06 January 2012 by

Style Hunter’s Street Guide to Pretty Parkas

One minute it’s raining cats and dogs, the next it’s all crisp, sunny and dry. It’s enough to make your brain go more unruly and fuzzy than your hair. And we can’t even consider the damage this bonkers weather is doing to our wardrobes. So, in these tough sartorial times there’s nowhere better to find (realistic) inspiration on how to tackle it than on the streets. Step up Giovanna Battaglia – the ever chic Contributing Fashion Editor of W magazine – and her couture-like take on the parka/anorak. We all know a parka or anorak will keep you warm and waterproof, but did you know you can sidestep looking geeky or downright grungy, too? What with sports-luxe around the S/S’12 corner (or right now - if you’re ready for it like Rihanna), it’s a worthwhile lesson. In fact, for extra new-season mileage when the sun shines, we’d suggest checking out Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang’s runways – they’ve integrated this jacket into their summer collections. But here’s Style Hunter’s quick guide to getting it right, right now…

DO wear it with something really girly like Giovanna’s flippy skirt and silk printed scarf.

DO pair with chic pumps (but make sure those wellies or some handy boots are in the office…)

DO try something in an alternative colour to black or parka-green. It’ll earn you plenty of fashion brownie points and you’ll feel smarter.

DON’T go too scruffy. Ripped jeans, a hoodie and biker boots are more festival, less street-chic.

DON’T wear with anything resembling an exchange student’s essentials. Rucksacks + anoraks = wrong’un.

Clockwise from right

Purple parka, £373.50, Jil Sander, www.theoutnet.com

Black bow-front pumps, £169, Pretty Ballerinas, www.prettyballerinas.com

Black skirt, £52, Neuw, www.farfetch.com

Studded bag, £69.99, Zara, www.zara.com

Grey cashmere rollneck, £49.90, www.Uniqlo.com

Printed silk scarf, £65, Aspinal of London, www.aspinaloflondon.co.uk

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