When the winter comes (as it always seems to) the only difference between staying warm and turning into a popsicle is what you’re wearing. When you pop on a parka, you’re one step closer to toasty town even when the mercury is curled up in a little ball. A parka will help keep you warmer than just an ordinary coat, and it can often be worn underneath a trench coat.
Coats vs Parkas
A lot of people use the terms “parka” and “coat” so interchangeably that the words almost lose their meaning as being different articles of clothing from each other. And in fact, there really isn’t a hard-n-fast difference between the two. You technically could call your coat a parka, or vice versa.
Where many people draw the line is in the length of these winter wares, though accessibility is also a difference you will notice. Parkas are usually a little harder to find since many people don’t think to look for them. As well, the length of a parka goes beyond your waist, which is where most coats stop.
A parka will often cover your butt, and will also sometimes cover your upper thighs. This addition of a few inches to half a foot may not seem like a big deal, but during the winter this can be huge. If you have ever felt that icy gap between your pants and your blouse, and you weren’t trying to show any midriff, you know why there’s a premium for a good parka.
Choosing Your Parka
If the temperatures around you are going to stay around freezing but not reach a truly epic chill, you can usually get by with a polyester sherpa-lined parka. They don’t often need to be totally waterproof, and you don’t need the extraordinary insulation of goose down. These kinds of parkas are still great for keeping you warm when the outside weather is anything but.
If the temperature isn’t that big of a deal but there’s wet snow aplenty, you are going to want to waterproof in the worst way. In many cases, parkas designed for these kinds of conditions are actually fairly light by parka standards. The key is in keeping out the moisture since wet skin sheds heat much faster than dry skin does.
When the weather is below zero, your parka had better have goose down. This is one of the best insulating materials known to womankind.
The Three Parts of Your Parka
The central part of your parka is its body, which is called a parka in itself. Beyond that, most parkas also have a jacket that can be zipped in or out, depending on whether it’s going to be a bit cold or downright “the Devil is a snowman” bone-chilling. Further, many parkas also have an outer shell, which is good if you may or may not need the full waterproofing effect from day to day.
As summer slides cruelly into autumn and winter, your parka is an excellent addition to your wardrobe. It’s modular, comfortable and so stylish!