Cosy Up In Winter's Warmest Puffers

Puffer jackets have reigned supreme for some time now, and this winter you'll want to wrap up yet again in the cosiest and comfiest outerwear of all.

The jacket, popular back in the '80s and '90s before becoming synonymous with ski dads and tourists, was revived on the catwalks of AW16 by Demna Gvasalia for his debut at Balenciaga. Parading an off-the-shoulder siren-red number over a grey roll-neck, a thousand street stylers followed suit, pointedly shrugging off their padded jackets. Gvasalia's love for the puffer didn't end with the warmer weather, though; for SS17, sleeveless gilet puffers with extended collars were presented in black and sunshine yellow, before AW17's muted Queen Elizabeth-inspired offering, paired with a tweed knee-length skirt and matching headscarf.

Balenciaga wasn't the only fashion house to bring the puffer in from the cold during AW16. Stella McCartney gave us luxurious velvet finishes and quilted jackets, while Phillip Lim turned out city-suitable cropped pieces. Pucci delivered epic mountain scenes on longer coats, and Acne Studios dished up '90s nostalgia via low-slung trousers and cropped red puffers.

Fast-forward to this season and what's changed? The puffer is now more considered, with off-kilter shapes, vibrant prints and tactile fabrics providing a refresh. Fenty x Puma combined the outerwear of the season with the print du jour – check – in an ankle-skimming, almost-a-duvet number. Philipp Plein and Kenzo's take on the puffer came in oil-slick high shine, and Eudon Choi created a masterful hybrid of the classic parka and puffer.

If you associate the jacket with athleisure or streetwear, think again. This season's puffers look as brilliant over Ganni's floral midi dresses as they do with kick flare denim and a trusty knit. And did we mention you won't find a cosier coat? Click through to see our pick of the puffers to see you through 2017's coldest months.

Go for a pop of oversized, asymmetric colour to warm up the gloomiest of days.

Zara Asymmetric Quilted Jacket, £29.99, available at Zara
Pair with a black roll-neck knit and your favourite denim.

Marques' Almeida Asymmetric Down Jacket, £835, available at Matches Fashion
This is the minimalist way to do a puffer.

H&M Padded Jacket With A Hood in Camel, £39.99, available at H&M
We love this Acne showstopper.

Acne Cordella Quilted Down Coat, £600, available at Matches Fashion
Brave Bonfire Night with this knee-length wonder.

Monki Oversized Puffer Coat in Reclaimed Rust, £40, available at Monki
Arket's rendition of the puffer gets grown-up.

Arket Down Padded Nylon Coat, £157, available at Arket
The piece that started it all.

Balenciaga Oversized Quilted Shell Down Jacket, £2,050, available at Net-A-Porter
Ditch the navy and go for electric blue.

Mango Quilted Feather Coat, £59.99, available at Mango
Another way to tackle vinyl.

MSGM Hooded Quilted PVC Jacket, £300, available at Net-A-Porter
This geometric piece from Whistles is a delight.

Whistles Ash Printed Longline Multicolour Puffer, £99, available at Whistles
Button-up halfway and pair with all black.

Rag & Bone Leonard Lace-Up Hooded Quilted Shell Down Jacket, £825, available at Net-A-Porter
This midnight-blue quilted jacket is rich in colour and texture.

Stella McCartney Hooded Quilted Velvet Jacket, £1,068, available at Net-A-Porter
Keep it candy-hued with & Other Stories' pastel number.

& Other Stories Hooded Puffer Jacket, £83, available at & Other Stories
For an après-ski vibe, look to this luxe Olivia von Halle silk-satin puffer.

Olivia von Halle Stella Hooded Quilted Silk-Satin Jacket, £895, available at Net-A-Porter
Red isn't going anywhere this season.

Warehouse Padded Bubble Coat, £45, available at Warehouse
Keep out the winter chill in this luxe piece from Lu Mei, filled with ethically sourced goose down feathers and a fitted high neck.

Lu Mei Adlington Coat Brass, £600, available at Lu Mei
Forgo your chunky scarf with this oversized detachable collar.

Weekday Beat Puffer Coat, £135, available at Weekday

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