Yes, it’s true. The sleeper hit of winter outerwear this season is the womens puffer jacket. Why? Blame it on the pack of puffers that paraded down the fall 2016 runways, which ranged from Chanel’s pale pink quilted number to Demna Gvasalia’s very buzzy design for Balenciaga—singled out as the It puffer for its unmistakable bold red hue, unmistakably dragged down off the shoulder. Perhaps another reason: Because it’s basically a sleeping bag that you can commute in. Winter is coming, we want to be warm, so why fight it?
Besides, here’s a moment when fashion trends are in our favor—like how the style and comfort stars align with our athleisure favorites like joggers and sneakers—so it’s time to capitalize. To that end, we winnowed down all the choices to our five favorite puffers, below, which includes that famous Balenciaga style.
The famous red Balenciaga puffer—zip it all the way up when it’s blizzarding; drag it down off the shoulder when, well, because you can.
Be the slickest puffer-wearing person anywhere with this lacquered design.
A muted silver, an asymmetric zipper, and a slim-fit silhouette are all enough reasons to persuade the anti-puffers of the world.
Offset the boxy fit with a fluted skirt and thigh-high boots.
5. CANADA GOOSE
OK, we get it. Puffers aren’t for everyone, but you can use a lightweight shell as a layer underneath your coat.