Zara Parka with Detachable WaistcoatFebruary 26, 2013
Learning to distinguish between practical and impractical purchases is an important (albeit difficult) skill to acquire when one is an avid consumer of fashion and style blogs. I have made innumerable mistakes in the past on spur-of-the-moment purchases (with Goodwill donation slips as my witness) and I promised myself that I would take more care in vetting purchases.
Utility jackets (and similarly designed military jacket, parkas, army jackets, cargo jackets, field jacket, etc.) piqued my interest early on but I did not consider them seriously until I started spotting them regularly on Cee, Jean, and Blair's blogs.
I finally bit the bullet this winter after trying on several styles and scouring the web for feasible options. I ordered three sizes of the Zara girls' parka worn in this post to compare (gotta love free shipping and free return shipping) and had a Goldilocks moment when making my decision.
This jacket would score a perfect 10 on my rubric if it had side, on-seam pockets and was longer in the size that I ended up keeping but it was fairly true to my original criteria.
|Zara Parka with Detachable Waistcoat | J. Crew Faded Chambray Popover | Forever 21 Polka Dot Sweater (similar here and here) | J. Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool | HUE tights | Zara Office City Bag | Boutique 9 Zanny Knee-High Boots (also here, here, here and here)|
I normally wear size 13/14 in Zara girls' dresses (for longer length) but can get away with a smaller size in jackets and outerwear, of which I typically prefer a slimmer fit.
|Abercrombie & Fitch Skyler Parka - size XS (currently sold out/retail tag here)|
|Brooks Brothers Girls' Cotton Twill Coat|
(For additional options, consider these: J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket, Topshop Hooded Parka, Burberry Taffeta Drawcord Parka, Forever 21 Utility Drawstring Jacket, ASOS Utility Parka, Hunter Lightweight Field Jacket, and Topshop Short Hooded Parka)