An Ode to the Parka: Winter’s Forgotten Friend
You’ve always resented your parka a bit, only allowing its presence in your wardrobe out of obligation. “Winter is coming,” the House of Stark once proclaimed. “Thou shall not survive in a suede trench.” Fictional kingdom-wide warning or not, you begrudgingly put the rest of your shopping list on hold. Sorry, sparkly mini handbags. Not today, satin square toe sling backs. In the name of being a responsible adult without hypothermia, you bought a shroud of nylon and quilted down first. Ugh.
It went straight to the back of your closet where it waited as you reached for tweedy overcoats and neon fur chubbies instead. It didn’t whine. It didn’t grumble. It seemed content knowing that its day in the sun was coming, although that day wouldn’t be sunny at all. The skies would be gray, the temperatures, frigid, the sidewalks slick and snowy. The two of you would become the closest, most intimately-connected of friends.
And you did… until the storm passed.
Such is the plight of the parka.
Today, however, let us acknowledge the least-appreciated coat in our collections. Together we will raise a glass of hot chocolate and thank it and all of the puffers and shapeless anoraks of the world for stoically enduring neglect. Because while oversized, industrial outerwear has spent years silently watching in the wings, praying for the smallest sign of bad weather, it’s been quietly building a case for your undivided attention.
A fancy magazine editorial here, an inspiring street style appearance there — it all seemed random at first; a fashion world fluke. But the parka, it of waterproof fabric and removable hoods, is a relentless, determined creature. It will not be deterred.
Neither will you, perhaps, after witnessing the sartorial magic it can weave in the slideshow above.
Click through and pray for bad weather.
Collages by Emily Zirimis