Monday, 2 October 2017

20 Parkas and Lightweight Quilted Jackets to Take you Anywhere

This is the time of year when every woman in the know is out there looking for the best ever parka/down coat/ padded jacket with a bit of flare for the new season.  So if you’ve dusted off last year’s coats and jackets and found them wanting you need to get shopping right now, because the best coats and jackets, the most flattering, the best value, investment or otherwise, and the best brands sell out really fast.

It may be that the trench coat is this season’s fashion must have, however I confess I’ve never got on with these – without a hood they’re useless if you want to keep your hair in any state when it’s damp or it rains, and they don’t keep you warm in the cold.  Yes they look tres chic but my coat/jacket of choice has always been the fine quilted coat or a smart parka, both of which you can wear anywhere, and both of which will take you from country to town and back.

Armani Jeans Quilted Padded JacketBurberry Hooded Quilted Shell Down JacketCanada Goose Camp Quilted JacketOasis Waxed ParkaPhase Eight Short Puffa Coat

Many of this season’s puffer jackets and parkas are belted, which can be difficult – I think a drawstring at the waist is likely to be more flattering unless you’re really slim, but emphasising the waist is in this season so go for it if you can.

Canada Goose Lite Quilted Shell Down JacketPhase Eight Fur Trim Puffa JacketOasis Premium ParkaWarehouse Belted Wadded CoatWallis Grey Padded Long Parka

These coats and jackets will keep you warm and dry whatever the weather, some are more packable than others, and others smarter than others, however it hardly matters if what you wear most, wherever you are, is defined by ‘athleisure’.  Who isn’t happiest charging about town in jeans and new season’s sneakers?  Heels for shopping?  Forget about it.

Barbour International Quilted Jacket - black alsoBarbour Ascott Quilted ParkaMint Velvet Wax Faux Fur Trim ParkaSuperdry Black Quilted JacketCanada Goose Shell Down Parka

My favourite coat/jacket of these is the Armani Jeans fitted quilted padded hooded jacket with ribbon detail.  Partly because the day I left my coat on the train on the way to Paris I ‘had’ to make a trip to Galleries Lafayette to replace it and found my perfect coat – a version of this one and partly because if you can, a beautifully cut investment quilted jacket will serve you well for years.

Phase Eight Smart Fur Trim Puffa CoatWhistles Grey Casual ParkaWhistles Black Waxy Parka JacketMint Velvet Luxe Faux Fur Trim ParkaHobbs Lilianna Puffer

Having said that there are many here that are not as expensive, and some more so.  The choice is up to you…. just don’t leave it too long.