There is a definite fashion meets function vibe sweeping the fashion scene and there is no better proof of it than the rapidly rising popularity of the Anorak Jacket.
Anorak Jackets were originally constructed as a pull-over jacket in the 1940’s as a means to keep the troops dry. The lightweight fishtail parka infiltrated the fashion scene several years later as a key garment for members of London’s mod scene. After that, it gained a bad rap, more associated with ’90s L.L.Bean catalogs and the granola crowd.
This season designers have reinterpreted this camp-ground classic, reinventing and elevating it into a fashion-must in the form of long-sleeved t-shirts, short sleeved sweatshirts, figure hugging mini dresses and zip up parka-hybrid jackets.
The trend has its roots in the street-style Gorpcore scene but spread quickly to become a staple piece in just about every Fall 2018 collection. Ferragamo glided down the runways with uber chic poncho type anoraks, R13 showcased vibrant yellow and safety-orange pocket clad anoraks, Burberry sported slouchy over-sized sporty zip up anoraks and Off-White manifested equestrian-inspired floor-sweeping drama filled hooded cape-like anoraks .
Nowadays, REI-inspired wardrobe accents are as much the mark of a fashion gal as, say, chunky-soled sneakers or leopard print anything.
So incorporating one into your seasonal look will totally earn you a fashion badge of honor.
You’ll want to wear yours slightly oversized and pair it with something feminine like a flirty party dress or flowing skirt. Try adding a glammed up bag and a little sparkle to create a perfectly styled sporty/feminine mash-up.
In the Details: I had to share the story of this clutch. I had been wanting an acryllic/lucite clutch FOREVER but the Edie Parker ones are crazy expensive. Last year at the Neiman Marcus Holiday Blogger Brunch we were introduced to these cute double sided clutches by Bari Lynn which are sold in the CHILDRENS department for a fraction of the price. One side says “LOL” and the other “OMG”. I snatched this one up on clearance AFTER Christmas for next to nothing and it’s quickly become one of my favorite pieces. This year they have a tons of cute ones including a Naughty/Nice, Crazy/Cool and a bedazzled stars one!
What I’m Wearing: Willow & Clay Anorak Jacket- similar found here | Nasty Gal Leopard Skirt | Wildfox Applique Cropped Sweater | Neiman Marcus Bari Lynn Double Sided Acrylic Clutch | INC Booties | Chloe Sunglasses|
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