Even though I grew up in Oregon, where the unofficial state motto is, "We're always wet!" I'm not sure I have ever bought a truly waterproof jacket. I gravitate toward coats that look like they should be waterproof (my Gap anorak, for example), only to have them soak through and disintegrate in the lightest drizzle, like so many papier-mache art projects on the way to the school bus. A recent downpour in London made me realize that it's time to get serious. I'm over being wet and cold and miserable, so I've rounded up some seriously waterproof jacket options. Not water-resistant. Not water-repellent. Waterproof. They may not be the cutest coats you've ever seen, but they will do their job diligently. Read on if you'd like to stay dry this fall...
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