Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Trend Alert #4 - Antsy For An Anorak

I first noticed the anorak trend here in Seattle about 6 months ago and have been looking for the perfect one ever since.  Anoraks used to be simple and purely utilitarian and pretty universally unflattering, but that is all in the past.  Now the anorak options are fun and versatile and body conscious and you see them being incorporated into outfits in a stylish, "I just threw this on and it looks great" way.

#4 - Antsy for an Anorak

The defining characteristic of the anorak that makes it so throw-on chic is the drawstring waist and all the new trendy designs make these functional jackets cutting edge and the perfect outfitter topper.  This is a staple piece that justifies an investment (if you are able to spare the $), so for this particular spring trend place importance on quality versus quantity.

Here are some investment worthy high-quality anoraks (with price tags to match):

Ali Ro Short Sleeve Anorak with Contrast Trim

Ali Ro Short Sleeve Anorak with Contrast Trim - nude with the neon pink trim is so of the moment.

Adidas by Stella McCartney 

Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Hooded Lightweight Shell Jacket - this is my absolute favorite.

Miu Miu 

Miu Miu Star-Print Raincoat - throw this on with a fun shoe and handbag and you are set.


Chloe Drawstring Satin-Crepe Anorak Coat - luxurious and sleek.

bebeBLACK Hooded Chest Zipper Pocket Anorak - so flattering and fresh looking.

Red Valentino 

Red Valentino Floral Lined Twill Parka - a goes with everything cut and color with a floral twist.

Jil Sander 

Jill Sander Lightweight Water-Repellent Parka - tangerine and I are having a thing right now.

Penfield Vassan Mountain Parka

Madewell Penfield Vassan Mountain Parka - preppy and classic.

Want to have fun with the anorak without the sticker shock?  Here are some great options:

bebe Anorak with Detachable Hood

bebe Anorak with Detachable Hood - the detachable hood makes this versatile.

Soïa & Kyo Packable Anorak

Soia & Kyo Packable Anorak - the color and sheen of this coat called out to me.

Forever 21 Life in Progress Utility Jacket - the color and price point on this coat are unbeatable.

Forever 21 Longline Casualty Jacket - picturing this with floral jeans or an all over pastel look.

Sherpa Lined Anorak Jacket - I'm a sucker for the old world style of the faux fur lined hood.

Mossimo® Womens Rain Anorak - Assorted Prints.Opens in a new window

Mossimo Women's Rain Anorak - polka dots and red...need I say more?

MICHAEL Michael Kors Metallic Linen Anorak (Plus) - metallic is so fancy and festive.

Betsey Johnson coat

Betsey Johnson Ruffle Trim Anorak - clean cut and sometimes simpler is better.

The anorak enables us to rock spring style without compromising comfort (given the November-esque weather we've been having in Seattle).  So throw on a peplum top, some silk pants, a flatform, and your trusty anorak and have fun playing with spring style.  And stay tuned for more of my spring trend alerts!

Images courtesy of Nordstrom, Net-a-porter, Piperlime, Forever 21,, and Polyvore.


  1. Thank you so much sweetie,I just followed:) Can you see me in your list?

    1. Hi Laura! I don't see you in my list? :( Weird! Happy Friday!

  2. cute!!!

  3. veeeery veeeery interesting!