A street style staple the parka coat is another piece of garment that has come a long way through history to reach the streets. Originally the first ever people to wear it were the Caribou Innuit which made theirs out of caribou or seal skin. Layer it was adopted by the U.S. Army and the snorkel parka was born. It was used for personel stationed in extremely cold weather conditions. It gained the common name of “snorkel parka” because the hood can be zipped right up leaving only a small tunnel (or snorkel) for the wearer to look out of.

Another type of the parka coat is the fishtail Parka. It was inveneted and first put to use by the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The name fishtail comes from the fish tail extension at the back that could be folded up between the legs, much like a Knochensack, and fixed using snap connectors to add wind-proofing. The fishtail was fixed at the front for warmth or folded away at the back to improve freedom of movement when needed.

Both styles are popular in the street with slimmer more elongated form of the fishtail being more common that the snorkel. That’s also due to the heavy use of the fishtail in the 1960’s by the mod subculture. Traditionally colored sage green, the parka coat can also be found in a plethora of colors.

Since a coat isn’t always a direct stylistic element of your outfit I would suggest that you make it so! A great outfit is composed of everything you wear, so choose the color of you parka with care. Green works for most people, but why be the same as everyone ealse? The way we dress expresses our personality and emotional state. So don’t be afraid to break from the norm and choose a color that really is you!

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Fishtail Parka : Sneak Aces

Denim Jacket: Lee Jeans

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