Three Types of Rain Jackets that Keep Women Dry

What to wear when it’s wet outside, either in a drizzle or an all-day downpour.

Woman wearing pink raincoat
Whether you need a heavy suit designed for a downpour, or a packable jacket you can toss into your vehicle, there’s a rain jacket suited for nearly any sour weather you might face.Unsplash/Gabe Pierce

Here’s the thing about a rain jacket: Unless you live in a drought-stricken area, you’re rarely happy that you have to wear one. Besides not liking the weather, you also may not like the way you look in a rain jacket. However, a rain jacket is a much better alternative than having soaked, saggy, dripping clothes, leaving drips and puddles on floors and small pets everywhere.

Fortunately, manufacturers have come up with some very nice styles, allowing women to both look good and stay dry. But not all rain jackets are the same. The one to get depends on what kind of weather you typically experience. Here’s a look at three common types:

Columbia Women’s Switchback III Waterproof Rain Jacket
The Columbia Women’s Switchback III Waterproof Rain Jacket has an adjustable hem and is available in 32 different colors.Columbia

Often, you need a rain jacket for short trips in the rain—from car to store, from subway to office, from home to school. A lightweight shell designed for women is a good choice here, because it’s not so heavy that you’ll avoid wearing it and is form-fitting, so you won’t feel as if you’re wearing a tent. Make sure you choose one that is truly waterproof and has a hood that folds into the collar, so you can wear it as a windbreaker when it’s not raining.

Columbia Women's Arcadia Ii Waterproof Breathable Jacket with Packable Hood
Columbia’s Arcadia Ii Waterproof Breathable Jacket features zip pockets and a foldaway hood.Columbia

If you’re going to be wearing the rain jacket for several hours or going for a long walk or a hike while wearing it, invest in one that has a breathable fabric. Even a small amount of perspiration trapped under a non-breathable jacket can leave you feeling cold, clammy, and uncomfortable. Not all breathable fabrics are the same, so choose a jacket made by a trusted manufacturer to be sure you’ll be comfortable.

Navis Marine Rain Suit for Men or Women
The Navis Marine Rain Suit comes with a full hood, suspenders, and a Velcro storm flap over the zipper.Navis Marine

If you have an outdoor job or spend a lot of days outside no matter the weather, you should consider a full rain suit. A jacket alone won’t keep you dry all day—the rainwater will eventually run down onto your pants—which is why a full suit is the best choice. Naamah had plenty to do during the world flood (“Not tonight Noah, I have to feed two of every kind of animal.”) and probably chose the most efficient garments possible. You should too.

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