Monday, December 11, 2017

From pea coats to padded down jackets, trying to find the right coat to combat the icy weather can be somewhat overwhelming. Or incredibly easy if you’ve got a parka jacket on your radar.

Let’s look at the facts. It’s incredibly comfortable, mainly thanks to that cheek-caressing fur-lined hood. It’s incredible stylish, owing to its iconic status within the British fashion history. But the real clincher is how incredibly well suited it is to keeping the cold out.

Stacks of our favourite brands have created their own iterations of the cold-slaying hooded coat, as you’ll see from the list below. Scroll down, cough up and wrap yourself in a proper stylish and functional icon.

Woolrich Arctic

You want to be warm? This parka from one of the oldest manufacturers of outdoor clothing in the US will do the trick with a fur trim hood, handwarmer pockets and duck down/feather fill. £650, buy on woolrich.eu

Napapijri Black Super Light Skidoo

If you’re planning on wearing your parka on the streets rather than the slopes, this lightweight version of the Italian label’s Skidoo parka in a sleeker cut should be your go-to. £615, buy on napapijri.com

River Island

Stay protected from the elements with this affordable number, thanks to its long cut and double front zips. The faux fur-lined hood and body will keep you feeling snug too. £175, buy on riverisland.com

Penfield Navy Hoosac RF

This premium coat by the contemporary American outdoor fashion label comes with a detachable fur hood trim for those who prefer to avoid any awkward “is that real fur?” accostings. £395, buy on penfield.com

Parka London Military Green Compton

Looking to get that forever-cool Quadrophenia look? Yeah, us too, and this water-resistant parka with ribbed cuffs should also keep you well protected from the elements (on or off your scooter). £345, buy on parkalondon.com

Diesel W-Galt Jacket

If you’re worried a parka may be too slouchy for your smart-casual (emphasis on smart) look, then consider this cropped version. £220, buy on zalando.co.uk

Alpha Industries N3B Parka

The originator of the MA-1 flight jacket created this parka, designed to withstand extreme temperatures, in the 1950s but it was only made available for the public to buy in the 1980s. And it’s still the business in this century. From £145 depending on size, buy on amazon.co.uk

Canada Goose Macculloch Parka

If you’re heading for sub-zero temperatures, or just feel the cold, know that this modern take on the Canada Goose parka – made for scientists working in Antarctica – will keep you feeling toasty. The adjustable waist cords will also help add some shape to your silhouette. £975, buy on canadagoose.com

Lands’ End Camo Expedition Parka

Lands’ End is an American clothing label based in Wisconsin, where they know a thing or two about harsh winters. Considering this camo-print parka is totally waterproof, it seems they’re familiar with our climate as well. £250, buy on landsend.co.uk

Schott NYC Arizona

While this New York-based label is perhaps most famous for the Perfecto leather jacket worn by Marlon Brando and James Dean, it also has pedigree in goose down, MA-1 and, of course, parka jackets. This is simply the best combination of style and practicality available at this price. £285, buy on amazon.co.uk

Arc’teryx Camosun

The Canadian outdoor brand reimagines the parka with this understated modern design. It’ll stand out on the high street and, with all the qualities that you would expect from a performance label, it’ll stand up to any cold-weather adventure you can dream up too. £520, buy on arcteryx.com