Invented by American outdoorsman and wilderness fanatic Eddie Bauer in 1930, puffer jackets were born out of necessity. Back then, lining a quilt jacket with down feathers wasn’t just to earn style points, but a practical way to prevent hypothermia. Now, puffer jackets have been interpreted in a number of ways by various brands, cementing the insulated outerwear as one of the steeziest ways to stay warm in winter.

Puffer jacket stan A$AP Rocky has been seen wearing them in outrageous colors from Balenciaga. Through the eyes of Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga rendered the classic ’90s staple in a contemporary short-crop/long-sleeve cut with impeccable technical precision and understated branding. Meanwhile, The North Face has kept to a more traditional puffer with its classic 1992 Nuptse jacket, which can’t really be bettered.

We’ve rounded up the best puffer jackets on the market right now, ranging from low-key styles from H&M and Topman, to a louder color-blocking option with detachable sleeves from Faith Connexion.

Padded Jacket

H&M

$70

Padded Jacket

H&M

$70

Padded Jakcet

H&M

$80

Puffer Jacket

Topman

$110

Puffer Jacket

ZARA

$129

Faux Fur Puffer Jacket

Topman

$160

Faux Fur Puffer Jacket

Topman

$160

1992 Nuptse

The North Face

No Offers

Short Puffer

Used Future

$426

Cashball Puffer Jacket

NOAH

$448

Face Down Jacket

Junya Watanabe Man X The North Face

$445

Down Diagonal Zippy Puffer

Stone Island

No Offers

Brook Jacket

Moncler X Craig Green

$1179

Twist Nazka Jacket

Moncler

$1440

Down Jacket

Moncler x STYLEBOP.com

$1525

Grenoble Coulmes Jacket

Moncler

$1980

Down C-Shape Jacket

Balenciaga

No Offers

Panelled Puffer

Faith Connexion

$2350

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Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor
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