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The 15 Best Raincoats for Men, From Trenches to Windbreakers

Coats by Burberry, Etro, Gant, and more

People often think the key to getting dressed in the morning is finding the right thing in your closet. Wrong. It's checking the weather. 

In many parts of the northern hemisphere, the skies during this time of year can be very unpredictable; one must always expect, and be prepared for, a casual rain shower. To help you out, I've gathered a variety of raincoats—with different colors, lengths, and fabrics. There's one for you. (Also, in case you're looking for an umbrella to pair with your new coat, we selected five here). 

The Mac

Source: (clockwise from top left) Etro via Bloomberg; Oliver Spencer via Bloomberg; A.P.C. via Bloomberg; East Dane via Bloomberg; Jack Spade via Bloomberg

A traditional mackintosh coat is something you should have fun with, since you’ll get to wear it only a dozen or so times throughout the year. Choose a bold color or a splashy plaid, something that represents you. Just stay away from highlighter yellow.

(Clockwise from top left: $1,640, etro.com; $597, oliverspencer.com; $530, apc.fr; $1,195, Mackintosh at eastdane.com; $498, jackspade.com

The Trench Coat

Source: (from left) Saint Laurent via Bloomberg; Burberry via Bloomberg; Sandro via Bloomberg; Zara via Bloomberg

The trench coat was born during World War I and introduced by Thomas Burberry, who was, yes, the founder of Burberry. The brand was launched after Burberry began using a new breathable and water-repellent fabric called gabardine. A trench coat is a classic essential: It's double-breasted, has an exaggerated collar, and comes with a belt. Most often you'll see it in a British khaki color, like the Burberry version above. But I say feel free to go with a different color, such as navy or black. Just keep it simple; it is raining, after all.

(Left to right: $2,390, saintlaurent.com; $1,795, burberry.com; $695, sandroparis.com; $189, zara.com)

Hooded Parkas

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Parkas typically drop down to the mid-thigh, which means they protect much of your outfit. Look for ones that are super lightweight and water-resistant, because you're not skiing. The hood comes in handy every time you forget your umbrella, too, which happens to all of us. What's that saying? There are two kinds of people in the world: people who lose umbrellas and liars. 

(Left to right: $230, armaniexchange.com; $395, stutterheim.com; $1,900, Band of Outsiders at mrporter.com)

Windbreaker

Source: (from left) Tommy Hilfiger via Bloomberg; Gant Rugger via Bloomberg; East Dane via Bloomberg

Here are three thin windbreakers I like. They're great for warmer days when rain might catch you off guard but you don't need additional warmth.

(Left to right: $199, tommyhilfiger.com; $285, gantrugger.com; $415, Ami at eastdane.com)

Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @motiankari and Instagram @themetroman or contact him at mankari@bloomberg.net.

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