Over the years, there are a handful of shopping questions that I’ve been asked repeatedly. And possibly the one in highest rotation has been: Kim! Where are all the good winter parkas? It’s a question I myself struggled with for ages before discovering the wonder that is the Spiewak Snorkel Parka. Super-warm and not too bulky, with a look that bridges the outdoorsy/rugged and tough/urban divide quite satisfactorily.
Many have also asked: Is there such thing as very stylish longer-length parka? To this I say, manage your expectations. There is something about taking the basic parka shape and then stretching it that appears to defy chic. Better just to try a good mid-knee length, like this piece, also from Spiewak. The collar’s nice and sophisticated, and I like how the puffy rings aren’t too symmetrical and Michelin Man. So much more flattering.
Impossibly expensive but perfect beyond reason: a down jacket with a heather charcoal wool exterior.
And for those times when only knee-length or lower will suffice: you could do a whole lot worse than this hooded coat coat from LL Bean. The design is pretty clean—I’ve seen very similar looks from rather fancy designers that go for a lot more—and it keeps you warm in -5 degree weather. Which is the exact temperature when style goes out the window anyway, so you’ll be way ahead of the game.