Help Me Pick A Rain Jacket

It’s been a tiny bit milder in Michigan this week and we’ve had a tons of rain that has washed all the snow away. Naturally, I’m thinking spring and have my eye on adding a new rain jacket to my spring coat collection. I have a very old, lightweight yellow coat, but it doesn’t have a hood, the fit is a little tight for layering, and the color is more of a darker “fall” yellow. I’ve decided it’s time to get what I really want! I’ve narrowed it down but could use a little help deciding. Here’s what I’m working with for my decision:

  • I’ve always wanted a classic yellow rain jacket, but my only hesitation is that my husband Joe owns a yellow rain jacket that he really loves. Anytime it rains even a tiny bit, he’s wearing it. It may seem trivial, but do I really want to be matching my husband in bright yellow rain coats? It’s one thing to both being wearing navy or black, but imagine a Caucasian, blonde married couple walking around in bright yellow coats – we would be snap chatted by strangers for sure!
  • Secondly on the yellow color – I see it often on models with darker hair and it’s a lovely contrast. I’m worried the yellow might wash me out a little bit or just not look as good on me with having lighter hair.
  • I prefer toggle hooks, specifically a lighter color rope. I love the way they look and the nautical style they add to a jacket.
  • A hood is a must-have, and I love that each jacket below has a contrasting hood.
  • The footwear I’d most likely be wearing would be red Hunter boots, dark green rain boots, or duck boots.

  1. The Long Seafolly Jacket by Seasalt Cornwall (a UK brand), has many of the things I’m looking for: great shade of yellow, really nice toggle closures, contrasting hood. I kind of like that it’s on the longer side since most of my other spring jackets aren’t like that. The downside is because it’s shipped from the UK, I may have a harder time figuring out my size and then it’s a risk of whether or not it will fit. It’s a bigger pain to return it if I don’t like it in real life.
  2. The Classic Raincoat by Land’s End is really cute with the stripes and the inside lining is a cheery yellow. I like the look and length on it, but I’m afraid it will make it a little harder to find something to wear with it. I wear stripes a lot and with this jacket there would be a whole lot of stripes! I don’t like having to think twice about grabbing a jacket and I may do that with this one because of the pattern. The stripes would look good next to Joe’s yellow rain coat though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. The Coast Waterproof Jacket by Joules is the only option that doesn’t have toggle closures on the front, but it seems pretty heavy duty for the rainiest of weather. The hood is really cute, so I can assume the whole thing is lined in the navy stripes. It says the fit is boxy, but that’s fine since I’m not looking for a really fitted jacket for rain. This may be my least favorite option, but when I look at the other photos online of it, it’s growing on me. They don’t have my size right now, but it seems to be a product that is around year round and gets restocked often.
  4. The Whitby Waterproof Jacket by Boden is the front runner in mind, but I still have some hesitation. If you click through the link and look at the other images, the material seems off, like it’s extra wrinkly (is it just me?). I love the toggles but not sure if I’m a fan of the sideways triangle that holds them. One reviewer said the yellow was more of a dull, mustard yellow, which might be fine by me but I think I would like a more cheerful shade if I’m being picky. This one always stuck out to me because it checks the most boxes of what I’m looking for.
  5. The Whitby Waterproof Jacket by Boden again, but in this cute, blue gingham pattern. It looks amazing, and while I have the same reservations as the yellow version, I still am attracted to it. Again, it may give me less options for what to wear since I probably wouldn’t wear gingham or smaller stripes underneath it, but it would look fine next to Joe’s yellow coat. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s more of a statement piece, so I can still see myself wanting a yellow coat even if I got this one.

What are your thoughts? Please let me know what you would choose if you were me below in the comments – THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Comments on Help Me Pick A Rain Jacket

  1. Ravae
    January 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm (3 months ago)

    5!!!! You donโ€™t have anything like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm (3 months ago)

      It’s really cute! Maybe I’ll convince Joe I need all 5 as a “push present”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Bri
    January 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm (3 months ago)

    Definitely 2 or 5! Iโ€™ve been searching for a raincoat for myself this year so I can retire my ancient Northface shell. Iโ€™ve been leaning towards navy to pair with a striped boatneck, green or yellow pants, and my hunter wellies, or even my L.L.Bean rubber mocs. Itโ€™s been mild in New Hampshire, too. Dreaming of sunnier days ahead!

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm (3 months ago)

      That’s a good point! I keep thinking the yellow would be easier to wear but I didn’t consider that I wear other articles of colorful clothing too. Thank you for the comment!

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  3. Sally
    January 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm (3 months ago)

    Your concerns regarding the color yellow are totally reasonable. Of course it would be the more classic option, but I think you might feel silly next to your husband. Iโ€™m absolutely in love with the blue gingham version number 5! That would be my pick. You can still add a yellow version, if you really want to in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best, Sally

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you for the comment, I agree! I think Joe needs a navy one so I can wear yellow, although that gingham one is gorgeous. I think you would look amazing in that blue gingham one!

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  4. michael
    January 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm (3 months ago)

    2 for sure! the stripes and white will look good with any color boots & pants

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm (3 months ago)

      The stripes are growing on me! They would be a nice base to go with any color and it’s still fun!

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  5. Victoria
    January 23, 2018 at 6:04 pm (3 months ago)

    Four and five are fantastic. Four would be lovely if you wanted a classic but I tend to agree with you about matching Joe. Maybe consider a vibrant red rain coat. Penfield or Pendleton more than likely have one that would be classic but still just as happy.

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:15 pm (3 months ago)

      I definitely don’t want to match Joe… His bday is coming up and I’m thinking maybe he needs a new NAVY raincoat so I can wear whatever I’d like LOL. I would love a red one! I have red hunter boots though and would want to wear them with this raincoat. I will look into Penfield and Pendleton as well! Thank you!

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  6. Kimberly
    January 23, 2018 at 10:57 pm (3 months ago)

    2, hands down!

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm (3 months ago)

      Those stripes are growing on me!

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  7. Maiah
    January 24, 2018 at 9:10 am (3 months ago)

    Iโ€™m an American student in the UK and Iโ€™ve tested most of the brands over there and theyโ€™re great. I own a yellow rain jacket too and I think any of the British brands are great quality. In the US I normally wear a 0 or 2, that would translate to a UK 6. I find that in the UK things run a bit smaller, *but* the fit of things are generally shorter (so great for petite people!). Boden is one of my favorite brands – I would go with 4 or 5!!

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    • thedressdecoded
      January 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm (3 months ago)

      This is such a helpful comment – thank you very much!!! I had no clue for sizing so now I know a UK 6 would fit me best. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I am leaning towards Boden too! I’m glad you’ve seen the stuff in real life and like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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