Does a stylish and functional parka that meets my criteria exist? Or am I out of luck?
I’m in the market for a stylish yet warm parka. I have an old one from Lands’ End, but it’s losing its waterproofing qualities. I’ve been reading old threads here about finding the perfect parka:
I’d like one that is Gore-tex (or something equally as waterproof) and very warm, with few drafts at the seams and openings. What I’m finding is that the most functional ones just aren’t very stylish. I ordered the L.L. Bean Baxter State Parka
, which looked perfect online, but in real life, it’s very puffy (a downside to down) and makes me look like a chunky monkey (which I’m not!).
I have a high waist, small upper torso, with wide hips. What I like best are designs with a distinct waist to them. The standard jacket cut (see here) don’t fit me well, because in order to fit my hips, they are very large around my shoulders.
My other issue is that I am extremely pale, and many parkas come in colors like red, black, and royal blue. These colors are horrible on me. I prefer something more muted, like a salmon or medium green.
And just to make this even more difficult, I’m trying to keep it under $250. If that wasn’t an issue, I’d buy this one
in a snap! The cost of that is about $550 US. Ouch!
Does a stylish and functional parka exist? Or am I out of luck?