How to Get the Look: Parka coats


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That looks cosy!

A good parka is a coat-shaped hug. It's a reassuring sort of garment that makes you feel as protected from life as from the elements. Perfect for chilly days, indispensable for hangovers, colds and general winter blues.

But it really is a young style, isn't it?

Ne'er fear, you're not obliged to wear it with denim hotpants and head directly to Glasto if that's what you're worried about. With age comes the need to aim for a better-quality version of anything fashionable, so if you wish to avoid coming over all hipster Mrs Mutton, go for a luxe look like this beautifully soft style with a contrasting navy lining and trim from Hush (£170,, above).

And how about something less classically parka-ish?

If you want to move away from military green and khaki, we like Schott NYC's black parka with leather sleeves (£275, The colour and fabric give it a slick, urban feel, but the quilted fabric and faux fur-trimmed hood deliver all the comfort and practicality of the original style.

Any inadvisable parka pairings?

Avoid anything incongruously floaty or girly; keep the rest of the silhouette fuss-free, in the manner of that ultimate parka proponent, South Park's Kenny.