Weekend Wear: Don’t Let the Rain Get You Down
Don’t let rain spoil your weekend. Dressing for a downpour is so much easier than it ever has been, with practical (i.e. waterproof) reinterpretations of menswear staples — an updated trench coat, rubber Chelsea boots — that will keep you dry while also looking stylish. Pair them with black underpinnings that are comfortable and can breath, along with key accessories like an umbrella and a watch, and you’re good to go.
1. Burberry Oversize Storm Shield Tropical Gabardine Trench Coat, $3,095
Burberry may be king of the trench coat, but they aren’t content to rest on their laurels when it comes to design. The classic tan double-breasted silhouette is all well and good, but this olive version is a modern update on the traditional coat thanks to the oversized silhouette, hidden row of single buttons, high belt stance, and long back vent that lends a cape-like quality. What’s not to love?
2. John Smedley Merino Wool Sweater, $355 at Nordstrom
You might think a sweater is too heavy for spring, but a merino wool crewneck is actually the perfect choice for a rainy day. An extra fine merino wool weave is light and breathable, and should it get wet, it will still keep you warm and be quick to dry.
3. Tiger of Sweden Pistolero Jeans, $200
This is the new way to wear black denim. Solid wash with a mid-rise and slight taper as opposed to super skinny. The wider leg, along with some added elastane, means you’ll be comfortable and have room to move.
4. Francesco Maglia Umbrella, $605 at Mr. Porter
A full size umbrella that is made from quality materials — a hearty twill canopy and a natural chestnut handle — will keep you covered and can withstand a beating. The forest green colour is neutral but also different enough from black that you’ll be able to pick it out from a crowded umbrella stand with ease.
5. Hunter Original Moc Toe Chelsea Boots, $185
Just because you’re wearing rubber boots, it doesn’t need to look like you’re wearing rubber boots. Hunter has taken the Chelsea silhouette and beefed it up by making it from their proprietary lightweight and waterproof rubber and giving it a contrasting sole and raised moc detailing around the toe.
6. Frederique Constant Classic Quartz FC-225GT5B6, $825
While some people may say they’d never be caught dead wearing a quartz watch, Frederique Constant is about to make them eat their words with their new Classic Quartz collection. Timeless design (stainless steel case, croc-embossed leather strap, day-date functions on the dark grey dial) is married with a refined quartz-powered movement that promises 25 months of battery life — all at a price that won’t break the bank. Bonus, you can check the time without risking getting your phone wet.