If someone can point me to an alternative to Rapha that looks as good and is as well made but DOES NOT LOOK LIKE CYCLE CLOTHING I'll be at it like a shot.
I'm not exactly an off-bike fashion plate, but I've had good luck wearing either a t-shirt or tucking my solid-color jersey in my cargo shorts or cargo pants with zip-off legs when off-bike and thought
I looked okay ("Why are all those people staring and pointing?"). If in cool weather, I put on my smoothout fleece jacket, which is black like all my cold-weather gear (to better absorb any heat from sunlight; it does make a difference).
Richie, what sort of off-bike "look" are you aiming for? If it is the sort of thing where you want to look like you aren't
biking, then Ex Officio may be your company ( http://www.exofficio.com/
). Their stuff looks casual-outdoorsy and is all geared toward the traveler with lightweight, low-wrinkle fabrics that can be washed in a hand basin and dried on a shower rod overnight -- in just a couple hours in summer's heat. They make my Amphi cargo shorts, which I also wear for "good". And, the new Nio version of those shorts (replacing the kind I love with the built-in mesh brief) would be light enough and likely just long enough to wear over dedicated lycra cycling shorts without problems. The Ex Officio stuff isn't cheap, but it surely lasts. My shorts usually die from sun-rot, which means about 8 years' hard, hard use. I buy mine on sale and at season's end closeouts for about 60% reduction, so I'm always wearing last (five) year's styles but who cares 'cos it is pretty timeless.
This is one of their "civilian-looking" casual shirts: http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/mens-roughian-macro-plaid-short-sleeve-shirt
...pair it with these...http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/mens-nio-amphi-pant-short-length
...and you'd blend in nicely at any event here in Oregon short of a full-formal thing. Of course, "formal" in Eugene means wearing a shirt with a collar. One that isn't tie-dyed.
I spend most of my time in either jeans (winter) or EO Amphi cargo shorts (summer) and a "technical" or "dry" t-shirt. Does for work, since most if it is done from home. The shirts with collars are reserved for dentist and doctor appointments, dinners with friends, and meeting clients in person. Funerals and weddings get the tuxedo (if a member of the wedding party) or sport coat and tie with dress pants and good shoes (everything else truly formal including meeting clients in their work environment).