A cosy puffer jacket is a winter essential — here are the most stylish versions to buy now

When winter rolls around and the chill sets in, it’s tempting to prioritise staying warm above all other considerations — including aesthetics and generally how ‘cool’ your outfit is. Luckily, there’s one piece of kit that never fails to keep us toasty while also imparting a hefty dose of style cred to an ensemble: the puffer jacket.

While the puffer jacket’s origins are thoroughly practical, its padded shape has provided brands with remarkably varied fodder for reinvention — from Balenciaga’s oversized iterations to Moncler’s sophisticated silhouettes. Puffers now come in shiny patent fabric, eye-catching prints, saturated shades and with creatively placed stitching, and are worn atop anything from a floaty dress to utilitarian trousers and boots.

The fundamental construction of puffer jackets has also been ripe for technological advancements of late, with some brands creating innovative, new generation padding that offers a creative solution for staying cosy. The Allbirds Trino Puffer is a particularly impressive example, eschewing the traditional use of feather or synthetic down and instead filling its water-resistant, merino/Tencel blend exterior with a lining of Tencel and recycled polyester.

Another local brand, Maggie Marilyn, has crafted its Beyond Puffer from recycled material and reclaimed down, and Prada’s clever goose down jacket is made of Re-Nylon, a regenerated fabric produced from recycled plastic collected in the ocean.

Whatever your tastes, whether you prefer a neutral shade for any time and occasion or a statement-making piece, there’s a cleverly constructed puffer jacket out there that, once you have it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without.

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Balenciaga C-Shape Puffer

Balenciaga C-Shape Puffer

Balenciaga C-Shape Puffer

Balenciaga C-Shape Puffer

Available from Farfetch

Moncler Bady Jacket

Moncler Bady Jacket

Moncler Bady Jacket

Moncler Bady Jacket

Available from Mytheresa

Viktoria & Woods Louisiana Puffer

Viktoria & Woods Louisiana Puffer

Viktoria & Woods Louisiana Puffer

Viktoria & Woods Louisiana Puffer

Available from Viktoria & Woods

Bottega Veneta Frosted Jacket

Bottega Veneta Frosted Jacket

Bottega Veneta Frosted Jacket

Bottega Veneta Frosted Jacket

Available from Matches Fashion

Khrisjoy Kris Puffer Jacket

Khrisjoy Kris Puffer Jacket

Khrisjoy Kris Puffer Jacket

Khrisjoy Kris Puffer Jacket

Available from Seletti Concept Store

Prada Hooded Quilted Re-Nylon Jacket

Prada Hooded Quilted Re-Nylon Jacket

Prada Hooded Quilted Re-Nylon Jacket

Prada Hooded Quilted Re-Nylon Jacket

Available from Matches Fashion

Allbirds Trino® Puffer

Allbirds Trino® Puffer

Allbirds Trino® Puffer

Allbirds Trino® Puffer

Available from Allbirds

Canada Goose Cypress Jacket

Canada Goose Cypress Jacket

Canada Goose Cypress Jacket

Canada Goose Cypress Jacket

Available from Net-a-porter

WARDROBE.NYC Puffer Jacket

WARDROBE.NYC Puffer Jacket

WARDROBE.NYC Puffer Jacket

WARDROBE.NYC Puffer Jacket

Available from WARDROBE.NYC

Louis Vuitton Puffer Jacket

Louis Vuitton Puffer Jacket

Louis Vuitton Puffer Jacket

Louis Vuitton Puffer Jacket

Available from Louis Vuitton

Prada Re-Nylon Garbadine Puffer

Prada Re-Nylon Garbadine Puffer

Prada Re-Nylon Garbadine Puffer

Prada Re-Nylon Garbadine Puffer

Available from Prada

Rick Owens Cropped Jacket

Rick Owens Cropped Jacket

Rick Owens Cropped Jacket

Rick Owens Cropped Jacket

Available from Net-a-porter 

Nanushka Puffer Jacket

Nanushka Puffer Jacket

Nanushka Puffer Jacket

Nanushka Puffer Jacket

Available from Muse

Maggie Marilyn Beyond Puffer™

Maggie Marilyn Beyond Puffer™

Maggie Marilyn Beyond Puffer™

Maggie Marilyn Beyond Puffer™

Available from Maggie Marilyn

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