Last year, I bought a lovely and warm quilted parka from Uniqlo. And I only wore it once.
Why? Because it was ugly. Unless you're someone like Sally Singer--who can pull off a floor length version with aplomb--or you've scored one of Norma Kamali's classic sleeping bag coats, quilted parkas are a bit hopeless. At least when it comes to looking "put together."
Enter the military anorak. Guys have been wearing these pumped-up versions of your fall army jacket for seasons upon seasons, but this is the first year that I've found several warm styles for women.
I'm going with Relwen's version--it's really, truly warm and won't break the bank at $500. (Yves Salomon's version will, but it's is an investment piece. As in, you're investing in your health by keeping warm this winter!)
Click through for this season's top anoraks.
www.relwen.com This thing is warm.
United Bamboo, $824 www.unitedbamboo.com I normally don't like faux fur, but this style is super soft.
Joseph, $2,276 www.luisaviaroma.com The hood on this thing is unreal.
Yves Salomon, $1,370 The website says that this guy is sold out, but I tried it on at the store on Saturday, so it's worth calling if you're really interested. If you like real fur and can afford it, this is the one to go with. www.openingceremony.us
Brooklyn Industries, $188 www.brooklynindustries.com I also tried this coat on and really liked it.
Rachel Comey, $620 www.creaturesofcomfort.us Love that Comey's snorkel coat comes in mauve.
Fjallraven Mårma Anorak, $350 www.fjallraven.us A bit sportier than the others, but still cute and warm.