I’ve actually wanted one for years, so last week, on a visit to Oxford Street, I thought this is my chance to get involved while the shops are packed with parkas. After a LOT of trying on a mirror selfies, I found The One. Here it is, along with three worthy runners-up.
Why? It’s the ideal colour, the size eight is roomy enough to wear over winter woollens, and it’s cosy even without the fur lining so good for a decent proportion of the year in rainy London. This baby may not be cheap but it’s actually three coats in one – a parka with the lining, without, or a fur gilet on its own. Plus if you count with or without the fur hood trim it’s really five in one, a snip at £22 per coat.
I loved the cosiness of this padded parka but it was just bit TOO warm – good for country walks, but not when you’d risk heat stroke if you wore it on a crowded tube.
Very good for the price (it’s got a detachable quilted lining), but the pile collar on this parka isn’t as tradish as fluffy faux fur.
In a shiny puffer fabric this is a good lightweight option and at the time of writing it’s on offer at £44.50