Puffer Jackets (For Every Budget) That You Need This Season

By Rachel Tooley | February 5, 2020

Puffer jackets are an ideal piece for your wardrobe during the colder months of the year. Top designer labels such as Balenciaga and Gucci have even jumped on the puffer hype with their own versions of Michelin man style padded jackets. Puffer jackets are easy to wear, the versatile coat is perfect to just throw on over any top and trouser combination.

The first puffer jacket was created in 1936 by Eddie Bauer, after his near-death experience when he nearly froze to death on a fishing trip whilst wearing a sportsman’s wool jacket – a design which was the most popular in terms of outerwear at the time. The wool jacket filled with water and turned to ice as temperatures dropped, afterwards, Bauer set to create a warm and safe alternative. Ever wondered why quilting is a feature detail on puffer jackets? Bauer made the discovery of quilting down inside a jacket to prevent it from falling to the bottom between the layers of fabric. He patented his creation three years after his initial idea, in 1939. 

Puffers became fashionable during a similar time when Charles James designed America’s first ‘puffer jacket’ and became a hit with winter sportsmen and women. In 1952, Moncler was founded in France following the trend, which has developed into not only a sportswear favourite, but a fashion statement too. 

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite puffer jackets of the season from our trusted retailers. Each jacket has been selected with a certain price range in mind, to suit every budget.

Stone Island Down Jacket – £625, Cruise Fashion

This Stone Island Micro Bubble Down Jacket in Olive is a great, versatile alternative for the winter and spring seasons. The lightweight design is constructed with an exposed zip down the centre and a drawstring hood for adjustability and comfort. The elasticated trims create a more precise and personal fit, whilst being flexible yet snug. 2 zipped hand pockets feature at each side of the down jacket, and a hidden pocket on the chest to keep your belongings close. This Stone Island Down Jacket is crafted with white duck down and feather, reflecting Stone Island’s passion to create the finest quality garments in their classic military inspired aesthetic. The jacket is also finished with the iconic Stone Island badge on the left sleeve, also available in black at Cruise Fashion. 

Rains UK Puffer Jacket – £299, Stuarts London 

You can’t go wrong with a black puffer jacket. This puffer jacket from Rains UK is a great piece to add to your wardrobe that you could style with anything. Are puffer jackets waterproof? Well, this one is, being constructed with breathable and waterproof fabric so you can brave any type of weather. This jacket is guaranteed to keep you the warmest you can be, insulated with Puffer Jacket 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation to suit the most extreme of conditions. The drawstring padded hood keeps a cosy fit and elastic cuffs keep the jacket fitted and comfortable. Finished with welt pockets and stainless steel trims, available at Stuarts London.

Tommy Jeans Puffer Jacket – £149, Stand Out 

Opt for a pop of colour with this classic Tommy Jeans Essential Down Puffer, in Red, White and Navy. The zip closure and high neck silhouette give extra protection whilst buttoned pockets and elasticated hems add a functional edge. The jacket is padded with natural down and feather, featuring a Tommy badge detail on the left sleeve. This is a versatile jacket which can be dressed to suit any style or occasion, at a really affordable price. Available now at our trusted retailer, Stand Out.

If you’re looking for more affordable winter jacket options, check out our article on Budget Alternatives At Alessandro Zavetti – giving you the look of luxury at a fraction of the cost.

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