The Puffer Jacket
OK, OK, OK – before you start getting in a strop about us covering an item that is internationally recognised to be unchic, you have to realise that it is the designers you have to blame. Rejected by most as the outerwear of yummy mummies and hiking enthusiasts, the puffer jacket was avoided at all costs by those who loved to show off their shape.
Maybe that was the reason that so many brands decided to feature this little loved trend. They felt that it needed some time in the spotlight. Aside from J W Anderson’s hilarious and frankly brilliant puffer pants and skirts for men (seriously, check them out, they’re inspirational and look pretty warm too), lots of other womenswear designers tapped into it, including Peter Pilotto, Alexander Wang and, of course, Moncler.
Our favourite came in the form of Burberry’s cropped creation. Rather than using the tell-tale quilted padding, Burberry just made it look almost like an aeronautic bomber jacket, complete with lots of buttons and big lapels.
To wear the look, take advantage of the cropped style by pairing it with something high-waisted, and contrast the neutral colour with a winter-friendly print. Balenciaga’s skirt keeps that earthy moss colour, but with injections of bright purple and red, that can be highlighted with a pair of fun Delfina Delettrez earrings. More elements of the khaki can be found in some supportive and sophisticated Alaia boots, and a small 3.1. Phillip Lim clutch to be worn over your wrist. See, you can look curvaceous, chic and cosy all in one easy look. It just shows, you can carry off almost anything, as long as the shape and cut is carefully thought out. Genius.
1. Balenciaga, Printed Skirt; £419, motilo.com
2. Burberry Prorsum, Double Breasted Padded Jacket; £1604, motilo.com
3. Delfina Delettrez, Earrings; £867, motilo.com
4. Alaia, Boots; £754, motilo.com
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vendetta Clutch; £341, motilo.com