The best parkas have one thing in common: They need to look legitimately like something a genuine Britpop boy would wear (even if you aren't matching yours with a scowl and bootcut jeans) and have enough quality detailing to pass for being entirely utilitarian. That means proper cotton drills (like a denim-thick khaki fabric) and plenty of pockets for, you know, important stuff like penknives and, er, lip balm…
While padded coats have been gaining more column inches of late thanks to a major boom in sales (blame Balenciaga), the parka coat has been quietly toiling away in some of the hippest and most hard-working wardrobes a girl could conjure up. Whether a high-fashion version—we're talking fur or sheepskin lined in a rainbow of colours—or back to traditional basics, there are now myriad outfit options that can be made even more enjoyable with the addition of this cosy-cool cover-up. There are few things quite as joyful as wrapping up against the elements while still looking entirely pulled together, wouldn't you agree?
So with that in mind, we uncovered some great street style looks that revolve around the parka and provided you with a list of the best to shop now. Enjoy!
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Style Notes: French girls in parkas? Now there's a dream situation. Aymeline Valade uses a schoolgirlish dress as a base, and then punks it up via her coat and boots.