The humble puffer coat has come a long way since its original outdoor sports iterations. Thanks to Drake, Balenciaga’s A/W 16 collection and our constant pursuit of comfort, we’re very much in the era of the fashionable puffer coat. And 2021 has seen this item of clothing gain even more popularity. As these jackets tend to cover us completely (especially if you have one of those head-to-toe versions), they can leave you feeling like it’s pointless to wear anything exciting underneath. But that’s actually not the case. I had a look at how some of my favourite Instagrammers have been wearing theirs and found some genuinely fun and exciting outfits that will make you love wearing your duvet coat on repeat.
There’s Alexis Foreman’s yellow quilted version, which she’s paired with an all-black outfit. Then, there’s Nnenna Echem’s Saks Potts cropped jacket that looks great over a boldly coloured dress—pair with black track-sole boots for the full winter look. I’m also quite taken with Emili Sindlev’s padded Prada coat, which is a very autumn/winter 2021 take on the puffer jacket with the belt around the middle. If this sounds like something you’re after right now, keep scrolling to see seven of the best puffer-jacket looks and how to wear yours.
1. YELLOW COAT + ALL-BLACK OUTFIT
Style Notes: If you’re looking for a fun version of a puffer coat, opt for a brightly coloured style such as Alexis Foreman’s yellow one. Wear all black underneath for a really contrasting look.
Yep, it also has a hood.
A layering tool for every great outfit.
Vegan-leather pants so good you’ll think they’re the real deal.
Sunnies are an all-year-round accessory.
The perfect work/weekend/anytime bag.
Ganni’s recycled rubber boots are sticking around for winter.
2. BELTED PUFFER + SKIRT + BOOTS
Style Notes: A more unconventional look is the puffer from Prada. Re-create the look, if you already have your favourite jacket, by belting it in the middle.
This Stella McCartney faux (of course) leather coat is an all-round winner.
Add a squishy bag to your squishy coat for the full package.
Take off the puffer, and you have a going-out look ready and waiting.
New in from Mango. No doubt these won’t stick around for long.
3. OVERSIZED COAT + BLUE JEANS + BOOTS
Style Notes: The easiest of outfits, by far, is wearing a pair of blue jeans and track-sole boots underneath an oversize version.
The holy grail of quilted coats, courtesy of Totême.
They’re called the Favourite for a reason.
Meet the boots you’ll love for a lifetime.
4. LONG BELTED COAT + WHITE TEE + BLACK TROUSERS
Style Notes: Match with the autumn leaves by trying out a brown belted coat. Simply wear it with a white T-shirt and a pair of black trousers.
Nobody’s Child’s new coat collection is worth checking out.
A great white T-shirt is hard to find.
You can always count on Arket for the best tailored trews.
Stompers are the perfect companion to a puffer.
5. KNEE-LENGTH COAT + PRINTED DRESS
Style Notes: Love matching? Match your coat colour with your boots, and try a contrasting printed dress to break up the look.
Yes, yes and yes to this Reiss hooded coat.
The throw-on dress you’ll wear on repeat.
You can’t beat a white roll-neck under a printed midi.
With jeans, dresses or skirts, these will work with every look.
6. SLEEVELESS PUFFER + COAT
Style Notes: A sleeveless style is the perfect way to not feel too swamped by a puffer. Instead, layer it over your usual coat for a fast-track step to being cosy all winter.
Well done, COS.
Who knew layering two coats could look so good?
Cardigans are back with a bang.
7. CROPPED PRINTED PUFFER + BRIGHTLY COLOURED DRESS
Style Notes: Puffers don’t have to be knee-length or long. Cropped is much cooler and looks great with a brightly coloured dress.
We can always count on Fendi to deliver the logos.
Any shade of green is more than okay this year.
A Bottega cassette bag will be a cherry on the sartorial cake.
Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.