Seattle doesn’t quite merit its reputation for rain; it missed the list of the top 10 rainiest cities in the continental U.S. In the autumn, however, Seattleites can expect plenty of drizzle and cooling temperatures, culminating in a thoroughly wet and cold November. Whether you need a warm, durable jacket to enjoy outdoor sports into the fall months or a cozy coat to wear around town, the Rain City offers plenty of alternatives. Here are five top spots to search for autumn outerwear.

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1555 4th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 622-3147

Founded in 1897, Filson originally supplied outdoor gear to prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush and later provided warm, practical, sturdy clothing for outdoor laborers and hunters. Today, the Seattle-based company continues the tradition of superior workmanship and top-quality materials, from wool to leather and moleskin. Its signature Mackinaw Cruiser jacket, the original “workman-style” coat, uses the same pattern that popularized it almost 100 years ago. Filson carries both men’s and women’s outerwear and its lines include stylish wind- and water-resistant waxed canvas jackets for urban wear as well as the toughest gear for roughing it. While these coats aren’t the cheapest, starting in the $200 range, they’re made to last and often come with a lifetime guarantee. So as the store’s slogan goes, you “might as well have the best!”

122 NW 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 973-4470

Outdoor sports enthusiasts know that evo carries one of the biggest selections of outerwear in town. Fall might be a little early for the snow jackets, but with Gore-Tex galore and top brands such as Burton, Patagonia, Arc’teryx and The North Face, this Fremont retailer offers a wide variety of men’s and women’s coats perfect for camping and other open-air activities, through a drizzle or a total downpour. With two roomy levels of clothing and gear, the store has enough space to stock lighter, stylish jackets for the sporty fashionistas, too. Whether you’re in the market for everyday raingear or a serious sports jacket in waterproof, breathable fabric, evo will have the right item to protect you from the elements.

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5410 22nd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 547-2524

This downtown Ballard men’s store is the ultimate destination for the sharp-dressed man. Blackbird features elegant and high-quality outerwear from labels such as Robert Geller and Filson as well as from smaller international brands. Careful stitching, excellent materials and stylish, narrow cuts characterize the fine coats offered. Although these high-end items may seem a little spendy, the quality tailoring makes the prices worthwhile. The store also carries a choice selection of vintage leather jackets for a one-of-a-kind look.

Frock Shop
6500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-1638

Fans of the vintage look will adore the dreamy fall finds available at Frock Shop in North Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Even if you’re on a budget, you can nab a smart little coat with a charming, retro silhouette for under $150 from labels such as Hazel, Knitted Dove and Papillon. With the boutique’s ample inventory of chic accessories, you may find yourself putting together a complete autumn ensemble, perhaps with a tailored Frock Shop dress designed by owner Suzy Fairchild herself. Offering fitted fashions at a nice price since 2006, this gem deservedly made Seattle Magazine’s Best of 2011 list, as well as Marie Claire’s 50 Best Fashion Stores in America.

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Sell Your Sole
2121 1st Ave., Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-2616

When this hip designer consignment boutique opened its doors in March 2012, it enjoyed immediate success. Its cool, industrial loft space houses a treasure trove of brand-name bargains. As with all consignment shops, Sell Your Sole’s inventory depends on what consigners bring in, so it’s worthwhile to drop in regularly and browse the ever-changing selection. Savvy shoppers might just find a Burberry trench, a See By Chloé military coat or a sweet little shearling vest by Albert Makali at the fraction of the typical retail price. Vintage coats also turn up at Sell Your Sole, and with any luck, the store’s fabulous owner Natalia Biner will help you find the perfect accessories, too.

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