Changing seasons have for a long time been the perfect opportunity to refresh with a whole new look. But many of us take that to mean we need multiple jackets for different situations, whether it's switching from a working day to an evening gathering or a weekend away in landscapes more challenging than your cityscape.
Racking up a wardrobe of high quality winter-proof coats and jackets which meet all those challenges is likely to set you back, though. And even then there is no guarantee that all bases are covered.
What every man really needs is a simple and elegant design on a heavy duty jacket that does the business in the great outdoors on the weekend as it does when you're traversing the foot traffic on the way to the office. And few styles are able to cross that many boundaries yet remain stylistically on point as the trusty parka.
It's been doing so for decades as an iconic piece that has been a trend leader for generations. Its DNA lies in battling brutally harsh, sub-zero conditions in Inuit communities, but its adoption as a statement fashion piece pays homage to its timeless qualities and dedication to simple yet unfaltering effectiveness, in all conditions.
It's as at home as a striking overcoat with a sharp suit and monk straps as it is teamed with slick trainers and tailored joggers to elevate your look to outright luxe leisure. And take it from city to countryside with some hiking boots, thick wool socks and a merino sweater and you'll start to see why the parka has long been at home in a domain that fostered its very reason for being.
But where the parka really stands head and shoulders above other winter jackets though is in its technical properties. And at the top of that game is Woolrich, with their signature Arctic Parka that has been in the parka domain for more than 40 years. Its smart fabrics fend off the extremities in a way few other outer garments can, while maintaining a cutting-edge style status, and that's something few other jackets can boast atop a mountain range.
The Arctic Parka has the ability to maintain body heat against temperatures of -40°C thanks to features such as real down padding, cold-proof cloth-lined hand pockets, air-resistant sleeve cuffs and stuffed zipper hems that ensure the jacket is always reliable. Incorporating a high collar and redesigned double-closure hood which maintains its freeze-proof properties, style continues to marry with the parka's most fundamental founding principles - those of comfort, durability, warmth and resistance.
The result is a flexible urban look, adaptable to situation as it is to personal taste, with a range of colours that includes commanding picks of either black or white, or the more tonal options of charcoal, moss green and navy.
The Woolrich Arctic Parka's standing as a trusted and recognised symbol of functionality and style, shouldn't come as a surprise. The brand pulls on more than 185 years of unrivalled expertise and advancements in winter wear, having been around in the early days of America as we know it (seriously, around 60 years after Independence) and even supplying the lifesaving jackets for the men working on the Alaskan pipelines in the 70s.
So while that means the design and function of the Arctic Parka shouldn't be a shock, it does make it an unrivalled choice as the perfect winter jacket for the individual who wants everything from one piece.