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Fall Jackets

Fall Jackets

I’m looking forward to sharing our Oregon vacation photos this afternoon. But in the meantime, one thing I noticed in Portland (other than how awesome the cheese was) is how cute people look in windbreakers. Our final weekend was misty and rainy, and everybody busted out an anorak. It made me excited for fall.

For our trip, I brought along this jacket. (I have the green one.) The length is super flattering, and it’s lightweight for those transitional fall days. Alex also used to wear this $26 one all the time and it’s really cute in person.

Do you have a windbreaker? Any recommendations?

P.S. A random trend, and the prettiest jewelry.

  1. I love my K-WAY windbreaker! You should check them out! They fold up into a pocket/fanny pack thingy! so great.

  2. I just had to say that model is STUNNING! jeezlouise, i had to stop mid-scroll and stare!

    oh yea, cute jacket ;)

  3. Well speaking of Portland, when I visited for the first time last October I picked up a beautiful wind breaker from Bridge & Burn. It’s super flattering and sleek and cut to fit a women’s shape (no drawstring on this guy!) It’s a burnt red which is a colour I don’t usually wear, but it looks so, so good (and I feel very west coast when I wear it around the streets of Toronto, where I’ve received many compliements on it!) Unfortunately it looks like they no longer have it online. :(

  4. CATHERINE says...

    you can’t go wrong with Petit Bateau! Ilove a touch of yellow in the rain.

  5. Deane says...

    Hi

    My big purchase this Fall is a shell. I’m looking at Arc’teryx out of BC.

    Though….I would like to know whose jacket you feature in the lead picture.

    Thanks

  6. I have the classic LL Bean rain jacket. I used to have it in orange (more like a bright yellow, but not as vibrant), but when the lining started to rip I traded it (for free!!) for a pretty green & mint one. I love it! It’s perfect to stash in my suitcase or car or even my purse if I think it might rain. LL Bean is the best because they have jackets that are 100% waterproof (as opposed to water resistant, which won’t keep out the wet if you are outside for a long time or in heavy rains), and their return policy is number one.

  7. yael steren says...

    Wow I haven’t worn a windbreaker in years – I used to have one I was obsessed with about 15 years ago from LL Bean!! Now, I’m more likely to just wear a trench coat (a few other people mentioned they do this as well). I’ve actually found some really nice ones at Forever21 in the past (for example this one – http://www.yaelsteren.com/the-trench-coat/). xoxo yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  8. Courtney says...

    I live in Seattle. Seattle residents are obligated to be patronizingly big sister-y to Portland. Seattle thinks Portland’s so cute, trying to be hip nowadays! ;)

    This means I must *really* mean it when I say: I love the jacket I got last winter at Bridge and Burn, a Portland designer/shop. My husband also loves the clothes he picked up there. We were super impressed by the quality of their stuff. They no longer have the jacket I bought, but their current jackets look pretty great. http://www.bridgeandburn.com

  9. Your anorak choice is so cute. I always see windbreakers and raincoats I like, but then they’ll sit in my closet because all I ever want to wear is cozy things–and those jackets always seem to be too lightweight or noisy.

    My friend, however, swears by raincoats and she actually has a fancy poncho she wears in lieu of an umbrella (through every sort of NY weather). Sometimes as I walk through sideways rain on my way to the train I envy her coat that covers her purse. :)

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  10. Ooh how cuuute! I love the length of it as well, actually, that reminds me, I need a new rain jacket…

  11. I love both of the yellow jackets! As an NYC newcomer, I feel like my wardrobe is vastly unprepared for fall/winter weather. I appreciate this post very much and agree that a windbreaker would be so helpful! I also love J.crew’s Downtown Field Jacket for weather resistant outerwear.

  12. Jessie says...

    Moving to Wisconsin from Seattle we were in shock by the lack of rain coats. Like you said, everyone wears a rain coat in the PacNW. It’s a critical part of our layers. And everyone uses umbrellas (That is how you can spot a tourist!) out here. I wouldn’t really go for a windbreaker since it can’t protect you from the constant misty-dizzly (not necessarly “rain”) weather that you get from September-May (it’s rainy for ~155 d/y! and cloudy ~220 d/yr). I love my Patagonia NoH2O jacket. :) Lightweight, colorful, and keeps you dry!

    • Born and raised in WI and I don’t believe I’ve ever worn a rain coat! I’ve had the plastic rain ponchos for camping and that’s about it lol.

  13. I’m not a fan of the “chhh chhh chhh” sound of windbreakers so I have a white I want to say cotton fall jacket. It’s thick so it’s warm and it has a lovely asymmetrical neckline with toggle buttons. If I need a waterproof jacket I just wear the white shell to my winter coat.

  14. grace says...

    I love the Everlane jacket but am worried that it might overwhelm a petite frame. Any suggestions for similar slow-fashion companies (just watched The True Cost documentary – have you seen it?) with good outerwear? I’ve been looking for a good army jacket for a long time!

    • Tamara says...

      That’s an excellent documentary. Highly recommend. I love my bohemian traders anorak. They’re a small, ethically sourced company in australia.

    • Lily says...

      I just watched that doc too! Really eye-opening. Don’t know if you already looked on their website, but they have a good list of slow-fashion companies too: truecostmovie.com/learn-more/buying-better/

  15. Paige says...

    I just bought a bright yellow jacket from Rains. It’s a Danish brand that does both men’s and women’s, and has surprisingly reasonable shipping. The jacket is lightweight and super breathable! I would highly recommend.

    • Dre says...

      I also just bough one from Rains and love it! I live in Vancouver where – like Portland / the rest of the PNW – a proper raincoat is necessary. And I would say Rains is the most popular brand here, from what I’ve seen.

  16. Cynthia says...

    I have a cotton anorak from LL Bean. It’s wonderful during transitional weather and I bought it because it has a hood and it is below hip length. I like hooded jackets because I don’t have to bother with a hat. I also have a North Face waterproof jacket I bought at a yard sale for $5!! It was like brand new and my favorite color, purple! When it comes to coats and jackets, I’m all about practicality, not the latest style.

  17. I have a classic looking trench that is made out of waterproof material and I love having it on rainy days. I can’t remember where I got it but it’s perfect for looking professional (or even just put together) when the weather is bad.

    Katy
    http://www.alittledailyhappiness.com

  18. Kate says...

    Aw this makes me want a cute rain jacket! Coming from an outdoorsy family that is super into “gear,” I have always had high tech but v boring outwear (like, a raincoat that matches the rainpants). Now I want to get one for fun!!

  19. Sabrina says...

    I love my Everlane jacket!! I’m from Seattle, but have used it as my go to traveling jacket from New York to Istanbul. I always feel put together and classic while wearing it, which is not always the case when traveling.

  20. MissEm says...

    I used to live in Vancouver, and a trench coat plus umbrella was perfect, but then people in Vancouver don’t tend to dress as sporty-casual/practical as the rest of the PNW (no fleece for example, but maybe that’s changed) and are more pro-umbrella. I love windbreakers and anoraks, though!

    • Lily says...

      Definitely true! I lived in Vancouver for five years and noticed that in a city with an average of 160+ rainy days, it seemed the majority of people did not believe in weather-appropriate attire. Lots of umbrellas and fewer straight-up sportswear apparel like PNWers just a few hours south of us.

  21. My boyfriend bought me a yellow petit bateau anorak last year for my birthday and I LOVE it. It’s lined with super soft Jersey cotton which is perfect for cold and rainy Ireland. And it is actually waterproof!

  22. Mary Jenkins says...

    very cute! my two nephews have the child-size petite bateau jackets and there is nothign cuter than kids in yellow rain jackets splashing in puddles. for myself i would want army green or black to feel a little more adult. thanks for the round up!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      adorable! just wish they weren’t quite so pricey.

  23. Claire says...

    Haha, definitely an accurate NW trend! Well, not really a trend, per se, as windbreakers are usually just a necessity with unexpected weather changes. I’ve noticed that few people wear pretty winter coats (like New Yorkers often do) because it’s usually wet and rainy in winter, instead of cold and/or snowy!

    To that end, in Seattle straight up raincoats are really popular, and we often flock to REI, Patagonia, or North Face for durable, long lasting ones. I have the classic REI she’ll and love it for it’s light weight, and, on cold days, will wear a thin down jacket underneath.

    I’d love to get a prettier anorak for sure. I think J.Crew used to make a lovely olive green one!

    • Claire says...

      *shell

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      everyone looked so cute in them! i loved the EVERYONE wore one — men, women, kids, grandparents, babies, everyone.

  24. Yes, I have a windbreaker. Not really stylish but functional: the name of the brand is Mammut :) But normally I wear my summer parka from Woolrich. This jacket is also weather-proof.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com