What’s in a name?
I have never really worked out the big difference between the parkas and the puffers but for me, they are really lighter and heavier versions of much the same thing.
Before I moved to Europe, puffers and parkas were for National Geographic explorers, mountaineers and those in the northern hemisphere. Not quite but you get what I mean. If you live in a warm and sunny climate they just don’t figure.
The last 20 years has changed not only my way of life but also my way of thinking. I’m a parka and puffer girl all the way. I love them and I need them.
As the year draws to a close I start thinking about the really puffy ones and the thinner field jacket/parkas end up in the back of the wardrobe. Puffers and parkas are fashion items now and are worn as such. They no longer have to climb glaciers and traverse crevasses; they can navigate the meanest of urban life with the highest of heels.
We can wear them over our best, our most comfy and everything in-between.
Travelling in the winter makes them an essential in the pack. Uniqlo makes great versions of these for travelling. They are light, warm and can be squished into the tiniest corner of any suitcase. I often pack one as my just-in-case jacket. They also look pretty good over just about anything.
At home, I prefer a heavier version to double as a raincoat as well. There is a fabulous one on sale from Michael Kors this week. If you need a replacement, this is a beauty.
These puffers and parkas, like the faux fur, will never be the most flattering of coats but that’s not the point. They work and make navigating winter so much easier. The length makes a huge difference and so does the neckline – a higher collar gives a better line, with or without a faux fur addition.
I never thought I’d be happy about being “puffy’ ;) xv
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