The Parka


Welcome to part two of Jacket Sale Shop‘s Guide to Men’s Coats, where we’re taking a look at six classic coats that never go out of style. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first installment of our guide on the overcoat.


The parka has an interesting history, and its design has changed significantly in the modern day compared to its original design. The Caribou Inuit created the parka in order to survive in the extreme cold of the Arctic climage during their hunting expeditions. The original parkas were made from the skin of seals or caribou, giving them a slimness ideal for their usage as an outer shell against the cold. Modern parka construction diverges significantly from these original designs.


The parka’s manufactured today for Western consumption are usually made of lightweight, synthetic materials, then filled with down. This gives them their characteristic “puffy” look — and explains why they are known to some as “puffer” coats. Parkas today are usually hip- to mid-thigh-length, with drawstrings around the wast and bottom. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a parka that isn’t equipped with a fur-trimmed hood, often with a draw-string. Button or zipper closure is common, along with a variety of chest and flap pockets.

Because of its sporty look, the parka is best for casual outings — and, as an outermost layer, of course, when the weather becomes unbearably cold.

Next week, our Guide to Men’s Coats will tackle the car coat.


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