PPB September 2022

Outerwear Staples: Jackets, Hoodies And More Jackets are the foundation of any outerwear wardrobe. Oversized silhouettes, especially big jackets in black, are hot right now. Hard shells should provide a looser, more boxy fit to allow for layering, so they can be a great opportunity for a branded product that is both useful and on trend. Soft shells (hoodies, fleece) should fit closer to the body to keep you cozy. This goes hand-in-hand with the trend of tailored micro blazers, which feature a very fitted, lean silhouette that may be more appropriate in a professional setting. Kristine Eng, a sales consultant for KNOSS Apparel, says it’s time to think beyond the basic soft shell and maximize utility for “a jacket that actually works for the wearer.” She points to KNOSS’ Legend All-Season Canvas Utility Jacket, which ticks a lot of feature boxes—it’s lightweight, water-resistant and has lots of pockets — and is versatile enough for a variety of uses. “We know utility is what is hot right now,” she says. Hoods and hoodies remain popular, as well, both as a fashion statement and to add warmth. Some jackets come with hoods that zip off or roll into the collar for storage. Pockets are highly prized, too, especially when designed with items like keys, IDs or cellphones in mind. Whatever garment type you’re looking for, says Davis, you have a much wider range of choices now than ever. “Two years ago, there might have been one style in one color,” he says, “and now there are certainly more options and material weights, patterns, etc.” Accessories: Get Covered Head To Toe When it comes to a rainy day, there are tons of accessories to keep youwarm and dry. “The umbrella is the obvious choice for keeping clothing not designed to be rainproof dry during your commute,” says Charity Gibson, national accounts representative with Peerless Umbrella. Over 33 million umbrellas are sold in the United States each year, and the average American owns two. This is a great You can’t go wrong with fleece, and this Men’s Inspire Bonded Sweater Fleece Jacket (shown in light heather) features a modern silhouette with piping details, as well as a vegan leather zipper pull for added style. With its casual but clean design, this jacket combines the sweater look with the comfort and ease of fleece, making it ideal for remote workers or casual work environments. KNOSS Apparel / PPAI 798753, S1 / www.knoss.com Texture is on trend for winter 2022, and bombers are back in a big way. This Weatherproof Women’s HeatLast Quilted Packable Bomber (shown in blush) has you covered on both fronts, plus it’s water resistant and packable for comfort and convenience. The jacket folds and stows into a separate pouch for easy transport. S&S Activewear / PPAI 256121, S12 / www.ssactivewear.com | SEPTEMBER 2022 | 33 INNOVATE Outdoor Wear Market Trends