Parkas are winter’s unsung heroes. They are insulated, long enough to protect your thighs, made for the most frigid of conditions, and are weatherproof enough to stand up to the snow, sleet, slush, and everything in between. With so many options to choose from, we’ve done the digging, read the reviews, and tried out a few for ourselves to round up the best parkas for women that you’re going to want to add to your winter weather wardrobe ASAP.
What makes parkas the best option for the rudest of winter conditions is their level of durability. They are made to trap your body heat in with padded-down or synthetic insulation, and have thick outer shells for added protection. Basically, parkas a great winter staple to invest in. That said, not all parkas are created equally. There are thinner options perfect for layering, casual styles, sleek options that can be dressed up, performance jackets perfect for winter workouts, and picks in every color and pattern under the sun (or lack thereof).
These are the 15 best parkas that will keep you warm and stylish in the sub-zero temperatures, no matter what sort of activities your winter has in store…without looking or feeling like the Michelin man.
Everlane The Duvet Puffer — $248.00
This black oversized number is easy to match with any day-to-night outfit because of its minimalist design. It’s conveniently machine washable, and the 100 percent recycled nylon shell and polyester and down lining makes it eco-friendly, too. The removable belt and hood make it great for styling up or down, and the larger fit is perfect for layering.
The North Face Arctic Down Parka — $300.00
North Face knows how to make pieces that brave the most frigid of conditions. This parka comes in five different colors to choose from, is lightweight enough to pack, but also filled with down for ultimate insulation. The slim fit is creates a more compact look (and feels more bundled up), and the raglan sleeves and waterproof shell make it great for mobility when doing outdoor winter activities.
L.L. Bean Maine Mountain Parka — $397.00
L.L. Bean is the president of the world of outdoor gear that can withstand the elements. This technical parka falls at your mid-thigh, offering prime mobility, while still featuring a waterproof exterior filled with DownTek insulation that will keep you protected from the elements and cozy warm.
Best performance parkas
Houdini W’s Fall in Parka — $650.00
This hooded parka is light enough to pack, waterproof enough for the most extreme conditions, and features a lightweight, recycled padding that is breathable and doesn’t make you feel like you’re a walking marshmallow, but is, at the same time, also tightly packed and warm.
Best hooded parkas
Alo Cypress Puffer — $328.00
This mid-length, relaxed fit parka is called the “undisputed champion of cold weather.” The lined hood keeps heat from escaping, and the zipper and snap front closure provides two barriers against the elements. The zippered front pockets are also great for keeping your essentials protected when it snows.
Canada Goose Shelburne Down Parka — $1,275.00
This down parka comes in seven colors and is a “capital F” Fashion staple piece. The hood is adjustable and has a removable fur trim, the exterior is water resistant, and the interior is filled with duck down. The snap-close lower back vents are also great for breathability to limit the dreaded “I’m wearing too many layers” sweats.
Best colorful parkas
Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket — $160.00
This bright parka has nearly 15,000 five-star reviews and comes in 13 colors to choose from. It’s stylish, modern, a statement piece, and has six pockets to fit all of your essentials and cold weather accoutrement. The coat’s 100 percent polyester lining is also very windproof to protect you from the chill.
Rag & Bone Joelle Nylon Long Puffer Jacket — $795.00
This statement puffer is long and oversized, perfect for layering and protecting your legs against the wind. The four bright shades are great for adding a pop of color to grey winter days, and the snap closure and funnel neck keep you warm from head to toe.
Best lightweight parkas
Marmot Montreal Down Coat — $285.00
This down parka is one of the warmest on the list, yet it’s not the heaviest. This is great if you’re hiking (or doing some kind of activity that requires as much mobility as possible without weighing you down). The fleece-lined torso, insulated hood, and hand warmer pockets make sure that all of your bases are covered…literally. The detachable faux fur is also great for dressing up or dressing down the piece.
Bernardo Sleeping Bag Fashion Coat — $258.00
Looking for a blanket you can wear? This parka feels like a thick duvet or sleeping bag, and is oversized enough to fit many layers inside. And while it’ll keep you covered, you won’t feel like you’re wearing sand bags. The filler is sustainable, the hood has a drawstring to fit it to your head, and the below the knee cut will keep you protected from the wind.
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