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 our to find the perfect wardrobe solution. And this season, it comes in the form of 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 down with Mom jeans, white trainers a statement pouch bag. Either way, the humble parka is designed for versatility.
And whatever the weather, there’s a lightweight or cropped style for you, and for something a touch cosier, there’s the traditional shearling lined and faux fur hood styles perfect for those cooler days. If you’re looking for something stylish and comfortable, look no further than the hard-working, endlessly versatile parka jacket. Go for khaki if you want a classic look, or if you want something more original, look out for a burgundy or navy version.
High street brands Zara and Mango have got the classic yet oversized styles covered while M&S and Next are your go-to for something more off-beat.
In the designer camp, there’s a lust-worthy number from M.i.h Jeans and the parka to end all parkas by Mr & Mrs Italy.
So, there’s plenty of choice, whatever your sartorial preference and budget.
Simply click through or edit of the 20 best parkas to find your perfect transitional cover-up…
The ultimate day-to-night option, wear over jeans for cool casual dressing, and for evening, wear solo with block heels and a punchy red lip.
Go longline and slip into this luxe option from Boutique.
Got a festival filled summer lined up? You won’t want to be without this cropped version from Zara.
Belt-up in this designer creation from DVF.
Collarless styles are ideal for throwing on over breton tops for the weekend, and Max Mara has it covered with this version.
It doesn’t get cooler than a Burberry Brit parka, and this is our new season top pick.
Utility styles are the preferred style of the fash-pack, and we think this Mango option is about as chic as it gets,
Go short and boxy in this posh parka from T by Alexander Wang.
Just add ankle-grazing denim, a cashmere knit and trainers to complete you off-duty look.
Looking for a classic cut? Head to Warehouse.
Whether you wear it to a festival or a weekend city break, this Mango parka will prove to be fail-safe.
We love the striped-back aesthetic of this utility-free parka. Wear with cropped jeans and loafers for an urban take on the trend.
Tackling trans-seasonal dressing needn?t be boring. Opt fora printed parka to refresh off-duty staples.
The ultimate parka brand, Mr and Mrs Italy jackets are the ones we?re always wanted, but still saving for.
Jil Sander?s back parka is a smart choice for transitioning between the seasons. Wear with monochrome tailoring on the commute.
Say hello to the perfect weekend parka.
Be still our beating hearts, this ?business at the front,party at the back? parka has jumped straight to the top of our wish list. With a decidedly luxe spin on the classic parka, this cropped cover-up is complete with ruffles and embellishment.
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 Etoile Isabel Marant.
Take your cue from the SS16 runway and team this mannish parka over a mini skirt or party dress for the ultimate high/lo vibe.
Perfect for rainy spring days, simply throw it over anything from denim to jumpsuits and you?re good to go.