My husband is so creative when it comes to giving gifts. Over the years, he’s given me tickets to the ballet and the opera, taken me on a haunted house tour, had an artist sketch a portrait of our family, brought home a china cabinet and an antique roll top writing desk in a vintage store that I love, and taken me to a bed and breakfast for a weekend getaway. My birthday gifts this year were no different. He gave me a beautiful cocktail dress and then took me to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Richmond. He also gave me a gorgeous anorak that doubles as a raincoat.
A Little Help From Friends
How did he know that I would love both pieces? Well, he contacted the owner of a cute boutique downtown, Monkee’s of Fredericksburg, showed her my blog, and asked her to recommend some styles based on my outfits. These two were part of a group of outfits she found. He admitted later that he also had help from his assistant at work as well as my sister in picking the final two outfits. He really does go out of his way to give me gifts he knows I will like. I’m a pretty lucky girl!
Of course, I have to showcase both pieces on this blog because they are so pretty. The cocktail dress will come later; it’s a perfect outfit for a holiday party. Today, though, I want to show you this gorgeous anorak. It’s water resistant so it is a perfect jacket to wear on a rainy day. But the material and its gold trimmings bring so much elegance to it that I’m also styling it as a blazer of sorts for a dress that I wore to the office yesterday.
First, here’s one way that I would wear the jacket casually: with a warm pair of leggings, some sturdy rain boots, and a slouchy sweater. The anorak is not thick, so it’s easy to wear a sweater underneath it.
It is a little longer in the back than the front, so it keeps your rear view fully covered. It also has a hidden hood which can be tucked away on dry days and brought out when the rain begins. Two side pockets with zippers are also handy. The front can be zipped up and buttoned so you stay cozy and dry on chilly wet days.
A Touch of Class
The material has a slight sheen to it which dresses it up a bit more than your average raincoat. It also has gorgeous gold buttons and zippers, which really add some elegance. The jacket is so pretty that I just had to wear it beyond a rainy day. I got the chance to do that yesterday. I wore this red and black dress to work yesterday and immediately thought the anorak would look great with it. So I threw it on, cinched a belt around my waist to give me a little shape, added gold accessories to bring out the bling in the jacket even more and I was off to the races!
You can see how I styled another rain coat in this post.
I love it when a piece can be repurposed beyond its original intention. This jacket is definitely a gift that will keep on giving.
What I Wore
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