Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pick your Parka

by Erica Jane Basson 

So, the parka, also known as an anorak, is one of the best things ever designed. Finally a trend designed with both style and comfort in mind! The great thing about this 90’s military inspired jacket is that it comes is various shapes and sizes. It comes in unlimited colours and patterns and will be available at most stores this fall and winter. I have already spotted a few beauties at The Lot, Cotton On, Factorie and even Mr Price! This is definitely the item to have this upcoming winter!

The great thing about a parka is it’s perfect for any occasion. I often call mine my ‘Festival Jacket’ because it’s great for a gig, a braai, a hike, a day in town, a winter’s day at the ocean anything actually; suited for both indoor and outdoor activities. Parkas can also be easily worn. Throw it over a patterned jumper and a skinny jean. To capture the 90s look throw over a baggy jumper and leggings. Wear it over skirts and dresses, shorts and stockings, long skirts even. Wear it with collared tops, crop tops or t-shirts. Wear it with boots, converse, even brogues or creepers. If your parka already has pattern or print on it, don’t be afraid! Mix and match or just wear over something simple, great thing about a statement parka is you’ll never have to put much effort into making it look cool. It looks awesome paired with chunky scarves and a flannel or denim shirt layered underneath. As you can see there are endless outfit choices!

A big trend on parkas this season is the military style. Army greens and camouflage are everywhere. But you can find so many different kinds to fit your personality. It’s the type of trend that will last past the season and can be worn in warmer weather as well. Trust me, if you go out and buy yourself one of these babies you won’t regret it for a second. 

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