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Six Scandinavian Raincoats That Will Keep You Dry

Almost anywhere you live, a raincoat is a good investment. Raincoats are useful not only for rain, but for windy and cooler weather, as they’re usually fairly well-insulated. Because it rains in Scandinavia frequently, and because so many commute to work via bicycle, weather-proof gear is a must-have. A good Scandinavian design raincoat will see you arrive to work looking fresh as a daisy, or at least as fresh as you were when you left your home. Even better when it’s a stylish raincoat with a hood.

There hasn’t always been much diversity in choices, but now there’s a cool raincoat for everyone.

Here are the best Scandinavian raincoat brands to keep you dry, no matter the season:

Stutterheim

Fashion-meets-rain gear-meets-life philosophy with Swedish brand Stutterheim. While they’ve engaged in a number of exciting collaborations – working with everyone from Marni to Henrik Vibskov to Garance Doré – their real strength is in their basic raincoats. Available in a number of cuts, Stutterheims are immediately recognisable for their high-quality heft. They are more expensive than your average raincoat, but they will last for years and, thanks to bonded cotton, are also quite warm. Their philosophy of embracing Swedish melancholy is a charming reminder to revel in the things that make us imperfect.

We recommend

The absolutely classic unisex Stockholm in Yellow

from $295 | £185 | 1876 DKK

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Rains

Denmark-based Rains makes all kinds of chic rain gear, including their ubiquitous (in Denmark), minimalist waterproof backpack. Their unstructured silhouettes and great range of color choices make Rains jackets easy to wear, and the price points are strong for the quality you get.

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Their classic rain jackets and slightly longer parkas are a staple on the streets of Copenhagen. These ones have waterproof concealed pockets that are a lifesaver when biking. Otherwise, their lighter classic jacket is also a city favourite.
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66°North

If a raincoat can withstand the Icelandic weather, you know it’s for real. They’ve got a range of lined and unlined raincoats that both look chic and are extremely durable.

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The Laugavegur Hooded Raincoat and the Snaefell Shell
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Norwegian Rain

If Rick Owens designed raincoats, they’d probably look like this. Slightly gothic, voluminous and avant grade, Norwegian Rain coats are perfect for those who need protection from the rain and cold but can’t stand the thought of a conventional raincoat.

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The unisex Raincho Femme and the men’s Pilot Plus
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Arket

This premium Japanese polyester parka shell is part of Swedish brand ARKET’s 2-in-1 series, so you can combine shells and liners as you like (note that they are sold separately) for varying degrees of warmth. The parka is water-repellant and wind-proof, with a unisex, streamlined cut that’s both highly functional and sleek.

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Oversized Fishtail Parka
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Fjällräven

This beloved Swedish brand makes hearty bags and outwear for all seasons. They’re not focused on fashion or seasonal trends, just highly-functional gear that will last for years.

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The Abisko Eco-Shell Jacket in black for women and men
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Honorable mention

Cecilie Bahnsen X Mackintosh collaboration

A raincoat that will keep you dry, yes, but also incredible stylish. The Cecilie Bahnsen X Mackintosh collaboration blends Bahnsen’s feminine finishings with Mackintosh’s utilitarian, often masculine silhouette. The resulting collection is a delicate yet effective raincoat that’s guaranteed to keep your Cecilie Bahnsen babydoll dress dry in even the wettest of Scandinavian weather.

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Norwegian Rain

 

 
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