Not many on-trend items are this practical
It’s a simple fact of life in this age of consumerism that some things are just more fun to shop for than others. Allow us to demonstrate using a one-to-ten scale.
Toilet paper: one. A particularly nice pair of socks: five, six at a push. A new jacket, on the other hand: ten out of ten every single time.
Nothing beats investing in a quality piece of outerwear, and as always, we’ve got your back when it comes to finding an excuse to buy one. Introducing the windbreaker: a functional piece of kit that is more deserving than most of a spot in your jacket rotation.
This lightweight transitional staple is perfect for anyone looking to inject a dash of retro throwback goodness into their lives. Plus, it has the added benefit of being infinitely more functional than a pair of chunky trainers or an ill-fitting Coogi sweatshirt.
What Is A Windbreaker?
In short, a windbreaker is what’s been missing from your wardrobe. It’s an ultra-light, packable jacket that has been purpose built to keep troublesome spring and autumn weather conditions at bay.
Though conceived for use on the track and field, the absorption of sportswear into mainstream fashion means you don’t have to be training for a marathon in order to wear one out and about.
As the more insightful among you may have deduced from the name, the windbreaker’s primary purpose is to take the edge off when it’s blowing a gale outside. However, in recent years, advancements in outerwear construction techniques have seen these wafer-thin wonder garments become water repellant by employing specialist coatings and in some cases, taped seams.
Why You Need A Windbreaker In Your Wardrobe
Assuming you’re already the proud owner of a raincoat, a puffer jacket and a fleece, a windbreaker is the final piece of the all-weather outerwear jigsaw puzzle.
This is a jacket that’s got your back when conditions take a sudden nosedive. It will fold up to no bigger than a large slice of pizza, making it the perfect size for stuffing into a backpack or even a cross-body bag to combat that unpredictable transitional weather.
That’s just the practical side of things – windbreakers have form as well as function on their side, too.
Most menswear types are hesitant to call retro sportswear a trend because it’s been lingering around for as long as most of us care to remember and shows no discernible signs of falling from favour any time soon. This type of jacket is rooted in the ’80s and ’90s, meaning vibrant colours and retro prints are par for the course.
If you’re looking for a sensible way to hop on the throwback sportswear bandwagon then, a windbreaker is the perfect garment for you. Let’s not forget though that before sportswear was even a thing this humble garment was a key piece in the mountaineer’s wardrobe, which is reflected in the brands that have made the windbreaker its signature today. But, even if you’ve never hiked and barely get to work up a sweat, you can still make it work for you.
This article was taken from “Fashionbeans”