The parka is a useful wardrobe addition
I have just returned from the South of France, where the weather was warm and mostly sunny, to a cold autumnal London. At this time of year, you need a nice cosy everyday utilitarian coat. The trusty parka fits this bill perfectly. It is a useful wardrobe addition. I have owned a JCrew one for a couple of years now and felt that it needed replacing.
Autumn has definitely arrived
Just before I left for France I bought this padded collared layered Parka from Cos. I decided this time to buy a longer version of the parka so that it covered my knees and kept my legs warm. This has proved to be a good decision as the temperatures are pretty low in London at the moment and this coat is keeping me warm and cosy.
I have teamed it with my red merino wool polo neck from Uniqlo. These sweaters are a staple of my winter wardrobe. I buy a new one every year and have quite a collection including black, grey and bottle green. They can be worn on their own or layered under dresses and V neck sweaters in the depth of winter.
The parka has a ribbed collar which can be worn up or down. It is made of cotton poplin with subtle padding at the body and hood for added warmth. The hem dips at the back which gives it a lovely swing effect.
You can just see my new jeans peeking out at the bottom of the coat. They are by Levis from John Lewis & partners. It has taken me ages to find a new pair of jeans that fit well and are comfortable. I will be telling you more about them in a later post.
The only thing that I would say about the parka is that is is quite voluminous and you probably need to be tallish to carry it off. I have done some research and have selected a few other styles that I feel might work if you are petite.
Other parka options
John Lewis has a good selection of parkas at various lengths. An excellent one by Great Plains. They also have a good one in navy by Joules. Also a reasonably priced on by Kin. Plus a rainproof version by Seasalt. Lands’End also has some excellent parkas and some are reduced in the sale.
Photographs were taken by Hammersmith Bridge, south-west London by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram.