One of our outwear staples is the army-green anorak — they're easy to wear, go with everything, and offer the perfect lightweight layer to transition from cooler Spring days to breezy Summer nights. If you haven't added one to your arsenal yet, let Diane Kruger's take on the utilitarian staple convince you to shop one now. The fashion pro outfitted her green Rag & Bone "M15 Moto" jacket with a crisp white fedora, mirrored aviator sunglasses, a white Rochas bag, and checkered Vans sneakers for a sporty ensemble with cool-girl appeal — walking the line between Spring and Summer styling. If you're still not convinced, keep this in mind: there are some amazing sales going on right now and we've scoured the market for a few equally awesome anoraks to make your transitional looks all the more stylish. Shop them below, then be sure to turn to these famous faces for expert styling tips.
Katy Perry and John Mayer had dinner at LA's Matsuhisa last night, and for the occasion, Katy impressed in a casual-cool ensemble. Up top, she wore an army-green anorak over a blue tee, and on bottom, black skinny jeans and lace-up combat boots. For accessories, the singer threw on a colorful scarf, black beanie, a black crossbody bag, and brown glasses. Re-create Katy's date-night look for your next outing by pairing a green anorak with a black beanie and combat boots. Don't forget a colorful scarf for a much-needed pop of color and print.
Ashley Tisdale went boho chic in a ruched little black dress and embroidered anorak while shopping with her mom in Beverly Hills. The starlet styled her low-key look with aztec-print Cobra Society boots ($592, originally $845), a leather and tassel CC Skye crossbody ($550), and oversize shades to create a flawless Fall-friendly look. From daytime dresses to layered looks, Ashley's on-trend ankle boots will instantly jazz up any ensemble. Score her exact boots — on sale! — to pair with distressed denim and a chunky knit sweater for Fall, then work them with a flirty maxi when temperatures heat up; the possibilities are endless.
Jenna Dewan styled the perfect transitional look while picking up lunch at Urth Cafe in LA. The actress layered an olive anorak over her blue python-print Heartloom dress, then slipped on a pair of below-the-knee Rachel Zoe tan leather boots ($625) for a Fall-friendly twist. Jenna then accessorized her bohemian look with a brown fringe shoulder bag, oversize shades, and hammered gold hoops. Take a lesson in layering from Jenna and pair your Summer dresses with an anorak, leather boots, and a fringe bag, then add a pair of thick knit tights and a cozy scarf when the temperatures really start to drop.
One of the best things about Fall is bundling up in cozy knits, plush furs, and killer boots, which is why we are totally smitten with Mena Suvari's layered NYC look. The starlet started with a black-and-white plaid button-down, black distressed TEXTILE by Elizabeth and James skinny jeans ($198), and textured ankle boots, then layered a fur-trim anorak for extra warmth. Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades, a black leather tote, and gunmetal hoops completed her cozy-cool look. Re-create Mena's style with her exact denim, a fur anorak, plaid shirt, and black ankle boots for a fashionable Fall.
Nicky Hilton headed to Malibu Beach over the weekend, but instead of busting out her bikini, she wore another fashionable ensemble, including these Topshop embroidered shorts ($70) — here's a similar version ($70). She completed her look via an army green anorak jacket, black tank, black ballet flats, flat-top sunglasses, a chunky silver watch, and the most striking piece, a hot pink bag. If you're heading to the beach soon, mimic Nicky's stylish ensemble by getting her exact embroidered shorts and pairing them with similar pieces, including a bold-hued bag.
Utilitarian-style tops and jackets have been a fashion staple for a while, and celebs have long been sporting the trend in both casual and fancy settings. Nicky Hilton was just spotted over the weekend wearing her fur anorak with all black in NYC. Others like Ali Larter, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Drew Barrymore have also added rugged cool to their ensembles via army-green tops. If you need inspiration on how to wear your utilitarian pieces, or if you need one in your mix, step inside for the full scoop.
>> Bundle up. The parka had a big presence on the Fall 2011 runways — from Rag & Bone to Altuzarra (left), the options on offer were aplenty. And with the likes of Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, and Alexander Wang all showing versions of the parka's lighter-weight cousin — the anorak — for Spring 2012, it seems that sporty toppers are here to stay. Click through for five stylish ways to wear yours, this Winter and beyond.
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We don't need any more evidence beyond three of our favorite blonde beauties — Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, and Sienna Miller — sporting army green parkas to convince us that it might just be a necessary year-round closet staple. It plays down the femininity of a girly white dress, adds utilitarian coolness to a lbd, and looks boyishly sexy with jeans and a red lip. Here are our picks for parkas to carry you through the year.
Reese is a master at the stylish warm-weather uniform. While taking a break from filming in LA, the actress threw on an airy red floral Madewell dress, topped with a green army jacket. A favorite of hers, a fedora, covers her tresses, while Ray-Bans shield her baby blues. Nude wedge sandals and a brown leather bag finish the look off with ease.
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