The classics endure because they do a job well. So it is with the parka, first fashioned by Inuits to outwit Arctic breezes; adopted by the US military to protect flight crews from the same; then taken as uniform by mods, since the fishtail kept moped grime off their suits.
Though they share some characteristics – a hood, ideally (faux) fur-lined, and front fastenings – today’s takes run the gamut from down-filled to lightweight shells. Meaning you’re covered, whether you’re facing blizzards or a damp commute.
1. Spiewak Aviation Snorkel Parka
Long-term outfitter to the US Police, Spiewak expanded into fashion with two new lines last year, which married their technical nous to silhouettes ripped from the runway.
So you get goose down to keep you warm on a stakeout, but a cut and colouring that accessorise better with a luxe leather backpack than a box of doughnuts.
Available at Spiewak, priced £415.
2. ASOS Parka Jacket With Faux Fur In Navy
For the price, you’d expect something insubstantial, but ASOS’ parka is crafted from a mid-weight padded fabric and comes with the all-important faux fur-lined hood, making it ideal for unpredictable weather.
Add in borg lining and enough pockets to negate carrying a bag, and you’ve got an ideal new commuting coat.
Available at ASOS, priced £60.
3. PS By Paul Smith Hooded Shell Parka
Proving you need neither bell or whistle for your style to be on-point, this unassuming parka by Paul Smith’s diffusion label does away with fur and most pockets, but maintains what matters: the seat-covering hem and weatherproof construction.
But to avoid looking purely utilitarian, the zip’s nudged off-centre, so people don’t mistake it for army surplus.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £500.
4. Parka London Henrik Parka
As the name suggests, UK-based label Parka London is a bit of an expert when it comes to the classic outerwear piece. But it’s not all bulky green numbers.
The Henrik jacket comes in a slim silhouette, with panelled detailing and sharp lines that make it a novel pair to your tailoring, when the overcoat feels a bit pass&eactue;.
Available at Parka London, priced £250.
5. Burton Parka With Faux Fur Hood
Who says parkas need to be green? This season, let outerwear be a way to introduce a touch of colour into your wardrobe. Not neon, perhaps, but autumn leaf shades like burgundy, here paired with a faux fur hood and utility pockets.
Wear with your usual denim and a neutral jumper/shirt combination for a more interesting approach to the season than head-to-toe navy.
Available at Burton, priced £65.
6. Penfield Hoosac Parka In Tan
If you’re located somewhere snowstorms are a regular hazard, you’re going to need something heavy duty. Enter US outdoors label Penfield, a brand that excels when it comes to outerwear made to battle more than the odd shower.
This season its Hoosac parka comes in a soft yet striking tan shade, and a durable shell built to withstand harsh winters. Although it’s a good bet even if you’re an urbanite.
Available at Penfield, priced £375.
7. Zara Camouflage Parka
Camo seems appropriate for something with military heritage, but Zara tweaks the ubiquitous pattern so, counter-intuitively, you stand out.
Not one for the depths of winter, admittedly – it’s polyester and unlined, so won’t provide much insulation – but it’s an easy-to-wear way to beat the rain when the temperatures are still in double digits.
Available at Zara, priced £59.99.
8. Pretty Green Khaki Bonded Parka
We rarely see ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher out of a khaki parka, so it’s no surprise that the jacket has become one of the most popular pieces from his own brand, Pretty Green.
There, the differences end. This bonded parka is worlds apart from the oversized versions he wears, cut slim instead so you can team it with a suit for the office, as well as your favourite jeans and trainers at the weekend.
Available at Pretty Green, priced £180.
9. Barbour International Winter Storm Slim Parka
Barbour International is the British brand’s biker-inspired line, and the influence is immediately apparent in this parka’s belt fastening, patch pockets and short hem, to aid getting in the saddle. The tyre print to the lining is a clue, too.
But even if you don’t have a Triumph in the garage, you’ll appreciate the insulation and waxed cotton when you’re queuing for the bus in the hail.
Available at Barbour, priced £349.
10. Rains Grey Parka Jacket
Danish label Rains has been keeping fashion fans dry since 2012, producing sleek, minimalist outerwear entirely from rubber.
Its take on the age-old parka is an interesting one, sticking to key design features – a longer length, fishtail back and protective yoke – while updating the silhouette into something slightly more relaxed and drapier. Less of a winter warmer, more of a wearable umbrella.
Available at Topman, priced £95.