By Alexandra DeRosa
Oct 05, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

With variable forecasts on the way, a parka is a perfect topper for that in-between season (kind of like the weather we're experiencing right here in New York). For an even more transitional piece, look for a style with a detachable fur hood—you'll get more mileage out of it as it has more of a winter-y vibe.

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The best part about this season's offerings is that they come in an array of styles from rugged and outdoorsy to ladylike and polished. Read on to learn how to wear this utilitarian must-have.

How To Wear It:Don't hesitate to throw a souped-up parka over evening wear. Keep it in the same color family as your outfit so it feels intentional, not like your coat is at the cleaner. And if you're wearing a dress, make it a mini. Just because you have a furry hood doesn't mean you have to pull it up. Try a contrasting knit hat to play up the sporty vibe.

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