This lightweight anorak from Everlane is the MVP of my spring wardrobe - and it's made from 25 recycled water bottles

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After walking around NYC in one for a few weeks, I can attest to the fact that Everlane's ReNew Anorak ($88), is truly the perfect spring coat.

NYC, first of all, is a perfect testing ground. Like the snow globe atmosphere of a Hunger Games simulation, Manhattan's weather is liable to change drastically - from flooding rain to quixotic sunshine - at the drop of a hat. You have to be prepared, or you will end up dead-eyed on your morning subway commute - counting down the seconds until you never have to be sandwiched between strangers in a clammy, damp sweater underground ever again.

For me, springtime preparedness begins with a methodical urban go-bag full of great gear - stylish, practical, packable, and versatile. The MVP is this Everlane jacket.

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The ReNew Anorak is lightweight, water-resistant, and a perfect execution of the coveted slouchy-cool look. The lightness makes it packable and unoppressive during warm spells, water-resistance protects you during imminent April showers, and the silhouette is both on-trend and pragmatic since it's great for layering. And while oversized jackets can swallow you whole, the thoughtfully-placed internal drawstrings and angled pockets make this a flattering, custom wear.

As Insider Picks reporter Connie Chen put it, "Everlane is the unique company that can make even something so unappealingly utilitarian as an anorak look and feel cool." And she's right. The Anorak is, like it or not, cool. Even the color palette is astute: dusty blue, olive (shown above), dark green, and black. In terms of sizing, both Connie and I ordered our standard sizes - and I'd recommend doing the same. The oversized silhouette was perfect for both of us.

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In the rain, the ReNew Anorak holds up well. Since the hood is so blessedly large (covering the entire forehead and probably a bit of your eyes) and the neck cut so high, I wasn't subjected to any rolls of rain breaching the perimeter around my hair and face. Same for the double layer of protection with both a zipper and snap closure. The pockets are natural enough to stuff your hands into comfortably if you're not hanging onto an umbrella. The internal drawstrings mean you're not one mass of slick material barreling through bodega aisles knocking cereal from shelves.

Well-studied Everlane shoppers will also note that the name "ReNew" implies its use of recycled materials. The Anorak jacket is made from 100% recycled fabric, and each jacket recycles the equivalent of 25 plastic water bottles.

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Everlane's ReNew Collection is a line of outerwear (fleeces, parkas, puffers, and sweaters) made out of recycled water bottles. Altogether, the collection is "renewing" a whopping 3 million of them, and the company aims to be virgin-plastic-free by 2021. Smaller steps will be implemented much sooner, like reducing single-use plastic in offices and stores by 50% (March 2019), using renewed alternatives to polyester in production (2018), and starting to ship orders in 100% post-consumer recycled poly bags (2019). The startup is also forming an internal sustainability committee to educate its team on waste reduction and conduct progress audits to see how well waste diversion is going. By the time 2021 rolls around, the company plans to have redeveloped all existing yarns, fabrics, and raw materials containing virgin plastic with renewed equivalents.

Ethics aside, the Anorak is a great buy for $88 - I was personally surprised it wasn't going for more. It's versatile, lightweight, flattering, and puts up with the mercurial End Days weather of the Manhattan bubble - and it looks really good while doing it. If you're looking for a transitional coat and like the company, you're probably going to love this one.

Buy the Everlane Anorak, available in four colors, $88

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