How to wear the parka

Q. I noticed that parka’s are making a comeback – but how to I wear the look without looking sloppy?

A. First it was favoured by Eskimos to fend off the icy Arctic winds. Then it was the choice of Mods for protecting their mohair suits during clashes with the Rockers in the 60s but, going back a few years, most people remember them as the anorak of choice for thousands of schoolchildren across Ireland. Now this practical coat of the great outdoors is back - this time in women's fashion.

Parkas, complete with masculine cut, fur, leather inserts, snorkel hoods and big zips, are once again set to be hot over the chilly winter months - a rebirth inspired by catwalk designers such as Altuzarra, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs and Gaultier. This style is wonderfully versatile and practical. Fur-lined hoods are what you need to be seen in this season to make a fashion statement, as well as keep out the cold, and there are plenty to choose from on the high street.

Now parkas of all shapes, sizes and colours are pouring into shops at the moment as the autumn and winter collections are unveiled including Pennys, Zara, Topshop and Debenhams. The sheer variety of parkas on the high-street reflects the fact the jacket can be worn by everyone and in many different ways. Team it with a pair of skinny jeans and ankle boots for a casual look or wear it over a floaty dress (just like Kate Moss) if you want to make a real style statement.

Internationale parka, €49.99

Parka €45 at Tesco