April showers bring May flowers -- and a wet sloppy mess if your employee gets caught in a downpour, wearing the suit he needed for the big client meeting in 30 minutes. Face it: Some members of your staff could probably use a good rain jacket.
Fortunately, companies like The North Face, Patagonia and Ice Breaker all have great weatherproof apparel that can withstand the spring torrents as well as the blustery winds.
The North Face has jackets made of its patented DryVent fabrics, designed to hit the trifecta: waterproof, weatherproof and breathable. Made for both men and women, the company's Resolve 2 jacket ($90-$110) is seam sealed, has a breathable mesh lining, and comes with a fully adjustable and stowable hood. Wear this jacket and you'll be singing in the rain, no matter how hard it's coming down. Another benefit: These jackets are sleek and stylish.
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Another great option is the Transcend hooded jacket ($450) from Icebreaker. The Transcend jacket is an ideal outer layer for chillier days. It's water- and wind-resistant, made of stretch fabric for comfort and seam sealed to keep the water out. This is a great option for those who live in areas where spring is a little too cold for perfect comfort. In addition, the jacket is highly durable and is meant to withstand the rigors of outdoor snow sports or long hikes in the wilderness. So it's sleek enough to look great as you enter the boardroom, and versatile enough to shield its wearer from the elements during a romp in the woods.
Finally, Patagonia has recently become iconic within the corporate set -- just Google "Midtown Uniform" to see its ubiquity among white-collar workers. The company's Torrentshell jacket ($129) is a tried-and-true solution for people who have to brave the elements on a daily basis. It looks great and is designed for complete packability, so it's easy to roll up and stash in a briefcase when not needed. It's also waterproofed with Patagonia's patented H2No performance shell, and for the environmentally conscientious, it's made of 100 percent recycled nylon fabric.
With these jackets, your team will be ready to rock no matter what the weather.