The humble parka originates from Canada, where its uber warm design was originally made for hunting and kayaking in the Arctic. But even if you’re only hunting for the perfect hot coffee to-go, and you’ve traded your kayak paddles for gloves and boots, it doesn’t mean you can’t take your cold weather wardrobe as seriously as the Canadians do.
The down jacket style has been loved for years. Fur-lined parkas became a military staple in the 50s, and then took off as a signature look in the UK for “mods,” a subculture in the 60s known for cool style, coffee bars and listening to modern jazz.
Whether hunting on the tundra, riding a scooter while listening to Miles Davis, or just exploring your local winter markets (read: sampling every stall) the winter parka is a warm classic that’s always in style.
As a core winter jacket, it’s rugged, simple and practical. So the questions to ask yourself this winter are, water-resistant or waterproof? Long or short?
Best for men who need an all-in-one extra warm parka