Ultimate Coat Guide: In Praise of the Parka

When our new Ultimate Coat Guide launched recently, the parka by Canada Goose above immediately caught our eye—as much for its weather-vanquishing protective qualities as for its time-tested mix of utility and aesthetics.

Function. The coat above features Canada Goose’s Arctic Tech fabric—offering the utmost in water resistance, warmth and durability—and boasts a Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index rating of TEI-4. You can learn more about what that means here, but for the layperson city-dweller, simply know that it will protect your favorite suit from harsh weather en route to the office as dependably as it would your favorite limbs from frostbite on a mission to map the Arctic Circle.


Form. Just ask British explorer Frederick George Jackson (1860–1938), whose Burberry parka was surely a lifesaver—literally—when he located missing Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

In addition to looking happily toasty in his trusty coat, this epic photo of F.G. also foreshadows a trend that continues in menswear to this very day: the oversized coat. “Proportion is fashion,” as Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz declared prior to that brand’s fall/winter 2013 fashion show in Paris.

To wit, exaggerated outerwear (from sleek parkas to post-apocalyptic leather ponchos) dominated many a runway for the current season—often paired with slim pants for contrast. The takeaway? Don’t be afraid to bulk up this winter.

Pictured: Alexander Wang | Burberry | Dries Van Noten*
Lanvin | Balmain | Maison Martin Margiela




[*Dries Van Noten available at selected stores. Tech spec image via Canada Goose. F.G. Jackson image via Burberry. Runway images via Style.com.]

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