We are heading into the beautiful season of autumn and, as is typical of Britain, winter will be just around the corner. Autumn brings us cosy evenings at home, comforting foods, and gorgeous colours as trees shed their leaves, but it also means we’ll soon be needing to wrap up against the wind and cooler temperatures. One of the most on-trend types of outerwear at the moment is the classic parka jacket, but it can sometimes be tricky to know which outfits it will work with. To point you in the right direction, this guide outlines the three main ways you can style a parka jacket this season no matter the occasion.
Wear it casually at the weekend
The parka’s most natural state is as a casual outerwear garment, so choosing the right outfit for an everyday casual look is relatively straightforward. For both men and women, a parka in a neutral colour is a great companion to a pair of straight leg or skinny jeans. In terms of footwear, men should opt for leather Chelsea boots while women can add a pair of ankle boots (heeled or flat), ideally with a trim of fluff which ties them in with the hood of your parka. Women can get away with pretty much any casual top, while men may want to lean towards a crew neck t-shirt or lightweight jumper. For the finishing touches, a casual crossbody bag and a pair of aviator style sunglasses are perfect.
There are plenty of colours to choose from, but it’s usually best to keep a casual outfit neutral with black or khaki green. If you haven’t got your parka yet, JACK1T are releasing a brand new collection of outerwear including a range of parkas for every occasion.
Keep it smart for the working week
There are no rules which say you can’t wear a parka during the week when you’re commuting to and from work, but there are ways you can smarten the look by wearing it with the right items. For example, a pair of freshly ironed trousers, a smart shirt or top in a coordinating or complementary colour will instantly make your parka a professional outerwear item. To keep the outfit as smart as possible, it’s best to opt for darker shades like black, dark green, or navy.
Dress it up for the evening
You may find it surprising, but a parka can also work for a classy evening out thanks to the luxury fur trim (best in a light colour for evening wear) and the cinched in waist provides a flattering shape for women. A parka can be worn over dresses of any length, jumpsuits, a top and skirt or jeans combination so you can arrive at your event both protected from the elements and looking stylish. A black parka is ideal for evenings as it gives a sleeker silhouette.
You can see from the three simple ideas here that the parka jacket is one of the most versatile outerwear choices you can make, both from a practical point of view and in terms of maintaining your personal style.
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