Review: J. Crew Classic Raincoat

Happy (second day of) Spring!

While temperatures continue to seesaw wildly here in the Northeast, I’ve already put away my down parkas to make room for raincoats in preparation for rainy season.

One new addition to my raincoat repertoire is J. Crew’s “Classic Raincoat.” It’s available in three colors online: a bright, cheerful yellow; a classic navy with gingham lining; and the “Alpine” green seen here.

The style is lightweight, if not particularly compact. But the streamlined cut (which resembles the fit of a car coat) leaves little room for bulky layers, making this a warm(er) weather option. If you live in an area with cooler springs, order a size up to accommodate thicker layers. The coat in petite fit hits at mid-thigh and measures about 33.5″ in length.

The retail price, $178, is fairly spendy for a rain coat (especially one with a plasticky/rubbery exterior), but 30-50% off sales are common, so there’s no need to pay full price.

One design detail that J. Crew reintroduced in its recent collections is the printed interior, which had gone away en masse when the cost-cutting ramped up in the mid-to-late aughts. This detail makes mundane basics, like a practical raincoat, a little more exciting, and helps differentiate the product from a host of other options.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!


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