The Parka Jacket
If you are going to invest in any jacket this season then make it one of the fabulous new Parka jackets that have been reinvigorated for Autumn/Winter 2011/2012. Oozing true Brit Cool, the Parka is the perfect cold weather jacket, in that it is stylish, practical, warm, durable and versatile.
This season’s selections offer a fantastic array of styles, cuts and colours, ranging in heavy to light weight fabrics which can take you right into spring. Whether you need it for scooting around town, bracing shopping in the windy weather, or for long family walks in the country, a Parka has become one of those fundamental fashion items that designers look to tweak and update every winter season.
Associated by fashion followers with the Mod movement, the Parka actually started its life as a military piece of clothing, rather than the fashion essential it has now become. Known then as the M1951 (or M51 for short) it was originally designed and introduced in 1951 to help American soldiers cope with the freezing conditions they were facing whilst fighting the Korean War.
In the early 1960’s, however, the Parka was adopted by the cool and edgy British Mod movement and soon became a staple part of their dress code, symbolising Mod image and style as well their rebellious attitude.
At Make Me Fabulous UK we have been scouting the shops to bring you our favourite Parka picks from this season.
See our top five below:
Firetrap Fortress corset detail military jacket, Now £90.
Ted Baker Agata Faux Fur Trim Parka, Olive £219
ASOS Parka with Oversized Quilted Lining, £75
Alpha Industries Faux Fur Hooded Fishtail Parka, £190
French Military Moment Parka, £165
Three ways to wear your Parka:
1) For moseying around town on a windy day, team your parka with skinny jeans, a nice wool jumper or lumberjack shirt, with comfortable leather knee high flat boots or biker boots.
2) For a pub lunch with friends, wear a light weight parka belted over a nice top, skinny jeans and heels.
3) For an edgier look which can take you into evening, wear your parka over a nice feminine mini dress with tights and funky ankle boots.