The Possibilities of the Parka: Fresh Magazine

Sienna Miller wears a traditional green parka
while out and about in the city
You may have noticed I have recently been expressing my admiration for parkas on Twitter, on my 'about me' section of Vintage Beauty itself and in my 'Fragments of Autumn' post. It's fair to say I have a thing for them! Here is my latest piece, published in my university magazine, 'Fresh', on the versatility of this essential autumn/winter coat! 

Jessica Hart merges tomboy chic with her casual parka
Looking for that perfect coat to tide you over for autumn and winter? Look no further than the ultra stylish and functional parka jacket. The parka proved its appeal on the A/W ’13 runway circuit, with colour-popping quilted styles appearing at Miu Miu, and long-line striped and camel (hot colour of the season) versions stepping out at Max Mara. The parka is a multi-tasker- as well as ensuring you’re toasty on those chilly Richmond Park walks, its utilitarian feel can add an urban twist to the sweetest of outfits and even work for eveningwear. Basically, it is a firm favourite of mine in the outerwear stakes. 
     On first glance, parkas are classed as tomboyish, but this can work for the most girlish of girls (it does for me; the pastel queen!) Take it from Jessica Hart, above, who’s emphasised the masculine roots of her green jacket with bags of monochrome yet maintained an effeminate aspect. Jess has stamped her inner femme onto the ensemble by adding a leopard print scarf, the embellishment on her cross-over bag and large framed, studious glasses. Jess’s key outfit pieces can easily be swapped for others- if there’s one vital style rule Coachella festival has taught it’s that jean material looks good underneath a khaki or coffee-hued parka. Swap Jess’s black skinnies for an indigo pair, or try out a denim shirt on top for a laidback vibe. Brown lace-up or Chelsea boots are a trusty equivalent to black bikers and your colour palette can be mixed up in an instant with circle scarves and bobble hats, beanies or fedoras galore.

Olivia makes earthy tones street chic
If you take pride in the sophistication of your wardrobe, Olivia Palermo may be your city-chic icon. In an earth-toned leather-sleeved short jacket, white blouse, co-ordinating pants and courts, she demonstrates how to dress up the parka. A tailored parka like Olivia’s with accents straight from the catwalk will have you feeling en vogue in even the harshest of weather. To make the most of your parka from day to night, throw a honey-hued version over a floral blouse and pencil skirt or an ethnic-patterned frock and finish with daintier ankle boots or pumps. There are endless ways to channel the versatile parka and endless models to pick from on the high-street. If you can afford to splurge, then Zara’s combination parka at £59.99 with its zip detail and cute toggles is irresistible. Its slimming structure combined with a Breton tee would add a touch of Parisian class to military mien. However, if you tend to think with your head, not your heart, this £25 fur trim parka from George at Asda would look gorgeous with a woolly knit, checked scarf and ribbon-tie wellies on damp days.

Zara Combination Parka £59.99

George at Asda's Fur Trimmed Parka £25


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