Fashion Fridays

Fashion Friday: The Anorak

Before I get into today’s trend post, I just want to say Thank You to all those darlings that visit the blog and stay from start to finish, reading what I have to say. I have finally settled in with being back to full time blogging and have set up a schedule where I blog 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). This might change from time to time but I will be publishing 3 posts a week and will be incorporating new and different types of content onto the blog to bring a little bit of a variety.

Now let’s talk about the latest trend that is sweeping through our stores, celebs and our bank balance… kidding…or not. You might have gathered from the title of this post that I am in fact talking about the modern day Anorak or for those that don’t know the term “anorak”, it is basically a windbreaker. Seeing that August is the coldest month of the year in South Africa or in Cape Town at least, where we expect lots of rain and howling winds  – I thought that it would be fitting to talk about the anorak. This trend dates back to the 80’s but I so clearly remember it creeping into the 90’s because my sisters and I had one… or a few. An anorak is basically a lightweight jacket that is designed to keep you dry and fight the elements. The jacket does exactly what its name suggest which is to “break the wind” from the body, which is why you will see that majority of windbreakers has the elasticated cuffs and highrise zips extending high into the neck area.

Like I mentioned a few weeks back, I want to try and introduce more trends that is suitable for males as well as I do get the odd comment or email from guys requesting something or asking a question. Also, females buy their partners clothes, right? Heck I am guessing! Nonetheless, I have scoured the net once again to find my top choices for the modern day anorak that I think my readers would love. city-girl-vibe-x-anorak-trend-south-africaAs you can tell the anorak seems quite thin and flimsy in fabrication but it is proven to supply great heat insulation and is perfect for under,  outer garment layering. Most of the options that I shared are from well known sports brands like Adidas. I haven’t found an affordable option under R400 for this trend so I guess it can be seen as an investment piece. The windbreaker is definitely one of those pieces that you can wear from autumn to winter which proves that it is an investment. With the wide range of shade options available, I am sure you will find one that will pair well with items that you already have in your wardrobe.

It is safe to say that the anorak is no longer reserved for runners and cyclists alone as they are found in almost every store. We saw this trend in full bloom when Gucci sent anoraks down the runway for their Spring18 collection. Of course celebrities were quick to catch on and this trend has been seen being embraced by different generations and sexes. city-girl-vibe-x-celebs-wearing-the-modern-day-windbreakercity-girl-vibe-x-male-celebs-wearing-the-anarokAs you can see, these celebs put their own spin on this trend (or at least their stylists did) and I quickly came to realise that the anorak is quite unisex. I noticed that people prefer the more oversized or baggy approach to it so a men’s jacket can totally pass as a females. You can decide if you would prefer wearing the jacket on its own or as part of a tracksuit which is how the anorak usually gets promoted.

Will you be purchasing your anorak or do you prefer it staying in the 80’s?

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