As we work our way through this drizzly autumn, I'm more grateful than ever that these days, weather-resistant outerwear happens to be as stylish as it is sensible. For better or for worse, if you reside in the UK you'll probably find yourself reaching for some type of water-resistant jacket or accessory at least a few days out of every week throughout the year. Luckily for us, weather-repellant fashion has come a long way in recent years, and rain coats are no longer the only option if you're hoping to stay dry and look chic whilst you do it.
Jessica Skye wearing her trusty The Frankie Shop jacket at Who What Wear UK's Festive House event.
This season, the quilted jacket—the raincoat's cooler, chicer sister—has been working hard to keep the fashion set looking dry and polished no matter the forecast. Cropping up at so many of our favourite brands, quilted jackets are the outerwear trend we've been eyeing up for a few years now, but this season's offerings are the best we've seen.
Here's Marilyn showcasing the swingy volume of The Frankie Shop's Insta-famous version.
Whilst you might be familiar with The Frankie Shop's Quilted Ripstock Jacket—which has consistently sold out since its release in 2021—many of our other favourite brands have been putting their own spin on the lightweight garment in recent months.
Alyssa Coscarelli proves you don't have to go for black or dark colours.
A favourite amongst the Who What Wear UK team, quilted jackets were spotted on every corner during our recent trip to Kin House for this year's Festive House event. Styled with everything from cosy joggers to trusty denim, the versatile jacket proved to be a huge hit with our super-chic guests.
Danielle Oreoluwa Jinadu in a simple quilted shell jacket.
So when the forecast says it's going to chuck it down, park your old hooded raincoat and opt for a chic quilted jacket instead. From The Frankie Shop's inimitable version to Zara's more affordable style, shop my edit of the best quilted jackets to grab this winter.
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