While trench coats or coats have a more sober style and duffle coats or pea coats bring with them an undeniable nautical spirit, the parkas appear as an option for more casual men’s jacket for this winter, charting in several shops and brands, the popular to the more expensive. Not everyone remembers, but this piece has had your time of glory in the late 90 when took over the shop windows of some capitals of the country, being placed in the background shortly thereafter, losing space for some of the models cited in the beginning of this text.
Model much closer to the traditional military version used in 50 years.
The parka (or thin) was based on the coats made by Eskimos, as well as another piece used in winter: the anorake. The difference between the two is quite small, being the anorake devoid of a front opening, while the parka can be opened by means of buttons and/or zips. Despite this “inspiration” in the clothes of the inhabitants of the Arctic, the genesis of parka, as it is known today, happened in the army in the 50, but it didn’t take long for it to fall on the taste of young people, mainly from the Mods (we’ve talked about them here) that ended up helping to popularize the coat.
Roughly the parka is a hoodie, but there are some other special features that help identify the piece like the length, most of the time, goes to the mid-thigh, the DrawString at the waist which makes the belt, leaving the acinturada silhouette, the two pockets that are right below and the presence of epaulettes on the shoulders clearly, a piece of military apparel.
With time, and any clothing parka, was suffering modifications in order to appeal to more diverse audiences. The military green and khaki have given way to a huge range of colors, materials, usually Twill, gabardine and nylon, opened space for the jeans, cotton, wool and polyester. The hood often presents lining on the inside and skin on the edges, but there are much simpler models without any of these additives. The lock method that was once exclusively by buttons can now have zipper, velcro or even hooks and carabiners.
Within these variations the single item that requires attention is the volume of clothes. Nylon versions can be dried with a trim very close to the body or filled with feathers, like the coats of mountaineers, these should be avoided by those who are very overweight or who is not very high, not to highlight any of this characteristics, unless the person is comfortable with them, which is a bit rare.
Another detail that has changed a lot over the years was the length of pieces that come out of knees and other so short that look like jackets, the parka was adapted for use both in the urban environment, as well as in areas with forests and snow.
How To Use-Office
A lot of people, on cold days, uses the parka in the same way as an overcoat or trench coat, i.e. over the suit and despite not having the same trim pieces cited the parka WINS in protection and functionality thanks to your hood, your pockets and your comfort.
More random combinations, but without giving up the shirt and tie, also work well for those who don’t need a suit, but you need a visual aligned to the professional environment.
How To Use-Casual
The parka is ideal for casual looks with an air ride slightly astray, that mixture of stylish clothes but that paint a picture of who uses them is completely comfortable. Jeans combine very well, especially if accompanied by a striking, contrasting with the coat, mostly neutral.Another piece that makes a pair with the parka is the mesh, complementing the look of winter in a way cool!
Details like this leather finish photo above leave the play even more stylish, in this case a basic shirt and nice jeans.