The Best New Rain Gear for Spring
(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Sometimes, dealing with downpour is all about appearances. Last summer, at the World Cup, French President Emmanuel Macron had a winning public-relations moment when he was caught without an umbrella at the trophy presentation in his neatly traditional Jonas & Cie. suit, smiling and cheering through the pouring rain. You don’t need to go that far, but in your battle against the elements, you’ll come out dry—and looking like a winner—with these nine items.
Stutterheim Chelsea Rainwalker boots ($160) are a German twist on the original British slip-on. The natural rubber is comfortable enough to get you to the office and neat enough to wear all day.
Get in on the logo and camo trends in one take with the Valentino hooded shell coat ($2,150). Hitting midthigh, the anorak zips and snaps for dryness, and it billows loosely for style.
Adidas Terrex Free hikers ($200) are great for a wet workout. So are the Bose SoundSport Free wireless sport headphones ($200). They repel water and—it should be noted—sweat, too.
It’s hard to find an umbrella for adults that’s fun—one that isn’t black, can hold up, and fits in a work bag. The Barbour tartan mini-umbrella (from $50) pairs a wooden handle with the brand’s signature plaid.
You can wear the Nobis Chase vest ($495) over a sweater and under a blazer. With a detachable hood, the seam-sealed, waterproof nylon gilet is lightly down-filled for a little warmth.
The problem of what shoes to wear with a suit in the rain is as old as suits and shoes. Enter Aquatalia Duke oxfords ($450); the leather is treated to fend off water.
On a hike or long walk, a hat is often the best way to handle drizzle. Pair the Filson tin cloth packer hat ($70) with the Arc’teryx Veilance Nomin waterproof pack ($800), which has sealed seams.
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