Ron Swanson may have his facial thicket to keep him warm, but if you’re not blessed in the baby tickler department, you probably need a coat this winter. Luck has it, one of winter’s top trends for keeping warm is with the parka, which, when considering your sartorial options is of the more manly variety.
Here are our top 10 picks for parkas:
Eddie Bauer pedals pretty traditional wares, so you don’t have to worry about wearing a parka that your dad will make fun of when you venture home for the holidays. For a simple but stylish option, try their Windfoil Parka in Dark Garnet. It will bring some color to your winter pale cheeks.
Patagonia plays by the same simple style rule as Eddie Bauer. Plus their Venn 3-in-1 Parka in Urbanist Green is able to handle: cold, wind, rain, cold wind, cold rain, wind and rain. And don’t even get them started on snow. The 3-in-1 Venn is designed to handle them all, while simultaneously keep you looking good. Plus we really like how founder Yvon Chouinard took his passion for the great outdoors and turned it a top-notch business.
TopMan gives the parka a fashionable update with color-blocking. The Navy and Ecru Colour Block Mountain Parka exhibits traits of machismo with a side of fashion smart. They also offer a Black Cropped Parka with Fur Hood, which kind of defeats the point of the parka, but can be worn in cities like Los Angeles, where they don’t have any idea what winter is.
Get on board with Gant and their Rainer Jacket, which is a preppy meets rugged take on the parka. This jacket will keep you dry during sudden downpours (or from women crying tears of joy at your extreme handsomeness).
For those of you who still get dressed up to go to work, look to Ralph Lauren for a down-filled parka that you can wear over your business suit. The Himal Parka, available in red or blue, will keep you looking smart and practical.
If you decide to venture outside and away from the bourbon over the next week, J. Crew’s Nanamica Camo Cruiser will make sure you stand out in the snow.
If fur on the collar or hood is really not your bag, Zara Man makes a basic, Khaki Parka with Visor Hood. We’re also partial to their dressed up Faux Suede Parka, which would also be an acceptable over the suit, or wear-it-to-Christmas-dinner option.
Last but not least, if you’re planning on hanging out in sub-zero temps, the Woolrich Byrd Parka has been tested in temperatures as low as -40 degrees. That means you can face any weather, or the Arctic stares of your mother-in-law.