Wednesday, 20 November 2013

This year's parka

I am pleased to announce that I am now the proud owner of a winter parka. Well, actually, I won't be until Christmas Day, but still, the thought that it has been locked-down and is firmly in Popeye's grasp is a warming one.

Despite all my research last year searching for the perfect parka, I didn't actually seal the deal. But the Casual Bobby Parka by Whistles (now also available in navy) didn't take long to win me over this year. And to top it all, they had me agonising between it and the Jourdan Waxy Parka, which my mum went for, and is excellent.

{Whistles parkas}

Left to right
Bobby casual parka, £160 Whistles Jourdan waxy parka, £165 by Whistles from Atterley Road and House of Fraser (or this Boden version is a good alternative)

So needless to say, there was much research that went into this year's choice, and I thought it only fair to share that with you. I've tried to include some budget options, but it's really a case of getting what you pay for with a Parka. Have a look below and see what you think.

Top row, left to right
Khaki trim parka, £75 Next; Levina parka by Parka London, £235 ASOS; Borg lined clean parka, £100 Topshop; Zip hood parka, £285 Comptoire des Contonniers; Winter Parka II, £265 Toast.

Bottom row, left to right
Carlotta jacket, £70 Monki; Parka with fur collar and suede details, £445 The Kooples; Clean parka, £100 Warehouse;  Washed drop waist parka, £75 ASOS; Detachable faux fur parka by Warehouse, £90 ASOS.

So some of the prices above are higher than my normal range, but because I think you wear a parka so much, it's worth the investment, making your price per wear work out a bargain (or that's what you can tell yourself).


  1. Liking the look of that one by Monki (but who is Monki?) and it's so cheap! xoxo

  2. In your extensive research - did you come across any with showerproof properties? ... Or am I venturing into North Face territory here?!

    1. FEAGLE! If you're thinking about the Jourdan Waxy Parka by Whistles from Atterley Road, here's a 25% discount code for you: FRIENDS25. x

  3. Back away from the North Face - the Toast one is "shower proof" and the Whistles Jourdan Parka is water proof - my mum has it and I borrow it when I visit and I've tested it in the rain very successfully. Also it has the added feature of ribbed cuffs inside the sleeve, so there's no breeze making your arms chilly. But, it has sold really well, and so stock is low, but it's also sold by House of Fraser and Atterley Road. Also, the customer service department at Whistles will check all their stores in the UK to find your size and mail order it to you.

    Let me know how you get on x.