By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, “Rain City” is not an umbrella city. Locals and transplants alike face foul weather with a flick of the hood.
That said, fashion-conscious Seattleites have long been stymied on how to look cute in a parka. Designers are starting to get hip to the hood, though, and they’re popping up on everything from wool coats to cardigans. Here are some pieces that will keep your head covered and your style intact.
Coat & jackets
A puffy coat is the best defense against a raw winter day, but unfortunately, most of them also make the wearer look like an Arctic explorer. To add some shape, choose a coat with a belt and nipped-in waist, such as DKNY’s Hooded Faux-Fur-Trim Belted Down Puffer Coat ($130 at Macy’s) or Cole Haan’s Essential Down Chevron with Removable Hood ($395 at zappos.com).
Not into puffy? Try Topshop’s Walter Hooded Cotton Parka ($150 at Nordstrom), which provides warmth and downtown cool. Or go uptown with with J.Crew’s Stadium Cloth Hooded Zip Coat ($398), which features subtle color blocking for a bit of preppiness.
If you live in a hiking jacket, get a bit more style from North Face’s Sashanna Soft Shell Jacket ($230 at northface.com), which comes in purple, ivory, navy and — yes, Seattle — black. It features an adjustable tie belt, removable hood and a stretchy outer shell that’s windproof and water-resistant.
The three-season Eddie Bauer MacKenzie Trench Coat (on sale for $140) features a flattering empire waist and princess seams, as well as a water-repellant finish and sealed seams.
You might not want to wear the Elevenses Berwick Swing Coat ($188 at Anthropologie) during a downpour, but it offers plenty of country-chic coverage for a stroll in the drizzle. It features a brushed plaid pattern, toggle buttons and a removable, faux-fur-trim hood.
Keep your core warm and your style intact with a vest, such as the cap-sleeve, ribbon-belted Lululemon Spring Fling Puffy Vest ($128). Layer this unique piece over a sweater on those not-too-cold days and be ready to count the compliments.
For a little more heft, there’s Eddie Bauer’s High Pass Down Vest ($149), which would look smashing après-ski or stalking the streets of Seattle.
Sweatshirts & sweaters
Hoodies may have gotten their start at the gym, but they’ve come a long way from plain gray. After a sweaty workout, layer on Lucy’s In The Moment Pullover ($69), with elbow-length sleeves and a kangaroo pocket, or the slimming, stretchy Athleta Bright Stripe Hoodie ($118).
For the ultimate in Seattle hooded chic, opt for a sweater, such as the cozy, printed Ya London Brr-fect Match Open Cardigan ($56 at Purpose, Kirkland and Bremerton), or the casual, unstructured Splendid Draped Thermal Hoodie ($98 at Nordstrom).
Of course, no discussion of hoodies would be complete without mentioning Seattle-based Prairie Underground. Created by design duo (and high school pals) Davora Lindner and Camilla Eckersley, the line’s unique, organic-cotton hoodies have garnered a cult following for their effortless cool.
Perennial favorites include the Long Cloak Hoodie ($238–$275) and its sibling, the Cloak Hoodie ($230), which feature the brand’s signature tapered fit and generous hood. New standouts for this season include the Tiny Dancer Hoodie (on sale for $248), with an asymmetrical zip front, and the perfect-over-leggings Amulet Pullover (on sale for $218, all at Show Pony, Fremont).