How to keep cosy and carry on: Banish thoughts of the Michelin Man, this season’s puffers are reassuringly feminine
- Hanna Woodside shares her advice for embracing this season’s puffer coat trend
- She says a serious cold-weather power puffer can be worn without itchy layers
- Fashion expert reveals a selection of stylish cold-weather coats available in UK
Whether you’re queuing for the supermarket or braving an icy walk to stave off cabin fever, a serious cold-weather coat is a winter lockdown essential.
If you got caught shivering in the snow recently, you’ll know a paltry peacoat or flimsy raincoat just doesn’t cut it. With more sleet, snow and freezing temperatures in store, now’s the time to up your outerwear game and invest in a ‘power puffer’. Banish thoughts of the Michelin Man — these puffers are as stylish as they are toasty.
They’re smarter and more fashionable than something you’d get at a camping shop, but still have all the weather-proofing benefits of a ‘proper’ coat. The lightweight down will keep you warm without making you sweat, too. So, instead of bundling yourself up in itchy layers, just chuck your power puffer over your jumper and joggers and pull on some stompy boots, and you’re ready to face the elements.
Hanna Woodside shared her advice for embracing this season’s puffer coat trend. Pictured: Jacket, £195, top, £175, joggers, £52 and boots, £156, michael kors. co.uk
Coat, £349, roll neck, £99, jeans, £99 and belt, £149, holland cooper.com
Pictured left: Reversible jacket, £250, jumper, £70, leggings, £75 and Sorel boots, £120, sweaty betty.com. Pictured right: Belted down jacket, £149, sweater, £59.95, trousers, £59.95 and boots, £139, massimo dutti.com
How to choose a puffer that packs a punch? Wide bands of quilting, instead of a criss-cross pattern, generally look more chic and less ‘equestrian’.
And while black and navy might be your go-to for outerwear, consider switching it up with a hit of colour. Who wouldn’t feel more cheery in the glossy dandelion puffer from Michael Kors (far left)? The sporty, statement style hits mid-thigh (if you’re permanently in leggings, a longer line covers that tricky crotch area). And if you forget your gloves you can shove your hands in the zip-up pockets.
If fig red is more your colour, opt for Sweaty Betty’s reversible puffer (third from left), which is matte on one side and has a high-shine finish on the other.
Either way you wear it, it’s water-resistant and wind-proof, and extremely cosy, thanks to the responsibly sourced duck down and feather insulation inside. You’ll get loads of mileage from it, even when the weather thaws. Roll on spring.
Water-repellent jacket, £120, roll neck, £45, jeans, £52 and boots, £135, selected.com
Quilted coat, £69.99, leggings, £14.99 and boots, £55.99, stradivarius. com
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