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How to wear a puffer jacket the fashion way

 

Puffer jackets popped up everywhere at fashion shows this year, both on the runways and outside the events. (L-R) A quilted Stella McCartney puffer coat at Paris Fashion Week, fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia wearing a belted down jacket at New York Fashion Week, a fur-lined satin puffer vest by Sonia Rykiel at Paris Fashion Week.

Having long sat firmly in the realms of those who opted for function (in this case warmth) over fashion, this season sees the infamous puffer jacket shift into new style stratosphere.

Fashion insiders pinpoint the moment this shift began back to Demna Gvasalia’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection for Balenciaga, where bright, overstuffed, sporty numbers were sent down the runway, insouciantly slouched off shoulders glittering with decadent couture embellishment.

Since then, any fashionista worth her salt has been snapped sashaying snugly down the chilly streets of the fashion capitals, and this season sees the puffer jacket (somewhat cautiously) enter the mainstream fashion lexicon.

Actress and model Caroline Daur wearing a Vetements puffer jacket outside the Dion Lee show during New York Fashion Week.

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Actress and model Caroline Daur wearing a Vetements puffer jacket outside the Dion Lee show during New York Fashion Week.

One Eddie Bauer is credited with having invented the very first puffer jacket of down feathers encased in quilted fabric back in 1936, after nearly succumbing to hypothermia on a winter fishing trip.

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Blogger and street style star Yoyo Cao wearing a black puffer coat outside Stella McCartney at Paris Fashion Week.

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Blogger and street style star Yoyo Cao wearing a black puffer coat outside Stella McCartney at Paris Fashion Week.

Since its very practical inception, the puffer jacket has appeared in fashion form a number of times, but never on the scale we’re seeing now. I mean, think about it – who wouldn’t want to be snug as a bug and know you’re tapping a trend at the same time?!

And if you feel in the mood for a snooze, you can simply lie down wherever you are – your jacket is your bedding too! Let’s embrace this one while it lasts!

But how to get behind this fortuitous penchant for puffers without looking like a walking sleeping bag or as if you’ve just skied straight off the slopes?

Zambesi's platinum-hued Sleeper jacket, $775, is reversible and comes with an elasticated belt. RUBY's Rooftop Puffy ...

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Zambesi’s platinum-hued Sleeper jacket, $775, is reversible and comes with an elasticated belt. RUBY’s Rooftop Puffy jacket, $369, has a detachable hood with fur-lined trim.

The key, it seems, is largely in the accessories, and the way you wear it.

The high fashion puffer is frequently belted at the waist, and/or worn shrugged off the shoulders to show that you’re not just wearing it for warmth (that would never do!) and have something fancy on underneath (not just your frazzled old merino). Note: the off-the-shoulder look may also help with temperature control if you feel yourself start to overheat in there.

Make sure you add statement shoes or boots (not least to create a bit of a diversion from the former fashion crime you’re committing), and sling a chic designer bag across it (a slim cross-body bag strap may also make you look less like the Michelin man) as final indicators that this is a fashion look, not a ‘hitting the slopes/Ponsonby Road’ look.

Puffa's collarless puffer jacket, $90 on sale, gets a cool crop and a mauve makeover exclusive to ASOS. For an ...

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Puffa’s collarless puffer jacket, $90 on sale, gets a cool crop and a mauve makeover exclusive to ASOS. For an entry-level, understated fashion puffer, try Kate Sylvester’s quilted bomber, $399.

Glassons bomber-style puffer jacket, $90, has a luxe-looking satin finish, or embrace three trends in one with New ...

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Glassons bomber-style puffer jacket, $90, has a luxe-looking satin finish, or embrace three trends in one with New Look’s padded velvet puffer jacket in current sartorial favourite hue, royal blue, $108, from ASOS.

Gorman’s Fable puffer jacket, AUD$299, isn’t shy about what it is, while Ezibuy’s Isobar puffer coat, $170, comes in one of the season’s key shades of blue.

 

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