I may not be a lover of the puffer jacket (can it ever truly be flattering?), but when it’s below 20 outside, a wool coat just doesn’t cut it. So if I’m going to bundle up in something somewhat bulky, it’s gotta have a little character. That’s why a parka is always my first choice when it comes to functional outerwear—first, they’re warm (obviously), but second, they happen to look pretty cool, and with the right clothing, parkas can look outstanding. I like them with motorcycle boots, a big cozy scarf, and really slim jeans (to balance out the weight), but they also look great with dark dresses and slouchy sweats.
Since we’re just about halfway to February (OMG—I know) I wouldn’t dare dream of paying full price for a winter coat, nor should you, so I looked for one on sale. I ended with way more than just one—28 to be exact—and naturally, I figured I’d share. The mix includes styles by everyone from Moncler and Woolrich to Alexander McQueen and Maje, and all of them will work if you’re trying to avoid looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Go on and see for yourself.