I can pinpoint exactly when padded coats became a desirable item for the fashion crowd. It was March 2016 during Demna Gvasalia's first Balenciaga collection. He had just become the creative director of the fashion house and was very specific about what our autumn/winter wardrobes would look like: structured hourglass blazers, bold patterns and padded coats. No longer reserved for the likes of ramblers and extreme sports enthusiasts, Gvasalia's red puffer jacket worn off the shoulder over the top of a bejewelled bodysuit with black jeans and gemstone-encrusted heels proved this item's sudden fabulousness. Across the high street and luxury fashion houses, designers scrambled to create a similar look—such was this garment's influence.
Balenciaga A/W 16 runway
Since then, padded coats have continued to be an autumn/winter mainstay for the street style crowd, Instagram influencers and Gen Z alike. The North Face puffer jackets, both brand new and resale, constantly sell out. Arket's foot-length padded coat is a high-street winner and is spotted by Who What Wear editors all the time during the colder months. For Daniel Lee's new vision of Bottega Veneta, his 2019 autumn/winter collection included a chic, more minimalist version of the padded coat. And over at Prada for the same season, puffer jackets came in the silhouette of a blazer.
Bottega Veneta A/W 19 runway
This piece has cemented itself as a real fashion crown pleaser, and due to the pandemic, it's also become a wardrobe necessity. As for this season's autumn/winter 2021 padded coats, there are plenty of versions to choose from thanks to this item's ubiquitousness. Across the board, colours are more muted—no bold Balenciaga reds this season. However, if you're looking for more than just black, Dodo Bar Or's light-mustard belted version looks cool when paired with bright colours underneath, and Ottolinger's ochre knee-length coat is ideal for wrapping up in freezing weather. I'm also heavily invested in the cropped Isabel Marant version that comes in a chic cream.
Emili Sindlev wearing a Prada puffer coat
While autumn might feel a while away, the good news is that you can already get your hands on quite a few padded coats if you're thinking about how to stay warm but chic on long walks. Below, you can see how major fashion houses have done the puffer this year, then keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best padded coats so far.
Ottolinger A/W 21 runway
Dodo Bar Or A/W 21 runway
Jason Wu A/W 21 runway
Isabel Marant A/W 21 runway
Remain A/W 21 runway
Khaite A/W 21 runway
SHOP PADDED COATS:
Arket Quilted Overshirt (£79)
Mango Quilted Buttoned Coat (£60)
Nanushka Liano Stone Padded Shell Coat (£675)
Burberry Silk Twill Puffer Cape (£850)
Arket Quilted Long Jacket (£99)
Weekday Promise Cropped Puffer (£55)
Monki High Neck Puffer Coat (£65)
COS Reversible Quilted Jacket (£99)
The Frankie Shop Quilted Padded Ripstop Jacket (£170)
ACNE Studios Padded Cotton-Blend Coat (£700)
Prada Re-Nylon Belted Padded Jacket (£1900)
Max Mara Cube Greenti Belted Padded Shell Coat (£740)
Bottega Veneta Belted Padded Glossed-Leather Coat (£5450)
Maison Margiela Double-Breasted Quilted Padded Recycled Shell Coat (£3250)
Isaac Sellam Experience Padded Wrap Coat With Utility Belt (£1820)
Jil Sander Oversize Hooded Down Jacket (£1160)
& Other Stories Quilted Banana Sleeve Coat (£135)
Burberry Padded Trench Coat (£1290)
Versace Hooded Puffer Coat (£2650)
Proenza Schouler White Label Long Puffer Coat (£555)
Next up, these are the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.
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