Style: City Slickers

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When the skies open up this fall, close your umbrella and brave the rain with these water-resistant essentials

Despite a glorious summer, the changing of the seasons will roll out a welcome mat of grey clouds and soggy skies. This is the Wet Coast, after all. But rainy days and nights don’t always require heavy trench coats and god-awful galoshes.

Technological advancements in textiles and fabric treatments mean your suit may be as impermeable as your slicker, and fabrics once ruined by mere mist now keep moisture at bay with ease. So are we seriously advocating suede as appropriate wet-weather wear? If it’s by Brunello Cucinelli (top right), then yes. Yes, we are.

Isaia’s water-resistant suit (above) is tailored from “Aquaspider,” a proprietary fabric milled exclusively for the Italian luxury brand. When partnered with a pair of weather-resistant Salvatore Ferragamo cap-toe oxfords, wet weather will be the least of your worries. Herewith, everyday essentials that will keep you high (fashion) and dry this fall.

ABOVE Isaia men’s suit ($3,450,; Salvatore Ferragamo men’s shoes ($520,

RIGHT This Brunello Cucinelli men’s water-resistant suede car-coat-length jacket has been specially treated to bead water so you can literally shrug it off ($5,195,

LEFT With sartorial references to both “duckies” and Kodiak boots, Native Shoes’ unisex Jimmy winter boots are functional yet stylish ($125,

RIGHT Urbanears Zinken headphones are collapsible, available in more than a dozen colours and boast a microphone and remote. Best of all, water rolls right off them ($120,