Friday, September 27, 2013

How to Wear a Parka

(photo: Chictopia user - POUNPUU)

The parka.  It goes on top.  Usually with your arms through it.  It's some sort of greenish thing.  Yeah, we know.... to some of you, the parka may be as illusive as Grandma's surprise meatloaf.  I'm here to tell you, don't be afraid of Grandma's meatloaf (she loves you after all!)  And don't fear the parka either.

Actually, the parka is a little military green item of gold, especially in the fall and spring seasons.  It can come lined or unlined, depending on how cold it is or isn't, which means it's one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe.

(photo: Chictopia user - CASHMEREINSTYLE)

It typically comes in a loose fit silhouette which means it can translate to just about every body type, and plays well with a variety of looks.  Just because the parka looks traditionally like it should be paired with some army fatigues and boots, doesn't mean you have to.  In fact, this piece actually shines when you pair it with a juxtaposition piece like a flirty mini dress and cross body bag, or sexy leather pants. 

(photo: Chictopia user - THOUGHTSINPIXELS)

Unexpected pairings will take the parka (or anorak for those of you who like to blend the two) from potentially dull and utilitarian looking into something more fashion forward.  It also cozzies up well with boots, and even open toe sandals.  And hey, I just love the look created below with the denim jacket over the top for additional dimension and layering.  

(photo: Chictopia user - JENNIFERALYSSA)

So why not give the parka a try?!  You just might love it!  Got a photo of you wearing one?  Instagram and tweet it using hashtag #spankievalentine and #urbanog so we can see and repost!

Posted by:  Spankie Valentine

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