A good raincoat is a wardrobe essential. There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing for it. If you have a good raincoat, the famous British weather is not a problem, and you can enjoy the rain! We've taken a look around the web for you and bought you leading UK clothes stores that sell ladies raincoats, mens raincoats and girls raincoats. We hope our site helps you find the ideal coat and you can get out and love the rain!
If you like to stay warm and dry, then consider a long raincoat instead of a shorter coat. The main advantage of a long raincoat is that it can keep your legs much dryer than a standard coat.
Many raincoats are made from water-repellant cotton; a small percentage of elastane (also known as Lycra or spandex) may be added to give some elasticity and strength. These raincoats often have a 100% polyester lining.
Microfibre cloth can be used to make raincoats. This is a strong synthetic fabric, either polyester or a polyester/polyamide (e.g. Nylon) mix. Raincoats may also be Teflon coated to improve their water resistance.
Gore-Tex raincoats. Gore-Tex is waterproof, windproof and breathable. The breathability allows sweat vapour to escape, keeping the wearer dryer and more comfortable.
Wax jackets (e.g. Barbour).
PVC raincoats. These aren't breathable so will start to feel sweaty if worn for a long time.
Roll away hoods.
Detachable hoods. The main problem with a detachable hood is that if you take it off it's easy to then lose it, or it will never be on the raincoat when it starts raining.
Loose hoods. Some people prefer a raincoat with a loose hood, as they find it much more comfortable when wearing the hood.
Foldable into its own carry bag, i.e. packaway / foldaway raincoat.
Decent pockets. Good hand pockets that are deep enough are important, and it's always useful to have one or more inside pockets too.
Breathable fabric. This will make your raincoat much more comfortable to wear, and is worth spending a little more for. Breathable fabric will mean you shouldn't start to feel sweaty within your coat, as moisture should be able to escape.
Upturnable collar to keep out the wind.
Lightweight. Weight is an important consideration for your raincoat, and you may find something that is lightweight more comfortable.
Crease-proof. Some raincoats are crease-proof, meaning they will stay looking smart more easily.
Machine washable. Some raincoats made from polyester are machine washable.
A raincoat with a lining. If you want a bit of warmth, you'll want to buy a raincoat with a lining.
Top manufacturers of classic raincoats for women and ladies trenchoats include Aquascutum and Burberry.
Brands of more contemporary ladies rainwear styles include:
Aquascutum Raincoats (designer raincoats)
Barbour Wax Jackets
Berghaus Raincoats (outdoor clothing)
Burberry Raincoats (luxury raincoats)
French Connection Raincoats (fashion raincoats)
Helene Berman Raincoats
Hugo Boss Trench Coats
Jacques Vert Raincoats
Karen Millen Raincoats
La Redoute Raincoats
Marks & Spencer Raincoats
Mountain Equipment Jackets (technical outdoor clothing)
Principles by Ben De Lisi Raincoats
The North Face Jackets
Uniqlo Raincoats (Japanese fashion retailer)
M&S ladies raincoats are extremely popular for their good value and contemporary fashion styles.
Below we list popular colours for ladies raincoats. We are currently building out pages for all these colours, so you can view a selection of raincoats (new or archived styles) to see if you like the colour. We've linked to the pages we've built so far.
Blue ladies raincoats
Light brown ladies raincoats
Brown ladies raincoats
Dark brown ladies raincoats
Green ladies raincoats
Grey ladies raincoats
Light blue ladies raincoats
Light brown ladies raincoats
Navy ladies raincoats
Yellow ladies raincoats
White ladies raincoats
Fashionable colours for womens raincoats include baby pink, biscuit, electric blue, navy blue and taupe. A bright yellow ladies mac is also a classic.
To see some examples of brightly coloured raincoats, visit our raincoats for women page. Colourful raincoats are ideal for bringing some cheer to even the wettest of days.
Classic colours for ladies raincoats are beige, black, dark brown, light brown, grey, navy blue, taupe and white.
Printed and patterned raincoats are also now becoming popular, e.g. snakeskin prints, polka dots or striped raincoats. High end raincoat designer Burberry has launched raincoat ranges with bold brightly patterned designs.
Burberry (luxury brand), Marks & Spencer, Aquascutum (designer raincoats), Helly Hansen, Hugo Boss, Mackintosh, Regatta, Nike (sports raincoats) and La Redoute.
The classic colours for mens raincoats are beige, black, brown, dark grey, navy blue, silver and taupe.
Three quarter length.
Full length raincoats.
Raincoats with hoods.
Ladies fashion macs are a real wardrobe favourite, and popular styles include:
Quilt raincoats - This type of ladies raincoat can give a sophisticated country look.
Full length raincoats.
Ladies Trench coats.
Ladies raincoats with hoods.
The term Mac is short for Mackintosh, and should really be reserved for raincoats made from rubberised fabric, as invented by Charles Macintosh. However, the term Mac is now often used to describe long raincoats made from other materials.
The term trenchcoat has its origins in military coats, and hence trenchcoats may be made from heavier material and have a heavier lining, and may feature more military type detail such as shoulder straps and cuff straps.
Brigitte Bardot wore a yellow PVC raincoat in the 1970 film The Bear and the Doll (l'Ours et la Poupée in French).
Columbo, star of the TV detective series.
See our page ladies raincoat with a hood.
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