April showers may well bring May flowers, but they’re still a drag for getting dressed. Having to conceal your thoughtfully composed outfit beneath a nylon tent is, without question, a downer. All too often, raincoats are thought of like umbrellas: a functional tool to keep you dry, no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going. While function certainly is key, style shouldn’t be sacrificed just because there’s a downpour. The best raincoats take top marks for looks and utility.
Beyond looking like an afterthought, the other issue that plagues rainwear is comfort. Depending on where you live, showers may fall both when it’s near freezing and when it’s positively swampy. No one coat will comfortably keep you dry in both scenarios. That’s why it pays to invest in a few waterproof options that you can rely on in any clime. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up nine options to buy now and wear whenever the forecast is gray.