Want to invest in something comfortable and stylish and that will keep you warm? Shop our edit of the best parka jackets out there...
You know that tricky period where the winter chill hasn’t quite lifted but the lighter spring days aren’t quite frequent enough? It can cause havoc with our wardrobes, but as ever, here at Marie Claire HQ we’ve set out to find the perfect wardrobe solution. And this season, it comes in the form of a utilitarian cover-up.
Parka jackets are everywhere and the high street and designer stores are speedily filling their rails with more directional styles than ever. Sure, the classic khaki is around in various forms but this season, florals, embellishment and ruffles offer a treat for the senses – and your wardrobe.
Not only that, they’re the coolest and cosiest way to nail trans-seasonal dressing. You can dress up a parka for cocktail hour with a LBD as seen on the Saint Laurent runway, or dress it down with girlfriend jeans, white trainers and a statement pouch bag. Either way, the humble parka is designed for versatility.
And whatever the weather, there’s a style for you. We’ve found options that are lightweight and cropped or the traditional shearling-lined and faux fur hood styles perfect for those cooler days. You need not be married to the idea of a classic khaki either, as we’re seeing more original colours like burgundy and navy on offer.
So, if you’re looking for something stylish and comfortable, look no further than the hard-working, endlessly versatile parka jacket. High street brands New Look and Topshop have got the classic yet oversized styles covered while Zara and Mango are your go-to for something more off-beat. In the designer camp, there’s a lust-worthy number from Calvin Klein and the splurge parka to end all parkas by Mr & Mrs Italy.
Whatever your sartorial preference and budget, we’re convinced you’ll find your dream coat in our parka edit below…
Perfect for rainy spring days, simply throw it over anything from denim to jumpsuits and you’re good to go.
Be still our beating hearts, this millennial pink parka has jumped straight to the top of our wish list. With a decidedly luxe spin on the classic, this oversized version is complete with faux fur and zipper trim.
Vero Moda’s nude parka is a smart choice for transitioning between the seasons. Wear with monochrome tailoring on the commute.
Go short and boxy in this posh parka from Topshop.
The ultimate day-to-night option, wear with boots for cool casual dressing, and for evening, wear with black jeans and a pointy heel.
Patched styles are the preferred choice of the fash-pack, and we think this Mango option is about as chic as it gets,
Tackling trans-seasonal dressing needn’t be boring. Opt for a camo printed parka to refresh off-duty staples.
Say hello to the perfect winter parka.
Collarless styles are ideal for throwing on over breton tops for the weekend, and Alexander Wang has it covered with this version.
Go longline and slip into this luxe option from New Look.
Parkas are an investment piece, which you can rely on year after year. So if you want to invest, look no further than this achingly cool version by Palmer/Harding.
Check off two trends in one and wear coloured faux fur AND a utilitarian parka.
Just add ankle-grazing denim, a cashmere knit and trainers to complete your off-duty look.
Belt-up in this navy designer creation from Sacai.
The ultimate parka brand, Mr and Mrs Italy jackets are the ones we’ve always wanted, but are still saving for.
Perfect for cold winter days, simply throw it over anything and you’re good to go.
Want something that will go with everything? Snag this option from Topshop