In the wrong hands, tailored tech fabrics can be a dicey proposition—there’s a tendency to go too rugged.

Which is why we were pleasantly surprised by the indestructible yet citified Spelman Pants by NYC label Proof. They’ve got all kinds of technical innovation, but look nearly identical to the pair of grey trousers you’re wearing with your navy blazer as you read this. But these are waterproof (and spilt-scotch-proof). Oh, and they’re 30% off over at UrbanDaddy Perks. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Proof designs and tailors all of their rugged menswear in NYC—and these pants are the pièce de résistance of their line, using high-performance, breathable, quick-drying fabric that’s been treated to be waterproof, dirt-repellent and happy-hour-spills-resistant.

Who to Channel: An avid outdoorsman in a board meeting; someone who bikes to work; pre-kilt Kanye West at New York Fashion Week.

When to Wear It: These pants should come in handy anytime it’s raining out, or you plan on doing some extracurricular activities after work that require heightened lower-body mobility.

Think of This As: A Patagonia jacket for your legs disguised as the nicest pants you own.

Some inspiration from Mr.West…

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar