Speaking of not f-cking around coats, it’s hard to beat a down-filled parka.
The problem with parkas, though, is that everyone seems to buy one of two brands. It’s as if the marketing teams behind The North Face and Canada Goose have effectively convinced the world that unless it’s sporty, black or grey, and full of brand logos, it won’t be “tough enough to endure the extreme conditions of your adventurist lifestyle”.
Don’t get me wrong, these brands make very warm, very functional jackets. They’re perfect for a weekend on the ski slopes or an afternoon game of pond hockey (eh?). For your day-t0-day commute, however, these extreme-sport products are not the most flattering, mature or versatile options.
Indeed, there are plenty of parkas on the market that might fit more seamlessly into your daily wardrobe.
Here’s an example, with three ways to wear it.
1. Corporate Winter
With a parka this classy, of course it works over a suit.
What I love about this coat in particular:
- Slim through the body and sleeves. Doesn’t have that “Michelin Man” silhouette.
- No logos/symbols.
- Neutral off-white/taupe color goes with everything (blues, browns, greys, blacks…you name it).
- Ultra lightweight down. This jacket is surpringsly light. Has that feeling over “floating” over the body.
- Removable hood, for those milder winter days.
- Zipper and/or button closure.
- Real coyote fur trim (feels nothing like that fake sh-t)
The subtle pattern-mixing in this look is even more subdued by the strength of the parka.
- Neutral down parka by Moorer
- Blue shadow plaid suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Blue stripe slim fit shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Red rep tie Vintage
- Brown suede captoe lace-ups by To Boot NY