My Festival Essential? – A Parka

Dear Readers,

Like something that’s meant to be – a few things came together today.

1. The wettest weekend music celebrations known to man; AKA the UK / Ireland festival season, started this weekend, with Download at Donington Park.

2. This prompted someone to ask me what my one, single festival essential was, for a magazine survey*.

3. I tried this frikkin amazing parka on in River Island this afternoon.

and 4. I just got back from watching the new Noel Clarke film, In which Shannon, played by Ophelia Lovibond wears a similar parka.

*Naturally then, my answer was, “why, a Parka of course”. I have decided that I need one of these in my life; especially for hanging around, drinking and dancing in fields. Wearing it with Hunters, cut-offs and a few layers on top will do the job. The River Island one is lined with something to make it warmer and I’m thinking, if I manage to ‘loose’ my tent, this coat will easily double up as a sleeping bag. It’s huge too.

If you’re unconvinced by my converse / Parka combination, here’s a few looks for real inspiration:

The Sartorialist

Trendtastic-ny.com – (a bit short but loving the leather trousers / parka combo)

Kate Beckinsale

Rihanna – Teaming Aran knits with hers

The Girls with Shannon in her Parka

The ultimate Parka – as worn by Jimmy in Quadrophenia


All images via google unless stated otherwise.


9 Responses to “My Festival Essential? – A Parka”

  1. June 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I picked up a great summer parka in Pennys a few weeks back, all military style and light – love it!

  2. June 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Oh that parka and leather look is so very Balmain. Love it!
    Parkas are a definite festival staple. And thick woolly knee socks are always handy for pimping out a pair of Hunters!

  3. June 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I love the Parka, perfect for an Irish Summer!!! or more specifically today when you need warmth and protection. I love the one on Kate Beckinsale.

  4. June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Love your one and the first pic is cool too. I always loved Kate Moss’s parka look with a denim mini and Westwood Pirate boots as far as I remember.

  5. June 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Yeah I need a decent parka!!!!

  6. June 15, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for offering some realistic festival advice! So many magazines/websites are recommending totally impractical things for festivals (suede stilettoes etc), its like….have you ever actually *been* to a festival before mrs?

    Even in mid-summer I think its a good idea to bring something warm to snuggle up in. Last year I was at Reading and even though the sun was shining all weekend it was still f**king FREEZING at times and I found myself wishing I’d brought something warmer than a flimsy playsuit – especially at night time.

    Parkas are so cool too – so casual and rock n’ roll, they remind me of both Jimmy in Quadrophenia and Kate Moss back in the 90s….good pick!

    Rosa xoxo

  7. June 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love parka’s…couldn’t live without mine!SarahD:)

  8. July 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’ve just been to wireless and (of course) used the opportunity to show off one of my new parkas.. Check out http://www.yogoego.com/product-details/manufacturers/140/4916/Brands/TFNC/TFNC-Vintage-Military-Style-Festival-Parka.htm. I also bought a great By Basi Parka too! x

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