Know Your Terms: Anorak

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.
Photo: Courtesy of A Continuous Lean

A Textbook Anorak by British label Toast.

It is cold out there—arctic cold, the kind of cold for which the Inuits of Northern Russia and the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska invented the parka. Or is that the anorak? Dig: Though the terms have become somewhat interchangeable, traditionally parka (from the Nenet language, meaning “animal skin”) indicates a longer, even knee-length hooded coat made of said animal skins stuffed with fur. An anorak (from annoraaq in the Western Greenland tongue of Kalaallisut) refers specifically to a waist-length weather-proof pullover with drawstrings at the hood and waist. Nowadays, of course, we have myriad man-made materials to keep the moisture out but, generally speaking, if it’s a thigh-length down coat with a fur-lined hood, it’s a parka. A waterproof pullover hoody? Anorak.

And to learn how to wear a parka with inimitable style, see Jake Davis’s test shot with writer and well-dressed gentleman Hooman Majd, below:

Jake Davis Test Shots: Hooman Majd from Jake Davis on Vimeo.

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