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Monday, 30 September 2013

Autumn Essentials: The Parka

I have developed what you could call a slight obsession with the Parka Jacket. I bought my first parka over two years ago now, it was always something I had wanted but never got round to buying. Since buying it I definitely have to say it is my most worn coat or jacket. If you find the right one it really can go with most things, I would draw the line at super dressy but for most other times they work great. They are essentially a "casual" jacket, but again, if you find the right one they also work well with a smart outfit. Throwing a casual jacket like the parka over a smart outfit with more tailored pieces can look amazing and tones down what can sometimes look to structured.

A parka is a staple wardrobe piece for the colder weather and when you find one you like you can have it for a long time, plus they never really go out of style. Even so, lately I cannot stop looking at them! I love my comfy cozy parka and I wouldn't dream of replacing it but I really want a new one for this winter. Maybe in a slightly different style so they aren't too similar. While looking I have found so many I like so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you.

River Island have a great selection this year which you can find here, I love this one! I normally always go for green but the navy is lovely. The few I have narrowed my search down to are these...

1. Topshop Borg Lined Parka Jacket - £95
2. Topshop Fur Trimmed Borg Lined Short Parka - £78
3. Oasis Faux Fur Lined Parka - £88
4. Zara Combination Parka With Faux Leather Sleeves - £109

When I first found these jackets online and I was so sure I would like number 1 the most, but I was wrong. After trying them all on I love the Zara jacket, it looks far better on than it does in the picture and is amazing quality. I now just have to decide if I really do need another...? What do you think?

Do you have a favourite Autumn/Winter coat?



  1. I really want a Parka this year, spotted a gorgeous one in Miss Selfridge!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup

    1. You should definitely get one, I would be lost without's so comfy hehe.


  2. Parkas are my favorite! I have two that are very similar, but I couldn't resist them lol. I think it wouldn't hurt to get

    1. Well if you had to have them it doesn't matter how similar they are lol. My thinking exactly, you can't have enough cozy clothes hehe.


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    Would be great if we could promote each other/ tell others on our blog about each other
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    Rebecca xx

  4. The fur on the Oasis parka feels really nice and cosy all over me


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