Get the indie look with men's parkas
Men's parkas first became cool in the 1990s, when they were deeply entwined with the indie music scene. Today, with retro style at an all-time fashionable high, the parka is back – and trendier than ever! The great thing about these jackets is that they're not just about looking good; they're also totally practical for a chilly winter. You can opt for a slim-fit parka or a baggier style. These jackets are ideal for creating oversized silhouettes. However, if you prefer something a bit more streamlined, this look can be achieved by choosing a style with a drawstring waist. Live in a cold climate? Be sure to pick up a jacket with a fur-trimmed hood.
Practical details of parkas
Good quality men's parkas will keep you warm as well as leaving you looking cool. It's all about the details. Look for a jacket made from a waterproof fabric, such as nylon. Check out the padding or insulation. The most traditional styles are often insulated with down, but these days there are synthetic alternatives, too. Some have a removable layer of insulation, allowing you to wear your parka through changing seasons. Other handy details to look out for include a frontal zip that is covered by poppers to keep breezes out. Zip-covered pockets will keep your possessions safe, while ribbing on the cuffs means that your arms will be protected from the winter cold. Finally, a drawstring on the hood lets you pull it as tight as you want – ideal in strong winds!
How to style parkas for men
Classic parkas have a long, fishtail-style hem that should finish halfway down your thighs. There are shorter options available, too; these are better if you have a slighter frame, as they won't swamp you in the way that a longer jacket will. Go for an olive jacket if you want to keep it traditional, or choose a bright colour for something more modern. White is very 90s and rather impractical. An oversized parka jacket looks great with skinny or straight-legged jeans for the weekend. You could even wear it with tracksuit pants for a really dressed down look. It's possible to style your jacket for workdays too, though. Wear men's parkas with a granddad collar shirt; the neckline can get too crowded if you wear them with a normal shirt.