If the wild, unpredictable weather of the past weekend proved anything, it's that it helps to have weatherproof outerwear in your closet. While wool pea coats and topcoats will earn you style points, and waxed canvas ages well over time, the truth is technical fabrics are miles more effective against the worst inclement weather. That's why, when it comes to fighting the elements, we're strong advocates of outerwear that utilizes fabrics like GORE-TEX. While there are many readily available shell parkas from brands like The North Face and L.L. Bean, we're also fans of fashion-forward interpretations from cult labels like Isaora and Nanamica. Whether you choose to splurge or save, we've rounded up a few sturdy choices that can withstand just about anything:
$175 / $89
With its simple design and stand collar, this jacket is like a Harrington, but can keep the elements at bay.
Articulated sleeves provide more mobility, while fleece-lined handwarmer pockets keep digits toasty while others stow your gear.
The North Face, $399
With a performance shell exterior, this seam-sealed jacket is prepared to scale mountains, so it's more than enough for city sidewalks.
L.L. Bean, $179
Waterproof and packable: this hooded shell jacket also comes with improved ventilation for maximum breathability.
$549 / $329
Made from Gore windstopper and fused to bonded Japanese wool, this plaid Japanese-made jacket is surprisingly weatherproof.