We’ve all been there: You’re on the way to work when the sky turns biblical, and you show up looking like a drowned rat. But what if everyday clothes could repel water as well as a rain slicker can? It’s not science fiction: More and more informal duds are adopting outdoor-gear technology to create element-resisting casuals.
“I think guys today are less willing to sacrifice functionality for style,” says Roy Hakimian, co-founder of Active Cashmere. “Their clothes have to be ready for anything.” Even though every item here fits in with the fair-weather clothes in your closet, each is designed to rebuff nature. Next time the clouds roll in, you’ll be ready.