Spring is an interesting season. It promises warmer weather while still being oddly temperamental and inconsistent. You could be enjoying the sunshine one minute, a warm breeze on your face, and suddenly the heavens open up and soak you to your bone. That’s why it is important to utilize a classic Spring parka. Ideally, a spring parka will be lightweight so you aren’t sweating underneath it if the mercury starts to rise, but be heavy duty enough to withstand a solid storm.
While there are myriads of new takes coming out daily, we prefer the classic style with updated specs and designs. Herewith, a few of our favorites.
Target – Merona Rain Jacket, $35
If you're looking for a budget option because you're lucky enough to live in a mostly sunny place, this coat from Target's house line Merona offers color to any look without emptying your checking account.
Alpha Industries – M59 Fishtail Parka, $130
First used by the United States in the Korean War, the M59 offers a fishtail originally intended to be tied around the back of the legs to keep water out. The tail has two snaps and can be fastened to give it a straight bottom. If you're looking for a slim, modern fit you need to size down – I'm normally a small or medium but the x-small in the Alpha Industries fits perfectly. Get it on Amazon and you can return it for free if it doesn't fit. – Andrew
Asos – Lightweight Parka, $67.77
Here is a stylish option that won’t break the bank. It comes in a regular fit which is perfect for layering. The deep burgundy with the contrast zipper is a welcome take on normal navy hues.
Snow Peak – Fire Protect Parka, $189
Snow Peak was founded by a mountaineer who was tired of current products falling short of his expectations. This piece is created with flame-resistant fabric so it should stand up just fine against rain and sleet.
H&M – Parka, $50
This parka features drawstrings at the waist and enough pockets to carry half of all your possessions. The gray texture adds a bit of modernity, and the price is hard to argue with.
Offering yet another classic, J.Crew stocks this number in three slightly different shades of blue. It’s light enough for the unexpected shower, and warm enough for spring nights that have a little nip in the air.
Frank & Oak – Fishtail Coastal Jacket, $135
Not much for colors or work in a strict business environment? This coated jacket with fishtail has a sense of a classic trench without making you feel like you're a 30s detective.
Penfield – Kingman Jacket, $169
There have been many takes on the classic fishtail parka, but we’re partial to this one offered by Penfield. It’s easy to take care of (just throw it in the wash) and promises to stand up to the harsh New England weather.
K-Way – Le Vrai Claude 3.0, $74
Lightweight, waterproof, and packable, the Le Vrai Claude 3.0 from K-Way is simple and to the point. It’s also fully customizable, so feel free to let those creative juices flow.
Gant Rugger – Pinstriped Parka, $450
Gant Rugger is known for their subtle variations on prep school classics, and this parka is no exception. Gant features a modernized version complete with distinguished pinstripes to set you apart.
Baracuta – Derment Mountain Jacket, $490
While being on the pricey side, this jacket is sure to offer you protection for many seasons to come. Made out of a weatherized chambray, the jacket experts at Baracuta have concocted a timeless addition to any wardrobe.