Having a windbreaker for the fall season may seem like a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how many people I know who don’t buy one! If you are one of these people, my question to you is whyyyyyy?!!
Now, I may be speaking from a “typical Canadian” point of view, but I know my readers in the northern US, UK and Europe can relate!
Having a windbreaker for the transitional months from summer to fall, is key.
Heck, their even great for the cooler months of spring. Ultimately, if you live in a climate where there are cooler, windier, blusterier (I guess that’s a word), then a windbreaker is necessary, not to mention practical!
So how do you choose the right one?!
The one I’m wearing here is by Soia & Kyo and is a personal favorite of mine. S gave it to me as a gift one Christmas after seeing me drool over it on a shopping trip we took in Montreal. I don’t wear it too often anymore because of the attention-demanding nature of the color (red can be a little aggressive for me) but it IS great when I don’t want to lug around a heavy overcoat.
Most important is fit!
As if you were choosing a new company to work for, the fit has to be P-E-R-F-E-C-T! One of my pet peeves about windbreakers in general, is how so many of them bunch up at the bottom elastic band that sits at the waist, while the rest of the jacket blows in the wind giving you a circular shaped body because you’re literally swimming in the body of the jacket. You want to find a windbreaker for fall that fits your body and waist snuggly, with about one to two inches max, of wiggle room!
To go for color or not to go for color?
Like I mentioned, red can come off as a little aggressive for most folks, and while it IS a “power color”, that really isn’t conveyed effectively in a windbreaker, compared to say a blazer. From my Instagram feed @inspiredbynick, many of you know that I’m a big fan of bright colours! Greys and beiges, while minimalistic, modern and having great hanger-appeal, can often come off as dull when worn on the body. Bright colours make a statement!
So when faced with the choice of which colour to go for, I recommend picking one that makes a pop, but that can be easily integrated into the colors of your current wardrobe. Red’s an easy choice because it mixes well with whites and blues, which I know I personally have a lot of! I’m also quite a fan of navy green and olive for fall, which again, blends nicely with blues (usually jeans for me).
Got any highly coveted jackets this season? Here’s a link to one I’ve got on my wish list from Club Monaco that I’ve been obsessing over for a while! I just don’t know if I can bring myself to adding a 33rd jacket to my collection. Well, at least not until I give my closet a cleaning and donate some gently loved pieces to a local clothing drive.