We’ve been donning this new lightweight, waterproof jacket/shell from The North Face ($199) during the unpredictable winter-spring-summer transition, and it’s handled New York’s downpours with skill and ease. A generous fit leaves room for sweaters and blazers while pull cords keep the fit tight where it matters, warding off the elements even when the rain does that sideways thing. This jacket isn’t cheap, but chances are, neither is whatever you’re keeping dry.