The parka has to be the most versatile style of coat. A lightweight option for Spring/Summer, or worn with knits and layers during Autumn/Winter, a parka is a solid investment that can be utilised all year round. It is waterproof, comfortable, durable and practical, as well as fashionable.
If you invest in a parka coat, you invest in a timeless classic – but how can you make it current for A/W 12? Here are three different ways:
1. Pile on the layers.
Layering is usually imperative during the cold winter months; even more so this season due to designers – such as Daks and Chloe - using layering to showcase the heritage trend on their A/W 12 catwalks.
Dig out your flannel shirt, Fair Isle jumper with corresponding elbow patches, corduroy jeans and riding boots to replicate English countryside chic – then add your parka. This look will ooze quintessentially British style and yet feel cosy and warm.
2. Give it some glamour.
Another trend of A/W 12 is rich and regal, which involves using sequins and sparkles to emanate opulence. Why not wear your parka coat to your Christmas party, over an embellished dress or top and metallic skirt? Then, to complete the outfit, add tights and a fierce-looking pair of heeled shoes or boots.
3. Tailor it.
It has been said in the past that a parka coat can look baggy, but the key is to balance it out by wearing a garment that is slim fitting on the bottom half.
Sharp tailoring has been showcased by designers - such as Burberry Prorsum and Giorgio Armani - this season.
To keep your proportions in check, and convey a smart casual look, wear your parka with a decorative shirt or jumper on the top half, then a pencil skirt - or cigarette trousers - on the bottom half.
Finally, as a general rule, a parka coat will tend to hide your waist. Don’t be afraid to belt your parka to redefine your waist and create a balanced silhouette; however, try to choose a belt that will suit the style, texture and colours of the entire outfit.