The Style Councillor

Are you a bit of an anorak?

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Our Style Director explores the new season trend for the big outdoors

I recently overheard a conversation between two well-dressed business men describing one of their colleagues as a ‘complete anorak’. Although this initially seemed derogatory, they then went on to praise him for his diligence, thoroughness and acute attention to detail. These are no bad qualities for a smart-thinking man in our books, and neither is the association with anoraks. Their ordinariness and reliableness are what makes them so appealing and next season they’re going to be everywhere – in fact, anorak-wearing hill walkers are the biggest influences when it comes to outdoor wear. Here’s five on our new season shopping list.

1. Pilgrim Surf + Supply ‘Raymond’ colour-block anorak

Designed with surfers in mind, this hooded anorak is intended to have the odd soaking from sea spray, so will come in handy with the inevitable summer showers. Lightweight and breathable, the two-tone fabric is water repellent and comes with the benefit of under arm vents and side zips for added breathability. Designed for practicality, it comes with a drawstring hood and hem, easy-to-use snap fastenings and handy zip-front chest pocket. Roll it up into your work bag for those short sharp showers in the city or take it to the beach for when that coastal sea mist descends.

£265, shop now

2. Albam sailing smock anorak

Inspired by vintage sailing jackets, this slightly oversized anorak is easy to layer up when the thermometer drops. It features a single large chest pocket, for easy access for your wallet, and two smaller pockets for keeping your hands dry in an unexpected shower. The large hood comes with a nice detailed grosgrain tape fastening and can be pulled tighter to keep the adverse weather out. We particularly like this beeswax colour, which is garment dyed for a richer depth of colour. Pair with a Breton striped tee, khaki cotton chinos and deck shoes for an urban sea faring look.

£169, shop now

3. Monitaly canvas jacket

This American casualwear brand looks to 1950s design classics, and reimagines them up in a selection of contemporary fabrics and modern fits. With each piece going through a number of testing stages, you know this jacket is built to last. Made from wind resistant cotton canvas, it has an insulating quilted lining for extra warmth, a great addition given our fluctuating autumn temperatures. It’s cut in a looser boxy shape, so you can layer up underneath, too. What’s more, the drawstring funnel neck, a signature style for these overhead jackets, will keep you dry with only a quick tug. This navy colour is a timeless piece that will work as much with your favourite denim as it will with a pair of jersey track pants.

£265, shop now

4. Prada hooded jacket

Arguably one of the biggest and most prominent design houses to showcase the practical anorak on its runway, for AW18 Prada is peppered with pieces showing its technical leanings. This orange nylon version is a great example of just how the influence of the great outdoors has infiltrated the practical Prada man over the past few seasons. Designed with a high neck and adjustable draw cord hood and hem, it’s classic anorak territory. With zip slits on both arms for ventilation and cut in a more relaxed fit, it also features a small flap pocket across the chest. Team this earthy colour with a navy or brown roll neck (another seasonal trend) and a pair of olive corduroy trousers. Hiking boots are an optional extra if your terrain is more Exmouth Market than Exmoor National Park.

£735, shop now

5. Tilak ‘Odin’ jacket

Tilak is a Czech manufacturer of top quality outdoor clothing and this new olive addition to their range is packed with high-tech elements. The ‘Odin’ jacket is crafted from high performance ventile cotton, and is a practical piece with excellent weather resistant properties, plus the addition of multiple pockets. It is aimed formally at the outdoors guy, but we also expect to see it in numerous hipster London bars over the coming months, thanks to the current trend for anoraks. Ideally, it’s also a jacket that will encourage us to spend a bit more time in the great outdoors and away from our screens.

£368, shop now