Apart from the portrayal of elegance, the purpose of a garment is to protect and therefore conserve. This weeks issue of The Rail* looks at this idea to inspire a selection of clothes that set out to shield your body from the unpredictability of today’s climate. Umbrellas are not welcome here.

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Gentleman: Grey Merino Crew Neck Sweater, £235, by THOM SWEENEY

Ape: Everyday Classic Sweater, £128, by SATURDAY’S NYC

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Gentleman: Maitland Parka, £725, by CANADA GOOSE

Ape: The Winter Parka, £152, by EVERLANE

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Gentleman: Dark Blue Cotton Denim Jeans, £370, by ZEGNA

Ape: Slim Fit 5 Pocket Jeans, £130, by AMI

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Gentleman: Suede Ankle Boots, £310, by TOD’S

Ape: Men’s Dockyard Chukka, £58, by SPERRY

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Gentleman: Navy Blue Bifold Wallet, £295, by LOEWE

Ape: Black Leather Business Card Case, £95, by DRAKE’S