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 on the high street

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If you’re yet to snap up one of the best winter coats, may we suggest one of these best parkas for women?

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 and surprisingly stylish, as well as being a handy addition to your collection of warmest winter coats.

How to wear a parka coat

It’s not just the Oasis frontman who is a fan of the parka coat. Kate Moss is still a regular parka wearer, teaming her khaki number with anything, from denim cut-offs at Glastonbury to a leather mini skirt on a night out for a more glamorous take on the casual style. 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 (phew!). One of the most versatile types of coat, 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 best parkas for women to shop now

Guaranteed to never go out of style, it’s worth splashing out on a decent parka coat to see you from one winter to the next. 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.

best parkas for women: M&S parka

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1. M&S Feather & Down Padded Hooded Parka

Best for warmth

Price: £149
Sizes: 6-24
Material: 84% polyester, 16% cotton
Wash: Machine wash
Colours: Black and olive
Reasons to buy
+Padded for extra warmth+Water repellent
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing can be unreliable 

This feather and down parka will definitely help you beat the chill. It's finished with water-repellent technology too for protection from unexpected downpours too. An adjustable waist guarantees the perfect fit, while fleece-lined pockets keep your hands cosy. 

best parkas for women: Next Faux Fur Hooded Parka

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2. Next Faux Fur Hooded Parka

Best for a flattering fit

Price: £86
Sizes: 6-26
Material: 48% polyester, 46% cotton, 6% nylon
Lining Material: 100% polyester
Artificial Fur Material: 55% acrylic, 33% modacrylic, 12% polyester
Wadding Material: 100% polyester
Available in: Petite and Tall
Colours: Navy and Grey
Reasons to buy
+Shower-resistant+Big pockets
Reasons to avoid
-Hood can be big

We love the shiny metallic hue on this beauty. It has a hidden drawstring to cinch you in at the middle, too. Finishing just above the knee, it’s a good length to keep you warm.

best parkas for women: Zara Parka

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3. Zara Parka with Faux Fur Collar

Best smart coat

Price: £119
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 75% wool, 25% polyamide
Wash: Not suitable for machine wash
Reasons to buy
+A stylish fit+Warmth
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

If you’re after something a bit smarter, this is the one for you. A classic camel coat is endlessly chic, while the faux fur collar adds a stylish detail. Fully lined, too, so it’ll still keep you warm.

Best parkas for women: John Lewis Kin Parka Coat in Khaki

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4. John Lewis Kin Parka Coat

Best for lighter coverage

Price: £99
Sizes: 8-20
Material: 71% polyamide, 29% polyester
Wash: Machine wash at 30ºC
Special features: Concealed front fastening
Reasons to buy
+Shower-resistant+Lighter fabric
Reasons to avoid
-Not as warm

This bestseller from John Lewis is perfect for those in-between seasons when you’re looking for a lighter cover-up. Its boxy silhouette keeps it looking casual and it’s shower-resistant, too.

Best Parkas for women: Gap Utility Parka Jacket

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5. Gap Utility Parka Jacket

Best for all-year-round

Price: £109.95
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Material: 97% cotton, 3% elastane
Wash: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Removable lining+Drawstring waist for flattering finish
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up big

This relaxed parka has a straight fit, finishing just below the hip. It has a cosy, removable liner, ideal for interchangeable weather.

Best parkas for women: Superdry Ashley Everest Parka Jacket

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6. Superdry Ashley Everest Parka Jacket

Best for making a statement

Price: £129.99
Sizes: 6-18
Hood and Padding Material: 100% polyester
Shell and Lining Material: 100% nylon
Rib Material: 99% polyester 1% elastane
Faux Fur Trim Material: 42% acrylic 41% modacrylic 17% polyester
Wash: Machine wash at 30ºC
Special Features: Adjustable waist
Reasons to buy
+Super warm+Statement shade+Removable fleece-line hood
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

This parka has a removable fleece-lined hood with a faux-fur trim, to keep you extra toasty. There’s an adjustable waist for a tighter fit round the middle.

Best parkas for women: Arket Oversized Fishtail Parka in Steel Blue

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7. Arket Oversized Fishtail Parka

Best for sustainability

Price: £150
Sizes: XS-L
Material: 80% polyester, 20% cotton
Wash: Machine wash at 30ºC
Colours: Black, Brown and Blue
Reasons to buy
+Wind and rain protection+Stylish colours+Made from recycled polyester and cotton blend
Reasons to avoid
-Not as warm

Perfect if you’re looking for protection from the wind and rain, this light parka has an oversized fit with an adjustable waist. We love the Steel Blue hue for a stylish update.

Best parkas for women: Very Michelle Keegan Short Faux Fur Hooded Parka Coat

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8. Very Michelle Keegan Short Faux Fur Hooded Parka Coat

Best for petites

Price: £65
Sizes: 6-18
Material: 90% polyester, 10% polyamide
Wash: Machine Washable
Reasons to buy
+Shorter style+Wearable colour+Fully lined
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

We love former Corrie star Michelle Keegan's collections and this classic parka is a particular favourite. 

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_