Winter coats: fur vs parka

What’s keeping you warm this winter?

FUR came back on the catwalk in early 2011. It might have been fashions’ way of rejecting our economic collapse with its luxurious look, but it seeped into our high streets and made a return at Milan fashion week. What’s not to love about it? It’s soft, incredibly warm, classy and shockingly practical. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not that expensive either; with pieces on the high street starting from around £25. Its popularity suggests that it will be around for another couple of years yet.
Tip: if you want to find a decent piece for a good price, have a look in charity shops first as you might be lucky to find old classics handed down and just waiting to find a new home.


The parka coat has had a long credible history, especially among soldiers and fishermen who have worn this style to protect them against the elements for hundreds of years. In the 60’s the Mods brought this sensible outerwear to the for front of fashion. Luckily for us, it has been seen as this winters’ fashion must have and rightly so. The parka is known for its durability; it’s weather resistant and since most traditional ones are internally lined with fur, you are sure to be extremely warm against the cold weather we’re going to have to face in the coming months. If you’re not into the girly nature of the fur coat, then turn to the parka for a more subtle look without stepping out of fashion. A good parka tends to be a little bit more expensive than a faux fur coat but from the way it’s made, it’s worth it for its longevity.

If you like both types of winter warmers then why not follow the trend and grab a parka with a fur lined hood; with a combination of the two, you can have the best of both worlds!

Just because you are loving fur this season does not mean you have to opt for a fur coat. Look at other options like fur hats, headbands and scarfs. Adding those accessories not only adds layers to your winter outfit but instantly changes your look to a more sophisticated one.