The Parka Gets a Posh Revamp for Autumn & Winter

There’s a definite chill in the air now and I spotted a couple of leaves falling the other day, which can only mean one thing – time for the winter coats to make an appearance. But with the weather so unpredictable, one minute it’s sunny, the next it’s showering, there’s really only one type of coat that can match up to these elements and that is the humble parka. I say humble, designers these days are adding all sorts of extras to this essential piece of outer wear to vamp it up and make it your must have item of clothing for the coming season. From oversized love hearts masquerading as buttons, to fox fur trimmed hoods or rabbit lining, parkas are getting a brand new posh vibe and we are loving the new trend! Check out the pick of the best:

Altuzarra – Walnut fox-trimmed nylon-blend parka jacket – £2,175

Outerwear is a key component in Altuzarra’s fall collection, so defend against the elements in this fox-trimmed dark-blue parka. With a quilted lining and drawstrings to adjust the fit, this design is perfect for days in the city and out-of-town excursions. Wear it with a chunky knit and skinny jeans for a chic casual look.Faith Connexion – Annabelle Dexter-Jones hooded cotton-twill parka – £475

In collaboration with Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Faith Connexion has created a collection combining the It girl’s preppy New York style with the label’s Parisian, rock-inspired aesthetic for FW12. This hooded navy cotton-twill parka is one of our favorite pieces – with red patent-leather love hearts along the front and oversized front flap pockets, it’s a playful choice for blustery fall days. Wear it over a bright tee and an A-line skirt for a cool day-wear look.Burberry Prorsum – Cotton-twill parka – £1,795

Toughen up your outerwear collection with Burberry Prorsum’s olive-green parka. Cut from heavyweight cotton-twill, this casual design is adorned with military-inspired gold fastenings that add a luxe touch. Mirror the runway styling and layer this cozy piece over a playful tee and a sleek pencil skirt for the perfect high-low mix.Burberry Brit – Brushed-wool parka – £595

Burberry Brit is adored for its classic yet on-trend designs, and we predict that this plum brushed-wool parka is going to be another huge hit with fans of the brand. Finished with a row of leather-trimmed toggles and a topped with a cozy hood, this richly colored cover-up was made for winter. Slip it on over anything from jeans to skirts to lend every look a signature heritage twist.Antik Batik – Kasia rabbit-lined cotton-twill parka – £475

The classic parka gets the Antik Batik treatment in printed cotton-twill with a raccoon-trimmed hood and rabbit lining. Wear yours with biker boots and jeans for the ultimate winter-ready look.Juicy Couture – Leather, felt and sateen parka – £395

Spliced with panels of felt, sateen and leather, Juicy Couture’s black padded parka is a chic way to work the mixed-media trend for the new season. Stay stylish when the mercury plummets and team yours with skinny jeans and a slouchy beanie for complete cold-weather cool.Altuzarra – William fox-trimmed embellished mohair duffle coat – £7,115

Joseph Altuzarra’s FW12 show was bursting with global influences, and this fox-trimmed mohair coat eclectically encapsulates the designer’s ethnic-inspired vision. Embellished with jangling metallic coins through the vividly printed sleeves, this runway cover-up will brighten every cold-weather look.

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