It’s the big chill here And definitely Parka weather.
I have always been attracted to coats of any design – capes, overcoats and blazers – all of them really. Most of my life was spent in a warm climate so the novelty of the cold still sits with me. It’s crazy madness and I know it, but it is the truth. I am enchanted by frosty mornings and a bite that colours the cheeks and puts a spring in the step. My friends and most of my family don’t relate and find winter a drudge; me, any excuse to rug up and brave the elements.
It’s exhilarating to me and while I accept I don’t understand the harshness of many winter climates, these below temperatures are fuelling my love of all coats puffy.
Parkas or do you call them puffas?
Parkas are not every day to me and can look stylish with whatever we choose to wear underneath. They don’t need to be worn as all-purpose weather gear and considered inelegant. I’ve worn this parka with my best heels and favourite LBD – the same coat has also been worn with a sweater, jeans and sneakers. Accessorise up and the humble parka can hold it’s own in any company.
“Help, I’m suffocating” “But they make me look big” “They aren’t flattering” ” I feel like the Michelin Man” “I’m too short”.
These are all questions I have asked myself and been asked by others. The truth is parkas aren’t tailored wear and we don’t look our most svelte but I believe the designs are better than ever and we can look pretty good in the right one. For those of you braving sub-zero temperatures, Canada Goose or The North Face are the go-to brands. They are an investment for sure, but one of a lifetime. Their styles and fit are so much better than before and are actually pretty flattering.
With coats continually on my mind, today’s edit is for those who need to brave the elements. If you are travelling to Europe for the holidays, you most definitely need to pack one.
And don’t forget your knitted cape/ poncho for inside. Puffa, parka, cape or poncho – What’s in a name anyway? xv
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