Fashion FAQ: What are Windbreakers, Exactly?

Windbreakers are so named because they are designed to resist wind (and light rain)


Christopher Shannon


These light jackets are almost always made of a synthetic material (polyester or nylon) and elastic arm and waistbands, and better-designed models would come with hoods and large inside pockets—all the better to keep one’s gadgets dry as well.

While windbreakers tend to lean much more toward functional garments, that hasn’t stopped some brands and designers—Christopher Shannon, for example—to play around with the basic design and elevate the utilitarian garment into something truly fashionable.



This article first appeared in DA MAN Style Fall/Winter 2015. Click here to get a copy of our back issues.