Monday, January 21

Thrift Inspiration...............Parkas for all budgets!

Hi everyone! Wishing you all a Happy Monday and I hope you are bearing up with all the snow we are having! This month I have been trying to just thrift items that I know I will definitely wear and really like, as opposed to items that I will put in the wardrobe for an 'in case occasion'. I already have so many items that don't get worn regularly so I am trying to fill in the basics and then shop my wardrobe as much as possible.

One item that has been on my style radar for a long while is a khaki green parka. Regarding rainwear, I am very much in the 'parka' camp as opposed to the 'trenchcoat'. As much as I really like them I don't feel 'me' in them and just prefer to admire them on other people!
Here is my pick of parkas available now, both designer and on the high street:








I thrifted this Parka raincoat a couple of weeks ago from the Salvation Army charity shop for just £3.99 and its by Marks and Spencer. It is a lightweight one and ideal for those Spring showers which will be inevitable for us in the UK!! What drew me to it was the length too, as it comes to just touching the knee so will keep me well protected from wind and rain. It also has enough room to fit a tailored jacket, chunky cardigan or jumper underneath to keep my dry and cosy:


I like the minimal detailing and the coat will be easy to style with any given outfit, particularly with skinny jeans and boots. I think dark khaki is a very versatile and easy neutral colour to work with in the wardrobe for Spring and makes a fresh change from black and beige.


What is your style choice for rainy weather, do you wear parkas or raincoats and will you be investing in either for Spring?

16 comments:

Perdita said...

I have either a classic duffel coat or a tailored 'puffa' style jacket, depending if I'm wearing vintage or modern.

I like a parka, but I can't justify a new coat when I have several good ones already.

Frocktasia said...

I swear by my Second hand Danish Musk Ox parka when the weather is like this, you could go to the north pole in it...probably ;)
I won't be buying anything new this year cause I've too many jackets and coats already...x

silkpathdiary said...

The trench was my first love and I discovered the parka only last year after years of thinking they were too casual for me. I found 2 both from the mens department, H&M and Gap and I couldn't be happier with them! I alernate between a trench or parka depending on where I'm going. So no need to look for either - yay!

janettaylor said...

Yours is the best! Great work!

Ofelia said...

Your Parka was a great find!
I haven't wear a Parka since I left San Diego back in '99 ( I used to have a thrifted yellow Tommy Hilfilger).
I don't think that we have a rainy season anymore. The South Florida weather is crazy (it was cool and rainy yesterday morning and then bright and hot the rest of the day) so different colors umbrellas is the way to go.

schoolgatestyle said...

Loving your bargain! I've had a hankering for a parka recently too so I really enjoyed this post. Of course, the most expensive one was my favourite! Typical! Avril x

Kezzie said...

I like parkas! Good find! I tend to wear a variety in the rain- it depends on the temperature!!!

Ella said...

What a bargain! I would love a nice parker to keep me dry this spring xx

Heather said...

Wow great find it looks just like the pricey ones!! I love JCrew I really like the JCrew Coat you have shown but ugh they are sooo expensive I have found a few cute jcrew pieces at the thrift store though!! Enjoy that new coat Love Heather

Style Eyes said...

I also have a duffle coat for slightly smarter occasions and a khaki sort of parka that I have had for years. I just love the colour of it and it always feels good to wear. Mine is a bit faded out now so if I saw one in a charity chop, I would definitely have to grab it! Your was a fantastic find.

two birds said...

i love parkas, and a good trench coat. i love your coat...i like the clean lines!

jamie-lee said...

I think finding the perfect parka is so difficult, and I am still on the hunt for one myself. The one you picked up is pretty sweet - I do need one for when it rains, I am without a rain coat!

MyStyle said...

Hi everyone-it was great to read your thoughts and comments, thanks so much for stopping by xx

Style At Every Age said...

I love Parka's and got one in the French Connection sale last summer x

Sue said...

I have two - a summer weight one and another for the cooler months. I think I was just greedy.

Norma said...

I agree completely. I love Parkas. I just bought one from Burlington Coat Factory. They had a great selection and I saved about $60 on the one I decided to buy.

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