Time can do interesting things to fashion. We all know the worth of clinging to old items or running through our parent’s closets and vintage shops for pieces that have gone back in style; if we wait long enough, trends often do come again, fresher than ever with very little regard of the possibility of future generations having their what-were-they-thinking moment. But time can also bode well for straight-up functional garments. When the aspect of utility has already been considered, you can count on the many talents of fashion design to elevate the style. Case in point: We saw how the passing of decades did wonders for the puffer jacket.
Back in the nineties and the noughties, there was nothing especially unique about the puffy outerwears. They were seen as a necessity, especially during winters and outdoor activities involving snow, but shopping for them did not particularly stir excitement among consumers in general. But now, designers and fashionistas have found a way to include the warm garments into streetwear, and were arguably popularized even more by celebrities and models wearing them. This coming winter, here are some of our top picks for puffer jackets should you dare to take your covered-up-but-still-fashionable self out:
Moncler Puffer Jackets
When people hear of Moncler, they think of puffy outerwear. The same goes when it’s the other way around, and it has been the case for the longest time now. That’s because of the quality of its materials and unparalleled craftsmanship, which some would use to justify its price tag. They don’t come cheap, sure, but the time they remain on your wardrobe ready to go is also significantly longer than jackets you can purchase for half the amount. What’s more, you get the benefit of a designer label—there’s more opportunities to showcase your personality compared to your usual options.
Brumal Puffer Jackets
There is no shortage in technical puffer jackets, that’s for sure. But a cover that can make you feel enough warmth while also projecting a cool, fresh vibe? Well, they do not come so often. When Chris Leba created Brumal together with his brother Frank, he wanted to fulfill the vision of puffer jackets you’d willingly take outside without thinking it would dampen your style. Brumal accomplishes that, which makes it a name worth remembering.
Moncler Genius Puffer Jackets
This is not an error—you’re seeing Moncler on this list again. This time, though, we’re adding Genius to the equation, and it’s just what you’d expect. Moncler has partnered with eight exceptional designers, perhaps even genius in their fields (a list that includes Craig Green, Simone Rocha and Pierpaolo Piccioli) to put a fresh twist to its familiar puffer jackets. The stylish jackets in bold colors and patterns were released in batches, but their appeal is not the only good thing about them. True to the title, the selection is also all about form and maximum warmth.
Prada Puffer Jackets
Puffer jackets aren’t the first things that come to mind with heritage brand Prada, but they might as well be if the coats below are basis. Instead of feeling bulky, the Prada creations feel rather smart, insulated more than sufficiently to keep you toasty in the cold weather. With its long history of knowing how to dress women and make them stand out, Prada can be entrusted with producing the type of jackets you’d want an outerwear to look and feel like.
Must-have Designer Puffer Jackets
There’s no doubt that puffer jackets remain sensible options to wear in the winter, but by saying that we don’t mean to imply that they are boring, at least not anymore. Today, we find that they are bolder, brighter and even bigger, with designers besides the ones stated above trying to put forth their vision for the outerwear and hoping that it will resonate with the streetwear-loving crowd. The jackets may be puffy but they are not necessarily bulky and ill-fitting; whether you’re just making your way through the streets, sipping a hot drink by a view, or skiing to your heart’s content, you can flaunt your personal style through colors, the occasional metallic threads, and unusual silhouettes of puffer jackets.