Friday, August 13, 2010

Parka perfect

This month, I've written a guest blog for The Style Glossy, a US fashion and beauty website that is now extending its content to the UK - hence my contribution! (Click here to read my blog post - it's the one dated Sunday 1st August 2010.)

The subject of my piece? This season's utility trend and my trusty green parka (shown above with my H&M Breton-striped dress and anchor brooch at this year's red-themed pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery; I love that the parka's length makes the shortness of my dress somewhat less indecent!).

Said parka was in the Gap winter sale for £24.99, reduced from £78. It came with faux-fur trim around the hood and an inner padded gilet, both detachable and both very necessary when it was cold. I recall bemoaning the fact that the sleeves were a little on the short side, but right now the elasticated cuffs are perfect for sliding up my arms to below elbow-length.

And, come autumn, I'd be re-establishing that faux-fur trim, as both the parka and fur are key for a/w. I'm picturing it with maxidresses (think the Olsen twins here; and yes, the maxi is another trend that lives on into next season) and dressing down the smartness of the new a/w trousers.

That's what I love about my parka: not only is it a coat for all seasons, it goes with all manner of wardrobes, looking stylish rather than scruffy when teamed with something classic and toughening up girlie pieces that would otherwise be too saccharine-sweet. It even adds edge to eveningwear, such as my French Connection sequined dress.

Given it's such a staple, you'll be pleased to hear there are plenty of parkas on the high street, as well as its sister piece: the utility jacket. Zara's khaki take on this is similar to CĂ©line's s/s design, while Gap offers both the utility jacket and parka and Topshop has a whole catalogue of choices. Invest in one now. You won't be sorry.


  1. Wow that jacket was a bargain. Would be perfect for festivals too! Millie xx

  2. my mum got me this coat last year as a 'sensible winter coat' and i love it, wore it all through the winter with my grandmas vintage mink pillbox hat and big white fluffy snood.

    it's brill with the padding taken out too, am deffo gonna wear it with a maxi dress for a/w thanks for the tip!

  3. Thanks Style Goddesses,

    The parka has definitely seen some festival action! And the voluminous pockets have come in very handy.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x

  4. Hey Zoe,

    Good on your mum! See, sensible sometimes does equate to stylish, too! Sounds like you've been working a cool look there.

    Yep, maxi dresses are key for a/w. I love it when a trend just runs and runs - you get far more mileage for your money!

    Floral, boho maxis might look a tad summery but jersey and plainer versions will translate well from s/s into a/w.

    I'm going to reattached the faux-fur trim to the hood of my parka this season, too, as faux-fur is another key look.

    The parka - it's a classic.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x



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