Blending Scandinavian style with high-tech utility, these jackets will have you wishing for rain.

The raincoat is an indispensable closet staple that can all too easily skew frumpy instead of fashionable—which is all the more reason to invest in a statement piece that can keep you dry year-round. In our hunt for the perfect rain jacket, we started in a region that’s known for unforgiving weather: Scandinavia. From the classic, minimalist Stutterheim coat to the street-ready Rains jacket, the options below are designed for performance and look just as chic in the great outdoors as they do in the urban jungle.

Based in Stockholm, Stutterheim brands itself as offering

Based in Stockholm, Stutterheim brands itself as offering “Swedish melancholy at its driest.”

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Stutterheim 

Far from combatting the rain, Stockholm brand Stutterheim relishes the gloom, selling minimalist coats with the tagline “Swedish melancholy at its driest.” Founder Alexander Stutterheim found inspiration for the coat’s classic contours in his grandfather’s old fishing jacket, and the accompanying emotional resonance of pensiveness, wistfulness, and creativity. The company’s offerings are a clean, contemporary take on the traditional rain jacket, made from premium rubberized cotton for a satisfying drape and a silky, smooth texture. We were struck by the heavy-duty, yet elegant, material, and impressed by the coat’s versatility, as the generous cut allows for layering throughout the seasons.

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Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat

The Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat quotes Alexander Stutterheim’s grandfather’s original raincoat. It is handmade in rubberized cotton, comes unlined, with double welded seams, snap closures and cotton drawstrings. The finest craftsmanship is used to create this unisex style. Photo courtesy of Stutterheim

Stutterheim Mosebacke Raincoat

Stutterheim’s raincoat in a loose-fitting, A-line silhouette is designed with a streamlined aesthetic. The coated PVC surface of the midweight shell wicks moisture for optimal interior dryness and comfort when you’re caught in blustery wet-weather conditions. Photo courtesy of Stutterheim

Fjällräven

You probably recognize this brand thanks to the ubiquitous Kånken backpack, the first iteration of which was designed in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, by then 14-year-old Åke Nordin. Officially established in 1960 and launched in the U.S. in 2012, the Fjällräven brand is now much beloved by millennials for its collection of outdoor gear and apparel. The company’s waterproof jackets combine simple, Scandinavian design with superior performance, and look just as good in the woods as they do in the office.

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Fjällräven Men’s Greenland Eco-Shell Jacket

Robust three-layer shell jacket, a sustainable choice for everyday outdoor life in wet weather. Photo courtesy of Fjällräven

Fjällräven Women’s Övik Eco-Shell Parka

Long, three-layer shell jacket in stretchy Eco Shell with excellent breathability. Well-fitting feminine cut, adjustable hood and easily accessed hand-warming pockets. Photo courtesy of Fjällräven

Rains 

Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, and founded in 2012, Rains offers a modern rendition of the traditional rain slicker that’s both high-functioning and stylish enough to pass as streetwear. The lightweight, water-resistant, matte-finish jacket boasts deep pockets and a thoughtful cap on the hood, which kept the drizzle out of our eyes. We were impressed by how warm, yet packable, the coat was, adding insulation without bulk. It’s the ideal layer for both daily commutes and urban escapades—and best of all, the styles are set at an accessible price point.

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Rains Parka

A contemporary and sporty Parka, inspired by the M-51 Fishtail Parka. The Parka has two spacious outer-pockets and a vertical chest pocket with zip and laser finish. The adjustable elastic cord at the hem and waist adds functionality to the garment. The fabric is lightweight with a matte surface and a soft hand feel, very pliant and therefore easy and comfortable to wear. Photo courtesy of Rains



Rains Camp Anorak

The unisex Camp Anorak is a reinvented classic. With a longer silhouette than most anoraks, this pullover rainwear item has an elegant yet sporty fit. Made from a water-resistant lightweight fabric with a matte finish, the Camp Anorak rain jacket has several pockets with hidden snap buttons and ultrasonically welded seams. Photo courtesy of Rains

Ilse Jacobsen

Staying close to her roots, designer Ilse Jacobsen launched her eponymous brand in her hometown—the historic, seaside hamlet of Hornbæk, Denmark—in 1993. Inspired by the wide, sandy beaches and dunes of Jacobsen’s stomping grounds, the brand’s designs marry understated luxury with utility, all while flattering the feminine shape. The brand has since expanded to include flower shops, a spa, and a beauty line, creating a universe that promotes style and personal wellness.

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Ilse Jacobsen Rain Slicker

Add charm to your rainy-day vibe in this jacket styled with a handy drawstring hood and flattering high/low hem. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Ilse Jacobsen Soft Shell Raincoat

This is the jacket you want to save for a rainy day, with its durable hood, handy pockets and sleek, longline fit. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

66° North

Named for the latitudinal line that traverses the small, Icelandic village of Suðureyri where the company was founded, 66°North got its start in 1926 when Hans Kristjánsson set out to design protective wear for fishermen and workers setting out to brave the wild elements. High performance, durability, and versatility continue to suffuse the brand’s product line, which includes the award-winning Snæfell Jacket, and a clean, sporty aesthetic keep these coats appropriate for city adventures.

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66° North Men’s Snaefell Jacket

The perfect versatile outdoor jacket. With a simple and classic fit it can be worn at pretty much any occasion whether you are biking around the city, skiing in the countryside or walking around during a rainy day. The jacket is designed for optimum performance and all seasons and can be worn over a mid-layer and insulation jackets. Snaefell has won the prestigious ISPO Outdoor Award and the Scandinavian Outdoor Award, S.O.A. Photo courtesy of 66° North

66° North Women’s Esja Gore-Tex Coat

GORE-TEX® take on a traditional rain coat. Elegant and stylish, long fitted coat in sleek design. Photo courtesy of 66° North

Norwegian Rain

Based in Bergen, Norway—known as the rainiest city in Europe—Norwegian Rain offers hardcore protection against wet weather thanks to sophisticated, high-tech Japanese fabrics. Founder and creative director Alexander Helle comes from a business background, while bespoke tailor and designer T-Michael lends an expert eye to the brand’s sophisticated silhouettes. The small, collaborative team produces exquisitely crafted coats that will truly stand the test of time—though the price point is decidedly high, with some pieces running well over $1,000.

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Norwegian Rain Genève Femme Coat

The Genève Coat. A neutral number. Not neutral as in no stand taken, more as in diplo- matic. This is the coat you call on when you need to make that call. Subtle, sharp and sartorial! A covert coat for all weather friends. This is the female diplomatic number! Detachable belt. Detachable hood. Waterproof. Windproof. Breathable. Horn Buttons. Photo courtesy of Farfetch

Norwegian Rain Cabin Double Breasted Coat

A traditional rain coat with a playful overtone and the trademark aesthetic elements of Norwegian Rain. Waterproof 3 layer jacket. Water column: 20 000mm. Breathable. Recycled. Detachable storm flap and hood. Packed with technical details that are all kept hidden to ensure a stylish peacoat appearance. Photo courtesy of Farfetch

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