The Puffer jacket is everywhere! Just read this to wear it stylishly.
Re-created in oversized silhouettes and muted colours, the puffer jacket featured in recent collections from Balenciaga, Raf Simons and Balmain, is headed your way.
Few jackets are as warm as a puffer coat. Thankfully, this winter mainstay has found the almost perfect balance between style and sensibility, as designers reinterpreted the look with cropped fits, belted styles, and oversized collars and supersized hoodie details.
Here are a few pointers on how to wear the puffer trend without resembling the Oros man. Unless the oversized look is what you are wanting!
Puffer Coat Rule #1: Nail Your Proportions
Rule of thumb: Stick to quilted puffers over insulated ski jackets. The quilting tones down the fullness of the coat. Quilted ones have a more tailored silhouette that still shows your waist—and won’t turn you into a top-heavy marshmallow.
Guys, if you plan to wear a suit under your puffer, opt for a coat that has either a removable hood or no hood (its sportiness will clash with your lapels and tie). Stay streamlined with a funnel collar instead
Visit these fine Canal walk stores to shop the best puffers ever: Old Khaki, Cape Union Mart, Poetry, Markham, Edgars, Woolworths, TopMan, Topshop, River Island, Diesel, Foschini, The Fix, RVCA and The Lot.
Puffer Coat Rule #2: Layer It Like a Pro
With puffer jackets, two coats can be better than one.
The nylon shell will keep you warm, while a more structured coat on top will highlight your body. Choose dark tones that complement each other and add to a slimmer looking silhouette.
Maximize the puffer’s style potential by wearing it during the week over a suit. We’ve done it with some of menswear’s more strictly casual pieces like trainers and backpacks so why not puffers too?
Just keep the colour on the neutral end of the spectrum (blues, greys or black), the branding minimal and resist the urge to accessories with pair of Timberlands.
Puffer Coat Rule #3: Roll Out The Roll Neck
It’s no secret that the puffer has a bulky, often unflattering silhouette, so you’ll need to combat some of that cumbersome shape. The solution? Enlist the help of another of AW17s biggest trends: the roll neck jumper.
Use the height and texture of the knitted neck to break up the levels of your outfit, and team with slim jeans and boots or backless loafers to round off the look.
Ps. The roll neck jumper is a great look for the boys too
Visit these fine Canal walk stores to shop the best roll necks: Markham, Edgars, Woolworths, YDE, TopMan, Topshop, River Island, PicknPay Clothing Store.
Puffer Coat Rule #4: Keep The Balance In Check
Technical brands are great, but you don’t want to look like you’re about to hike the Drakensberg, when you’re actually just on your way to the office. Steer clear of acid neon colours – these “find-me-I’m-lost-in-the-mountain” colours are not ideal – opt for black, khaki or brown in order to wear them with everything.
Opting for a cropped bomber jacket – as opposed to a coat-length style – drives up your cost-per-wear, giving you a piece that can be put to work with longer length tees, shirts hoodies and oversized sweatshirts, and shows off your body shape as opposed to covering it.
Take your bomber jacket style lead from these on-trend looks we found on Fashionbombdaily. We love!
For a rocker chic vibe, pair your puffer with a distressed band slogan tee and black high-waist skinny jeans.
Soften up a sweatshirt and navy leather biker pants with a pale pink satin puffer jacket.
Team a metallic puffer with a cropped hoodie and a pair of black leather biker pants and high top sneakers. On point!
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