You don't often hear the words "anorak" and "stylish" in the same sentence - until now. The utilitarian-meets-chic jacket is one of the season's most wanted, comfortable pieces. It's an effortless topper that looks casual and sporty, yet the new crop of anoraks add a touch of nonchalant sophistication (really!) to your basics.
Since most styles are characterized by a relatively loose fit, it's a smart idea to pair your anorak with something fitted to create proportional balance - a great pair of skinny jeans or your favorite leggings, for example. We've narrowed down our favorites to a few styles at all price points, ranging from sporty and cool to outright glamorous:
What did we tell you? This Tahari Nola Ruffled Urban Anorak ($99.90) is the epitome of fashionable. It makes clever use of a singular ruffle accent down the center placket, and features a stowaway hood at the convertible collar. The cinched waist and smoky gray hue give it an accessible, modern feel that women will appreciate.
Go ultra sporty in this Live a Little Techno Anorak ($68), an easy interpretation of the jacket. It boasts great structure despite its relaxed fit, while the seams and drawstring waist pull it all together nicely. It's the contrast of gold hardware against burgundy, though, that makes it most appealing.
Plus sizes can easily sport the anorak with confidence, because the shape is only slightly fitted - never body conscious. This Gallery Reversible Urban Anorak ($98.90) is a figure flattering option - and it's a standout for its radiant color and because it offers two looks in one! The other side is a simple black. Both glam!
Metallics instantly add a shot of luxe to any look! This G.E.T. Outerwear Crinkle Front Hooded Anorak ($228) is a not-too-ostentatious gold that still manages to infuse jeans and boots with a rugged sort of elegance. The ribbed cuffs lock in body heat to keep you warm, and it also features a removable hood and oversized pockets.
If money is no object, may we suggest this fabulous Cole Haan Packable Anorak ($304.50)? It's incredibly glamorous in rich bronze, and the self-tie belt gives it such a polished silhouette - and it comes compactly packaged in an adorable little case. This is definitely not your typical anorak!