The word 'Parka' translates to 'animal skin' in and originates in the Nenets language which is spoken in the arctic regions of Northern Russia and the Aleutian Islands located between Russia and Alaska. The very first Parka Jacket was invented by by Caribou Inuits and was made from Caribou or Seal skin as this gave the best protection from the ice cold temperatures and bitter winds the Inuits faced when out Hunting or Sea Fishing.
Over the years, the Parka Jacket has become a popular choice for a winter coat thanks to it's versatility, durability, warmth and throughout the 1960s and onwards - it's ever increasing fashion status. The classic parka has a relaxed shape with practical reasoning behind it, allowing the wearer to layer up underneath it without looking overly bulky or puffy. This means whether you go for a longer length parka coat, or keep it cropped to the hip, you shouldn’t have to be faffing with too much space when it’s zipped up. The length of the arms should also fall on or just above or below the wrist line, keeping you from looking like you’re wearing a jacket that is too small for you!
The Top Outdoor Brands such as The North Face, Barbour, Berghaus Rab and Jack Wolfskin have all designed their own versatile Parka Jackets and coats. The North Face are hot on insulation and pack in the Down Feather where they can. Barbour's casual country styled Parkas are designed for Light Walking while Berghaus favour extra coverage and storm protection for those blustery days when out Hiking the hills. Rab try to keep everything as lightweight as possible and still staying water resistant and Jack Wolfskin ensure their Parka Jackets are both Waterproof and Breathable and often have a Fur Trim hood.
Women's Winter Parkas look great with classic woollen knits whether that be oversized winter hoodies or jumpers or chunky knit hats.