A Case For Not Buying Another Boring Black Parka This Winter

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 01:  Trine Kjaer outside Minimarket during the Fashion Week Stockholm Autumn/Winter 2016 on February 1, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

If you live anywhere in the world where the temperature has dipped below freezing in the past month, chances are you’re swimming in a sea of black parkas right now. Here in New York, the streets are flooded with them—shoulders adorned with Canada Goose patches, hunched torsos encased in puffy, Arctic-proof down, and rosy cheeks haloed in coyote fur trim. It’s turned one of my favorite commuter pastimes—people watching—into a very dull experience. And, to be honest: I’m over it. It’s not that I’m judging anyone in a down parka—believe me, I’ve lived through two decades of Canadian winters and …

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