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I tried on every parka on the high street and this is my verdict

You know how twice a year ‘they’ decree what ‘the’ coat of the season is? And most of the time they’re impractical (a sleeveless blazer does not a winter coat make), a stupid colour (baby pink does NOT suit everyone) or so trendy you know you’re only going to wear it for about 5 minutes (giant puffer jacket, anyone?). Well, this year that tricky triumvirate has been obliterated by a the classic khaki suits-everyone stylings of the parka.

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.

The winner

Next Khaki Faux Fur Lined Parka, £110

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.

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parka aw14 khaki parka high street 60s parka coat jacket cheap best on high street autumn winter 2014 photos images

The runners-up

Gap Olive Fur-trim Snorkel Parka, £99.95

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.

parka aw14 khaki parka high street 60s parka coat jacket cheap best on high street autumn winter 2014 photos images

H&M Khaki Lined Parka, £49.99

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.

parka aw14 khaki parka high street 60s parka coat jacket cheap best on high street autumn winter 2014 photos images

New Look Khaki Padded Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka, £59.99

In a shiny puffer fabric this is a good lightweight option and at the time of writing it’s on offer at £44.50

parka aw14 khaki parka high street 60s parka coat jacket cheap best on high street autumn winter 2014 photos images

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