Many people view windbreakers as ugly utilitarian items that should only be worn when absolutely necessary. However, modern brands have incorporated stylish windbreakers into their product lines, turning the useful garment into what can become an essential part of a women's wardrobe. What's more, women's windbreakers tend to be fairly inexpensive, as they use very little fabric and usually don't have a lot of elaborate detailing. In the following, you'll learn more about some of the cooler windbreaker styles for women.
Both sportswear and high fashion brands sells stylish windbreakers. For a cool affordable windbreaker, you can visit an Adidas store and pick up the Adicolor Windbreaker, which retails for $60. This all black windbreaker is inspired by the Adidas jumpsuit style that was popular in the 1980s. The jacket has color block details, a breathable mesh lining and the Adidas logo at the chest. The jacket also has front well pockets, a full front zip with an adjustable hood and tight cuffs and bottom hem for a tight fit. Zappos Couture sells a product of the collaboration between Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto's sporty ready to wear line, and Adidas, in the Adidas Y-3 WCL Windbreaker. This $340 retail windbreaker has dual zip pockets, a glossy red body, long sleeves and a 100% polyester body with 100% nylon lining. The jacket also has a high collar and long slash pockets. For an ultra affordable windbreaker, go to a Macy's department store or the company's website, where you'll find the Style and Co. Petite Hooded Windbreaker, which comes in a playful light green and has a zip front closure, zip pockets on the chest and side and a hip length body. While the jacket retails for $49, you can buy it for $16 online.
Many high end department stores sell great affordable windbreakers as well. Lord and Taylor carries the Lauren Active Blaire Full Zip Windbreaker, which comes in a colorful lime. The full zip windbreaker is made of a weather resistant microfiber and has an unusual turtleneck collar, adjustable snaps at the cuff and an even sewn hem below its vertical zip pockets. If you want a stylish printed windbreaker, get the Urban Mobility Pouch Windbreaker from Puma. This jacket was designed by artist Hussein Chalayan and has a removable hood which also turns into a carryall bag. The jacket is mesh lined and has two front zip pockets above the esoteric skeleton pattern. For a high end windbreaker, go to Bluefly and nab the Cole Haan Black Poly Windbreaker Jacket, a black or peach woven jacket with a round collar, drawstring pulls, a stowaway hood and gun flap detailing at the yoke. The jacket retails for $385, but it can be found for just over $200. Lastly, if you really want to go high end for your next windbreaker, pick up the Taupe Poly Anorak Petra Jacket from Moncler, a mid-weight windbreaker with a drawstring standing collar, a pleated front, wide cuffs at the cropped sleeves and an Italian made body.