I know, I know. Spring is typically the season most commonly associated with rain. April showers and May flowers and all that jazz, right? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it also rains in the fall. And on top of all the rain, it’s also cold and—more inconveniently—windy as hell. Now, on most rainy spring days, you can get away with just an umbrella, but I have a message for all the people still trying to use umbrellas in the fall: PLEASE stop, you’re going to put an eye out.
There’s really no sight sadder than watching someone struggle with their umbrella turning inside out while they get smacked with gusts of wind and pounded with buckets of rain. They inevitably get soaked and, more often than not, just end up abandoning their poor mangled umbrella on the side of the street. It’s a travesty. So kindly, do us all a favor, and instead of setting yourself up for the unfortunate failure of a broken umbrella, just get a raincoat already.
But not just any raincoat. Between material choice and, uh, general fashion sensibility, there’s a lot of places to go wrong here. So, we took the liberty of rounding up 10 extraordinarily cool and efficient raincoats (and rain hats for some of those coat options without hoods!) that we hope you’ll don this fall instead of making yourself look like a fool with an umbrella. Happy slickin’.