If you’re anything like us here at Monde, you’ve been holding on to your favourite puffer jacket for winters, and intend to wear it for many winters to come. These essential cold-weather pieces are the perfect items to invest in, as they’re going to be with you for some time.
For the most sophisticated in puffer jackets, you’ll be pleased to know many of our favourite high-end luxury labels often put their stamp on the puffer jacket each season (Gucci included).
The most luxurious lining found inside the seams of a puffer jacket is, without a doubt, feather down. Down is the collection of under feathers from birds (usually ducks) and is much fluffier than the harder exterior feathers. Whilst super warm and insulating, we understand that the use of animal feathers/products isn’t for everyone, so vegan alternatives like the use of polyester filling can be found in Less and Low options below.
For a luxe option reliant on sophisticated technology that doesn’t require any animal products, the team at Tommy Hilfiger have incorporated performance material, Gore-Tex, into their Heatseal Gore-Tex Puffer Jacket in black. Gore-Tex is a high-level fabrication that repels liquids and winds. It is the ultimate in adventure apparel fabric and will be an invaluable camping and exploring piece!
If you intend to wear your puffer jacket whilst exploring the wintery wilderness, performance iterations are aplenty within our ‘Less’ price category of $300-$500.
We’re sure you’re already familiar with the cult classic of puffer jackets, arguably the original, from our friends over at The North Face. These guys have been creating performance wear for the modern-day explorer since the 1960s, and one of their best-selling products is their insulated puffer jacket.
A design available today based upon one of their original shapes, the Retro Nuptse Jacket in boxy in silhouette, created with an un-rippable fabric, oversized in shape and with a stowable hood. Guaranteed to keep you warm when it’s cold and dry when it’s wet, you really cannot go wrong with a down jacket from The North Face.
For an option void of goose down, it would be remiss of us not to make mention of the goodness coming out of design house THE VERY WARM. Designed in New York City which is one of the ultimate examples of climate extremism on both the hot and cold end of the spectrum, this 2017 brand creates all its puffer jackets filled with recycled polyester. We’re obsessed with the Khaki Puffer Jacket due to its longer length and detachable hood.
For those trying to avoid spending a small fortune on their seasonal puffer jacket, do we have a treat for you! Luckily our iconic mix of sportswear labels, cue Nike, Adidas and Champion all offer a wide variety of insulated jackets under the $300 mark. Often using the insulating powers of polyesters in the place of feathers and down, these high-street versions of the puffer jacket still promise to keep you warm all winter long.
For iterations that err on the sportier side, we recommend having a look at retailers JD Sports and ASOS. With a selection of affordable options that tick the streetwear category, we’re sure all ages can find exactly what they’re looking for to keep them cosy this cold snap season.
For an option that is generous in sizes and very reasonably priced, look no further than Australian fashion giant, Cotton On. Boasting the creation of a puffer jacket created from mostly recycled polyester, the Essential Recycled Puffer comes in at a mere $89.99 and is available in some of this season’s hero colours. The perfect layering piece, pair the Essential Recycled Puffer with a long-sleeve tee and hoodie and you’re guaranteed to keep hot this winter.