Over the years, there are a handful of shopping questions that I’ve been asked repeatedly. And possibly the one in highest rotation has been: Kim! Where are all the good winter parkas? It’s a question I myself struggled with for ages before discovering the wonder that is the Spiewak Snorkel Parka. Super-warm and not too bulky, with a look that bridges the outdoorsy/rugged and tough/urban divide quite satisfactorily.
Many have also asked: Is there such thing as very stylish longer-length parka? To this I say, manage your expectations. There is something about taking the basic parka shape and then stretching it that appears to defy chic. Better just to try a good mid-knee length, like this piece, also from Spiewak. The collar’s nice and sophisticated, and I like how the puffy rings aren’t too symmetrical and Michelin Man. So much more flattering.
Luxury site Ssense is Canadian, so it would only figure that they’d have some pretty memorable down jackets. I am all over this this very sportif one from Parajumpers, which also comes in black.
Impossibly expensive but perfect beyond reason: a down jacket with a heather charcoal wool exterior.
And for those times when only knee-length or lower will suffice: you could do a whole lot worse than this hooded coat coat from LL Bean. The design is pretty clean—I’ve seen very similar looks from rather fancy designers that go for a lot more—and it keeps you warm in -5 degree weather. Which is the exact temperature when style goes out the window anyway, so you’ll be way ahead of the game.
Tags: LL Bean
, too damn cold