Style Advice of the Week

Once December hits the northeast, it’s time to unearth your parka and bundle up for the long winter ahead. Parkas tend to cover up a good outfit rather than enhance it, making you feel bulky and shapeless. Well, contrary to popular belief, there are ways to look cute in the cold with the right parka! One Fashionista demonstrates the right type of parka that you should be wearing this winter and every winter from here on out.

This week’s Fashionista makes winter wear fashion-friendly in a grey down parka by The North Face. This parka has a belt to define her shape and a removable fur hood for style, while its length extends past the hips for extra warmth. One great place to buy a winter coat is Macy’s because of their variety of designer brands for affordable prices. Macy’s carries several parkas like this one in a wide array of colors and styles. Some of my favorite options include this black puffer by Michael Kors with a faux fur hood and belted waist; this beautiful Kenneth Cole wine colored parka; this Betsey Johnson quilted puffer in white; or this GUESS puffer in an eye-catching teal color. All four of these parkas are quality brands for under $200.

Underneath her perfect parka, our Fashionista is stylish throughout, in distressed BlankNYC skinny jeans with a classic white T-shirt and a leopard print belt, both from H&M. You can find other leopard print belts at Nasty Gal and ASOS to spice up your jeans and T-shirt combination. She accessorizes for bargain prices with a Brandy Melville beanie and a black infinity scarf from Old Navy. On her feet she wears studded black booties from Target. You can copy her shoe style with suede booties by Wanted or these amazing leather booties from Steve Madden. On her arm is the practical and stylish O.M.G. bag by Lo & Sons, which has plenty of room for your laptop, books and other necessities for a day of classes.

A quality winter parka makes a great holiday gift! Keep in mind, a belt or cinched waist adds shape to your puffer, while a faux fur hood is both warm and attractive. Make sure you look for down filling when choosing your coat for the utmost warmth. Blending fashion with a practical parka is far from impossible, you just need to look in the right places!


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