Designers are working in the vein of rehabilitation right now, and the most unlikely piece to rise to the top is the humble anorak.  This practical topper is yet another example of something you thought would never be cool again making the ultimate high-end comeback. It happened for the mum jean, the turtle neck and now it’s the turn for this wet-weather staple.

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My Theresa’s Veronika Heilbrunner
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Street style star Julia Sarr-Jamois in Chen Peng
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The normcore trend means that fashion is no longer embarrassed by function and its ostensible lack of polished aesthetic. It seems our appetite for practical fashion knows no bounds. Just look to Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga runway and Rihanna’s off-duty aesthetic for your styling notes (slightly oversized, in a cheerfully bright shade, shrugged on over a slip dress or head-to-toe denim). The It anorak’s allure lies in its very utility – so many pockets, completely splash-proof and a very fashionable reason to ditch your brolly.

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Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2016
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Rihanna sits front row at the LA Lakers game in Los Angeles wearing Puma
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Shop 5 of the best It Anoraks

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3.1 Phillip Lim, hooded anorak, $698. SHOP NOW

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Y’s, Black K-Raglan Jacket, $1675. SHOP NOW

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Tim Coppens, Shell-paneled stretch-cotton jacket, $326. SHOP NOW

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Scanlan Theodore, trapeze anorak, $450. SHOP NOW

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Hood by Air, Black Nylon Refle Jacket, $567. SHOP NOW

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