Whether you are a serious mountain climber, an R‘n’B star or the average man looking for a practical yet fashionable jacket, the puffer holds endless options for all needs.
Famously sported by celebrity icons from LL Cool J to Princess Diana, these versatile items are warm enough to wear during the bitter winter months while still being stylish and flattering.
Let’s take a look at some styles and design features:
The city slicker
Puffer jackets may be associated with extreme environments but you can still rock a puffer jacket in the city. Lightweight puffers can come in very smart options – more fitted and without hoods – and in a darker, neutral colour such as black or grey. You can wear these mens designers jackets to the office or on a night out. Try a gilet for warmer days and pair with some slacks and leather shoes for the more formal look.
By wearing your puffer jacket with similarly practical clothing, you can make sure you are cosy enough to tackle the freezing cold weather of the winter months. Layering is key; for example, a heavy-duty jacket teams well with a shirt/T-shirt combo with heavy jeans or cargo pants. Hiking boots will keep your feet warm and a beanie hat will complete the look.
The puffer was as a streetwear staple in the 90s, particularly in the US – Chicago and New York in particular with their colder climates. The Nuptse jacket is a retro favourite from The North Face. Make a bold statement with a loud colour or a snazzy pattern. Pair with jersey jogging bottoms and your favourite sneakers, or even a hoodie to add another layer of warmth.
A fitted cut gives a slimmer figure while still providing a cosy layer. You can even wear these lightweight mens designers jackets under a suit jacket, giving you a little extra warmth on the winter morning commute.
Puffer jackets can make a real fashion statement. They also have the advantage of being incredibly fashionable, with designers such as Superdry and Tommy Hilfiger producing mens designers jackets.
If you need the security of a heavy-duty jacket with the guarantee that you will keep toasty whether pacing the pavements or climbing Ben Nevis, go for a winterproof puffer. Simple and practical, this will always save you getting chilly.