The Best Parkas Most Loved By Chic, Sub-Zero Folks

Are you feeling the nip in the air? The tingle in the breeze? The goosebumps on your skin? It might mean winter weather is preparing for a snowstorm or cold snap. It's better to be safe than sorry and invest in durable outerwear, such as sturdy parkas that'll keep you warm from the first fully-fledged snowfall to the still-frigid days in March (sorry).
Luckily, this year's offerings of women's parkas, down jackets, and winter puffers are impossibly stylish considering they're designed to stand up to sub-zero temps. If you're looking for a crash course in parka jargon, here are the main details to know: "Down" refers to small, wispy feathers that are generally used in puffers, which have traditionally been sourced in cruel and inhumane ways (which is why looking for "responsibly-sourced" feathers or "down alternative" is crucial). "Fill" is a number that measures the overall fluffiness, or amount of a down product. It means that the higher the number, the down takes up more space and can trap more air which means it'll be warmer and cushier while still staying lightweight. Anything with 550 fill power and above will keep you snug in sub-zero temperatures.
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While many of these coats are inevitably stuffed with fluff-tastic down fill, you can be rest assured that none of these will make you look like a total marshmallow (although, we do encourage cloud-like softness whenever possible). Ahead, we present 12 super-warm outerwear options ranging from the legacy styles of The North Face parkas to the chic silhouettes from fan-fave fashion retailers like Aritzia and plushy must-haves from Jenni Kayne and Madewell. Go on and file these under "absolute best women's parkas ever" because they also happen to be some of the highest-rated, most aesthetically pleasing styles that cold-weather people actually swear by. Now that’s chilling — in a good way!
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The Utilitarian Styled Parka
The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 43 reviews on Nordstromrack.com
Best For: Those unexpected cold days
This can't-go-wrong twill parka has a faux fur trimmed hood that brings warmth and a laid-back utilitarian look with four front pockets — two of which have zip closures with a snap button placket. It's perfect for those cold days when you didn't have time to check the weather app and you need a lightweight piece to carry around.
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"I just love this coat. I already own one and wanted another in a different color," writes a reviewer. "The adjusted waist helps and I can also wear a sweater or hoodie below if I want. The inside is very soft and the coat is well made."
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The Silky-Smooth Luxury Parka
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 193 reviews on Jennikayne.com
Best For: California "winters"
Elevated basics company Jenni Kayne may be based in Los Angeles, but the brand still sure knows how to make a warm parka for chilly nights. Fans adore this puffer's luxe feel and the neutral color options.
"This jacket is amazing. It's so incredibly lush and puffy while being the perfect proportions and length," raves a reviewer. "A perfect match of comfort and warmth with style. I also love this color and was surprised it suited me so well because I usually wear a lot of black."
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The Fashion-Forward Parka
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 9 reviews on Bloomingdales.com.
Best For: Splurging on a trendy but timeless parka
As one of the brand's semi-fitted parkas, this outerwear is designed to keep you supremely toasty in temps as low as -4°F by fitting more snugly so you'll feel extra toasty. A funneled, high neck with a cowl hood also creates a super chic silhouette.
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"I love this coat. I was looking for something that could provide warmth on the coldest days while enabling movement and comfort. Moreover, I didn't want to look like a snowman in it, and this coat gives me a shape despite all of the layers," a reviewer shares. "It was expensive, and that did give me pause. However, I rationalized the cost for what I hope will be a long-term staple in my outerwear."
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The Chicly Oversized Maxi Puffer
The Hype: 4.79 out of 5 stars; 277 reviews on Naploungewear.com
Best For: A street style moment
Are statement pieces an everyday item in your wardrobe? Nap Loungewear is the golden choice, whether you're looking to add to your collection or want outerwear that has a bit more shine and hue than your go-to black parka.
"I really love this coat. It's beautifully made and has a slimming silhouette," writes a reviewer. "Also, you can take the hood on or off, which I tend to take off for everyday wear. The outerwear looks like a really expensive coat, but it was very reasonably priced."
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The Sleek Parka
The Hype: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 208 reviews on Arcteryx.com
Best For: Daily use in a cold climate

Coming in at a close 4 stars, Arc'teryx's Patera Parka is beloved by over 200 reviews who declare it a game changer. If you're looking for a clean and crisp parka that is specifically designed to keep you warm and keep you dry during snow and sleet, wind and rain, and overall bitter cold, this fitted jacket from Arc'teryx is it.
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"I know it's a little pricey, but the Patera is one of those no regrets purchases. It's stylish, lightweight, and warm in the coldest weather," writes a reviewer. "I live in northern New England and this parka has been a game-changer and makes being outside enjoyable. If you tend to get cold easily, this is the perfect parka for you."
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The Ultra Warm "Fashion" Parka
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 293 reviews on Aritzia.com
Best For: All the details and hidden features
Are you browsing for a cozy women's parka with fur hood and practical details? Aritzia's long-standing customer-fave Summit parka is the best choice. The parka comes with all sorts of quirks, making it a must-have item in your outerwear collection. First, it has a luxe appearance thanks to a detachable fur hood and the brand's high-quality faux fur lining. Then there are practical touches like an interior smart storage pocket and magnetic snaps for easy closure. The slim-fit jacket is available in an assortment of colors and is also filled with 100% responsibly sourced, 700+ fill-power goose down.
"The fit is perfect! It’s cozy [and] soft and already convinced a few people to make this coat their winter coat! My favorite surprise feature is the hidden breast pocket under the zipper flap, so when you zip up your coat you still have access to your phone," exclaims a reviewer.
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The Low-Frills Hooded Parka
The Hype: 4.1 out of 5 stars; 598 reviews on Nordstrom.com
Best For: Sub-zero temperatures
This parka boasts 550-fill-power-down insulation, making it great for super cold conditions. The stand collar also protects you from sneaky breezes and keeps you warm and snug.
"I am loving this jacket in the Illinois winter! It's so warm, the color is exactly true to the photo on the site. I love how the sleeves and torso fit - nicely fitted with some room for a sweater underneath," writes a reviewer. "The tall neck is so perfect to ward off the wind, as is the longer length."
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The Trend-Forward Parka
The Hype: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 15 reviews on Madewell.com
Best For: A trendy look
Madewell has created the perfect blend of your go-to quilted jacket and puffer. Now you can be wrapped in a pillowy blanket of warmth, all while looking stylish in the diamond design you love. The parka also has some stylish features like dolman sleeves, patch pockets, and a secret pocket for your phone.

"This quilted puffer coat is all that and a bag of chips. I love the style! It's meant to be oversized. I am always a size small in Madewell clothing and that is what I purchased in this jacket. I'm 5'6, 140 lbs. There's plenty of room for sweaters underneath and it's long enough to cover your bottom, which I like when I'm wearing leggings," shares a reviewer. "I also like that length for coats in general. The color (toasted sesame) is really pretty and is such a pure neutral. It can go with browns, blacks, navy, grays, etc. It's super cute and trendy, yet classic and simple."
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The Flight Jacket-Inspired Parka
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 33 reviews on Alphaindustries.com
Best For: Utilitarian features, extreme cold weather
Top Gun: Maverick fans gather around and get ready to embody the pilots in the film with this flight jacket-inspired parka. It's all in the details — there's a partial faux fur lining on the inside and hood, a pass-through front flap, drawstrings at the hood, knit rib cuffs and waistband, and Alpha Industries' signature "Remove Before Flight" red tag on the sleeve.
"If you are looking for something to keep you warm but also to impress your friends and family, I'd highly suggest that you pick up this stylish piece," writes a reviewer.
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The Snow Athlete's Down Jacket
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 194 reviews on Rei.com
Best For: Snowsports like skiing and snowboarding
Perfect for getting active in, this sporty jacket from Columbia is made with responsibly sourced 550-fill-power down, an outer shell with thermal reflective technology that is breathable and waterproof, and underarm venting that lets you air out your pits.
"Warm! I used it in Finland in February (below zero) when we went snowmobiling, dogsledding, ice karting, walking around in daytime and nights, hiked in it — and only needed one layer underneath," shares a reviewer. The only one note they would suggest is to pay attention to the recommendations about the size.
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The Booty-Covering Snowboard Jacket
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 168 reviews on burton.com
Best For: Outdoor sporting, but with more coverage
Sometimes you just need an action-ready parka that extends past your hips and butt. You're in luck, as this insulated bestseller from Burton is a great choice. It's made with recycled insulation, a breathable and waterproof outer fabric, and plenty of nifty features like a removable waist gaiter.
"If you like a longer jacket, this is for you. It's perfect for not getting snow in anywhere," writes a reviewer. "The hooded part when you zip it up even has extra so it's not super tight in the neck part. Perfect for U.P. winters. All in all, I 100% recommend for everyday use."
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The Best Parka For Everyday Wear
The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 3,843 reviews on LLbean.com
Best For: Light to moderate activities
Don't be fooled by the non-bulky silhouette — this parka can still handle extreme wetness and wind, although, this is probably best suited for everyday errands rather than weekend hiking trips. When the coat needs cleaning, you can simply toss it in the washer and drier.

"I loved this parka so much that I bought a second one for our second house in northwest Indiana. The parka is comfortable for me from about 10°F to 50°F, and when it's warmer I merely unzip the coat and it works just fine," explains a reviewer. "As far as the zippers go, there was a bit of a learning curve. You have to match everything up carefully. My experience has been that any garment that unzips from the bottom is trickier to operate. Nevertheless, I find it very convenient, especially in the longer garments."
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