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Fashion Trend : Parka Jackets

Fact : the fashion seasons work in advance than weather seasons : when we have blue skies and sun, fashion designers have already set their sights on what they can create for the winter months. For any autumn/winter period, the main item … +

Fact : the fashion seasons work in advance than weather seasons : when we have blue skies and sun, fashion designers have already set their sights on what they can create for the winter months. For any autumn/winter period, the main item to possess is a good coat. And it seems one of the most popular outerwear pieces for the coming months is the parka jacket.

The parka is an interesting outerwear piece, because of his history in both practical and fashion circles. Originally created and worn by Inuits and Eskimos for the purely practical protection in the Arctic regions, parkas were worn by females, as the Inuit parkas contained a built-in baby pouch for carrying infants along with the stereotypical fur-lined hood.

From their Inuit Eskimo roots, parkas really came to the forefront in a military context during 1950s when the US army adopted their own take on this outerwear garment – the N-3B ‘snorkel’ parka. It was also the US military who helped formulate the other most popular take on the parka – the fishtail parka. Used to protect soldiers from the elements during the Korean War in the early 1950s, the fishtail parka was so-called due to its fishing lookalike design..

Parkas became more and more popular, and were logically copied and sold to the civilian market. The fur-lined parka became extremely popular with school children during the 1970s and 1980s due to the hardy, durable design and the easily recognizable faux fur-lined hood and bright orange lining. The parka fell out of favour slightly during the late 80s and early 90s due to connotations with trainspotters and associations with nerds, but regained popularity during the end of the 90s and early 00s when british celebrities such as David Beckham and Liam Gallagher were seen sporting the outerwear.

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