Rain gear doesn’t mean wrapping yourself in puffy, bulky armor. Textile technology and construction have allowed for lighter, more comfortable, and even stowable pieces that make protecting yourself from a downpour much easier.
So, you get an impenetrable jacket that shuts out rain but allows your body to breathe, a rubber boot that feels as light as air, and a handmade umbrella that can be quickly deployed as soon as that first raindrop lands on your head.
Jacket by The North Face; T-shirt by Goodwear, umbrella by Fox Umbrellas, and socks by Fullcount at Signet
1| When It’s Windy
No rain, but lots of wind. An extra layer like, say, a bomber jacket in an oversized check will keep you toasty warm in style.
Jacket, shirt, tie, and briefcase by Paul Smith
2| When It’s Drizzling
Think of a spray as a warning. Put on this jacket (fleece wards off the chill) and bring an umbrella (foldables can be stowed in a bag). When that mist turns into a downpour, you’ll thank us.
Jacket, shirt, shoes, and umbrella by Hermès; bandana (in shoes) by UES at Signet
3| When It’s Raining
When raindrops are as fat as marbles, every detail of your rain gear should work hard, from the storm hood with an abrasion resistant chin guard to the umbrella whose tube construction makes it unbelievably light but sturdy.
Jacket by Columbia; sport coat by H&M; shirt by Paul Smith; boots by G-Star Raw at Bratpack; socks by Fullcount and umbrella by Fox Umbrellas at Signet
4| When All Hell Is Breaking Loose
Pouring? Best to stay under the covers with a hot cup of Joe and a binge-watchable show.
T-shirt (under pullover) by Saint James at Signet; sandals, change tray, playing cards, and watch by Hermès