The 8 best parkas for women for a warm, snug winter—and they're surprisingly affordable

The humble parka is a wardrobe winner—these are the best parkas for women

Best parkas for women
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If you are looking for a new piece of outwear to brave the winter, one of the best parkas for women is an excellent choice. Why? Typically they provide a lot of coverage, have warm linings and are water-resistant (if not fully waterproof). Basically, they are designed to shield you from extended periods of time out in the cold.

Sure, it may bring up flashbacks of Liam Gallagher "’avin’ it large" in the nineties, but a parka coat is one of the best winter coats around because they're surprisingly stylish as well as being one of the warmest winter coats.

It’s not just the Oasis frontman who is a fan of the parka coat. Kate Moss is still a regular parka wearer, pairing her khaki number with anything from denim cut-offs at Glastonbury to a leather mini skirt on a night out. The parka is even good enough for royalty with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both spotted rocking one.

But you don’t have to be a rockstar or a royal to pull off a parka (we're more likely to be seen walking the dog in ours). Parkas are one of the most versatile types of coats, and a winter wardrobe essential. This cosy cover-up is super versatile and can be worn over anything, from midi dresses to skinny jeans. Most styles also have adjustable waistbands. too, making them easily adaptable to fit your shape. Some have faux-fur-lined hoods and cosy lining for added warmth, while others are lighter for all-year wear. 

Practical and stylish, a decent parka coat will keep you warm, shield you from any sudden showers and give your outfit a bit of a cool edge. The only regret you'll have after buying one, is not doing it sooner.

The best parkas for women according to our fashion editors

Guaranteed to never go out of style, it’s worth splashing out on a decent parka coat to see you through the winter, year after year. Whether you go for a classic khaki shade or make a statement in a brighter hue, we’ve rounded up the best parkas to add to your winter wardrobe now.

Lululemon Winter Warrior 3-in-1 Parka

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1. Lululemon Winter Warrior 3-in-1 Parka

Best for warmth

Price: $698/£528
Sizes: US 0-14/ UK 4-18
Cuff Material: 57% Nylon, 24% Polyester, 19% Lycra elastane
Shell Material: 100% Polyurethane
Inner Layer Filling Material: 80% Grey Goose Down, 20% Grey Goose Feathers
Trim Filling and Pocket Lining Material: 100% Polyester
Shell Lining and Inner Layer Body Material: 100% Nylon
Inner Layer Upper Lining Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash Cold
Reasons to buy
+Extremely warm+Very waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive-Zipper can be tricky

This coat is guaranteed to keep you toasty during a bitter cold snap. The inner jacket is insulated with 600-fill-power goose down and whilst the outer jacket is fully seam-sealed and waterproof keeping you warm and dry even in the depths of winter. If that wasn’t enough, it has a fleece lining too. The classic fit makes it easy to layer, although you could probably get away with wearing just a t-shirt under this one!

Zara Water Repellent Puffer Parka

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2. Zara Water Repellent Puffer Parka

Best stylish parka

Price: $149/£99.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash at 30
Reasons to buy
+Stylish Faux Fur Trim+Budget-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Not as waterproof

Zara is an obvious choice when it comes to chic cover-ups and this parka ticks the practical box too. It’s slightly padded with a polar fleece lining and a high collar to help beat the chill. The removable faux fur trim is a stylish touch and the black hue makes it easy to work into your winter wardrobe. Little details such as an interior zip pocket are super handy too.

White Stuff Bayeswater Parka

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3. White Stuff Bayeswater Parka

Best for lighter coverage

Price: $189.50/£120
Sizes: US 2-18/UK 6-22
Main Material: 100% Cotton
Other Material: 100% Polyamide
Lining 1 Material: 100% Cotton
Lining 2 Material: 100% Polyamide
Wadding Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Flattering drawstring waist+Lightweight for summer
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up big

Parkas make practical summer coats too, offering protection from any unexpected showers and this number is a front-runner. It’s lightweight and breathable with a luxe-looking wax finish. The pops of yellow on the buttons are a playful touch whilst the navy hue is chic and smart. It has a drawstring waist to cinch you in at the middle for a flattering finish. Make that dog walk your catwalk in this beauty.

Finisterre Solus Waterproof Parka Jacket

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4. Finisterre Solus Waterproof Parka Jacket

Best waterproof parka

Price: $304/£225
Sizes: US 4-12/UK 8-16
Material: 100% Recycled Nylon
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Recycled materials+Very waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

This parka is a bestseller for a reason. It’s delightfully warm without looking bulky, maintaining a sleek and understated aesthetic. Lightweight and easy to pack down, it’s incredibly versatile and will look just as good worn in the city as it does in the countryside. Offering all-round weather protection it’s fully waterproof and insulated for added warmth. It’s at the higher end of the price scale but you’re bound to get plenty of wear out of it.

Fjallraven Kiruna Padded Parka

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5. Fjallraven Kiruna Padded Parka

Best everyday parka

Price: $350/£330
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Outer Material: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
Lining Material: 100% Polyamide
Filling Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Variety of colors+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Not only do Fjallraven make super stylish backpacks for women, their outerwear deserves some attention too. If you’re looking to veer away from classic khaki, this comes in five shades including a vibrant yellow for a bit of a statement-maker. There’s a protective flap on both the inside and outside of the zipper to stop cold winds and it’s lightly padded for extra warmth. The waist can be adjusted for a snug fit too.

Mango Oversize Parka

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6. Mango Oversize Parka

Best smart parka

Price: $149.99/£99.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Main Material: 61% Cotton, 39% Polyamide
Piping Material: 55% Polyester, 45% Viscose
Pockets Lining Material: 55% Polyester, 45% Viscose
Care: Machine Wash at 30
Reasons to buy
+Smart and chic+Good for layering
Reasons to avoid
-Not as warm as others

This trench-parka hybrid is perfect if you want to add more polish to your parka. It’s not as warm as others but has an oversized fit to easy to layer over chunky jumpers and a stylish option for spring too. The large lapel-collar gives it a modern update and the hood keeps it practical too. It’s water-repellent so will be able to withstand a light shower. Smart enough to wear over your evening dresses or for your 9-5 commute.

Sweaty Betty Stride Waterproof Jacket

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7. Sweaty Betty Stride Waterproof Jacket

Best parka for hiking

Price: $258/£195
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Material: 100% Polyamide
Care: Machine Wash at 30
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and breathable+Flattering elasticated waist
Reasons to avoid
-Can be big on petites

Much like the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings, this has loads of rave reviews from customers and we couldn’t agree more. One to go for if you’re tall as it has a longline fit and the sleeves can also come up slightly long too. Ideal for looking stylish on the go, it’s designed for walking and hiking but you could equally rock it commuting through the city too. It’s waterproof and breathable with taped seams and an elasticated waist for the perfect fit.

M&S Cotton Waisted Borg Lined Parka Coat

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8. M&S Cotton Waisted Borg Lined Parka Coat

Best budget parka

Price: $139/£79
Sizes: US 2-20/ UK 6-24
Main Material: 100% Cotton
Lining Material: 100% Polyester
Padding Material: 100% Polyester
Faux Fur Material: 85% Acrylic, 15% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash at 30
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
-May not last as long

M&S is our go-to when it comes to purse-friendly pieces that deliver on the technicals too. This cosy borg parka has a roomy hood with a faux fur trim to keep you toasty during a cold spell. It has a relaxed fit with an adjustable waist and hem to help streamline your silhouette. There’s plenty of pockets too for stashing your essentials. We love the soft pink hue for a fresh update too.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_