• neutral hues Although bright colors are all the rage this season, it’s best to stick with neutral colors for your parka. it will help you maintain a sleek—and professional—silhouette. • avoiD shiny fabrics Unless you want to look like an ’80s pop star, avoid parkas that are made using shiny fabrics. • keep an eye on length oversized parkas tend to look good on women, but somehow don’t look quite right on most men. As a rule of thumb, the bottom of a parka should reach around mid-thigh.