I have seen these two words used interchangeably, and although they basically serve the same purpose (keeping the rain off of your head), they are not the same.
Parkas are jackets with a hood. They are normally wind proof and/or water-repellent. They tend to look like over shirts, and the most popular color to have these days is a military inspired color, be it olive green, khaki or straight up camo.
Anoraks are a hooded pullover jacket made of any weather resistant material. I have a “vintage,” (I use the term pretty loosely) anorak from Old Navy from the early 90’s. Haha! What? I said I used vintage loosely! ;).
I tend to wear lightweight parkas as my transitional jacket during Spring & Fall. I can layer it over a vest, with a scarf, if necessary, for those colder days, or wear it by itself on a cool day. My anorak, on the other hand, travels in my bag all summer long. Its design allows it to fold into a pouch for easy storage. So when the rain starts to pour on a hot summer day, I can dip into my bag and pull out my anorak pack for protection.
Check out the outfit below to see how to wear your parka this Spring, and mark this one off of your list.
This Parka has military inspired epaulets and a zippered collar with a hidden hood. I love this collar detail because when you don’t need the hood you can store it away in the collar and look really sharp with your high constructed collar.
A quick peek at the outfit: On rainy days…let me keep it real, on MOST days, I like to be snuggly, so I have invested in a lot of these shawl collar or cocoon-like cardigans. This marled, oatmeal color cardigan has specs of grey and white, so I incorporated those colors in the rest of the pieces. I used a white 3/4 sleeve burnout top and charcoal grey pleated culotte shorts to bring the outfit all together. If it’s cold out, add some tights or leggings to the mix.
I spotted these boots about a year ago on someone walking down the street and then later in the year I saw someone on the subway wearing them, so I asked her where she bought it. (Yes, I did! I wasn’t trying to let these boots get away from me again.) I love the sleekness and the buckle detail of these rain boots. They are so chic, you can get away with not changing out of them all day, and they are quite comfortable. With a pair of wool leg warmers, they can also double as snow boots. 😉
Parka – H&M
Cardigan – Urban Outfitters
White Burnout top – Zara
Pleated Culotte shorts – BCBG Max Azria
Boots – Century21