Windbreakers are some of the most unheralded articles of clothing in the pantheon of essential modern design. It used to be about a trench coat. Then it was the perfect cashmere coat in black or camel. Let’s not forget the anorak craze of the last several years. All along right under our noses is the perfect workhorse cover-up, the windbreaker.
I first fell for them back in college and then in the ensuing years forgot them. A couple a seasons ago, I stumbled into a Prada store in Germany and found myself face to face with a rack of beautiful nylon hooded windbreakers in black on the outside and a contrasting color inside. Black/sand, black/steel blue, black/smokey grey and black/olive green. With their bright steel zippers gleaming I was hard pressed to choose. With Paris, Austria and Istanbul all on the itinerary before returning to NYC, I figured it would come in handy at some point.
More than just handy, that windbreaker was my go-to jacket for the remainder of the trip. In Austria I wore it over a sweater and down vest for warmth. In Paris it shielded me from rain and wind. In Istanbul it did double duty as a practical covering and at night it was a cool piece that went with everything. As easy to pack as it is to keep clean (wash/dry) I have become a hardcore windbreaker afficianado!
Here are some favorites and ALL are on SALE. A few I’ve added to my mix and some others I pine for. With sales happening everywhere, now is the perfect time to get one or more……
It’s true, there’s never been a stripe I didn’t love. Still, my hunger persists. I was just recently in Paris for a few days and wandering through the Marais came upon a perfect little gem of a Saint James shop. What says Paris more than a striped sailor shirt or beret, perhaps?READ MORE >
COS is a new player in the fast fashion game. My sister blogger Jolain Muller of PrimaDarling.com fame, turned me onto it back in the early summer. Besides its very reasonable pricing, it’s an unusual company with its own very distinct look. READ MORE >
There’s nothing that puts a smile on my face faster than landing in a beautiful place with great shops. Retail therapy sounds suspect but I’ve found after 30 years in the business of fashion there’s some truth to it. The weather can suck so loud you hear it, but if the window shopping or actual shopping is good I don’t care if a tornado is on the way. Palma de Mallorca was just that sort of city; an unexpected treat with some world class shops!READ MORE >
There’s something very seductive about altering the way you look. I don’t mean in the sense of a disguise. Just changing the impression you make by way of clothing. At a time when much of what is offered in menswear is slim fitted, spare or just derivative, Margaret Howell makes clothes with the opposite affect. READ MORE >
OAMC is a collection that’s making inroads in the men’s market. Not exactly a revolution is taking place but their point of view is compelling. Their mission statement states that the collection is designed in the present for the present. With a respect for the craft and techniques of the past, OAMC strives to create for now and not to recreate the past. Unlike so much in men’s fashion that is repetitious and banal, OAMC is challenging some of those codes. READ MORE >
There’s a Peter Pan thing going on a with a huge swath of the fashion industry stuck in an adolescent rut. Just look at all the kittens, dogs and cartoon characters turning up on the clothes of grown men. On one hand, I find it silly and cloyingly provocative. But when the obvious is eschewed for a focus on shapes and proportions then the idea becomes interesting.READ MORE >