Today, the influence of sportswear, streetwear and music festivals on designer fashion over the past decade has meant that anoraks, like hoodies, have been elevated to become a new kind of wardrobe staple. Luxury brands like Valentino, Balencianga and Givenchy, as well as more avantgarde labels like Vetements are producing premium, oversized parkas that are ideal for layering.
Still imbued with a slightly louche, not-bothered vibe, the anorak is a good option for high-low dressing. Worn over suiting, a good quality, well-structured anorak can relax an otherwise overly formal look. Worn over a tee, collared shirt or rollneck jumper, an anorak’s crispness can make an outfit feel sharper. (But to maintain that pulled-together composure, it’s important to find an anorak, like the Meridian
, that’s actually showerproof, with a breathable lining and a hood.)