The Highsnobiety Winter Wardrobe Manual is a guide to dressing well when temperatures plummet. Expect big coats, padded pants, snug accessories, and hibernation-ready homeware.

We are currently watching a tired summer pass the baton onto a charged-up, very cold fall. At its core, it's a beautiful transition, but it's hard to see that when you're shivering. There's one very easy way to skip the shivers, though. Namely, down jackets.

Down is a layer of fine feathers found against the skin of birds, making it a super lightweight, and highly insulating material. That's what makes a down jacket so essential in the cold. After a few minutes of wear, the down feathers trap your warmth within the coat, staying warm for hours without any bulk. Plus, with down jackets offering the visual appeal of Stone Island's technical expertise or ERL's hyper-bold Swirl Jacket, warmth comes with an equal dose of style this season.

Keep scrolling to shop our favorite down jackets.

Stone Island Real Down Jacket

Real Down Jacket

Real Down Jacket

$1028

Stone Island

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Stone Island is a real winner when it comes to jackets all year round but it comes into its own during fall and winter. With a resin-treated shell, this is not only padded with warm down, but also wind and water-repellent.

The North Face 1996 Nuptse Jacket

1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

$345

The North Face

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The North Face is famed for several signature silhouettes and one of those is the Nuptse Down Jacket. This down-padded jacket is built for expeditions, so it’s more than ready to fit the bill when it comes to seeing you through an urban winter.

Stüssy Stripe Down Puffer Jacket

Stripe Down Puffer Jacket

Stripe Down Puffer Jacket

$313

Stüssy

Buy at Slam Jam

This season in particular, we've seen the technicality of down jackets meld smoothly with contemporary style. This Stüssy jacket is the perfect example, updating the puffer jacket with a pinstripe shell.

Stone Island Modified Panama Jacket

Modified Panama Jacket

Modified Panama Jacket

$1098

Stone Island

Buy at Slam Jam

Down jackets come in all shapes and sizes, too. If you're looking for a piece that can act as a top layer during fall yet is slim enough to be a mid-layer when the mercury drops, this modified Panama Jacket is the one.

Moncler Rochant Jacket

Rochant Jacket

Rochant Jacket

$2020

Moncler

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Moncler can do it all. With a collection ranging from summit-ready designs through to formal-leaning pieces like the Rochant Jacket which boasts a chore-jacket silhouette.

Woolrich x Aimé Leon Dore Corduroy Down Jacket

Aimé Leon Dore Corduroy Down Jacket

Aimé Leon Dore Corduroy Down Jacket

$725

Woolrich

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Woolrich has been making cold-weather staples for just under 200 years now, so you're in safe hands with the label's expertise. Combine that with the contemporary clout that Aimé Leon Dore brings and you've essentially got the perfect fall/winter jacket.

Jacquemus La Doudoune Flocon Jacket

La Doudoune Flocon Jacket

La Doudoune Flocon Jacket

$1570

Jacquemus

Buy at Harvey Nichols

From bright pink pieces to go with summer sun to black puffer jackets like this, Jacquemus moves between the seasons with ease.

MAIUM Puffer Jacket

Puffer Jacket

Puffer Jacket

$347

MAIUM

Buy at MAIUM

Dutch label MAIUM creates its coats to be worn on bicycles. That means that despite the bulk of this puffer, it's a design that transforms through side zips to cover your handlebars. Fully waterproof and made from 99 recycled PET bottles, what's not to love here?

Patagonia Down Sweater

Down Sweater

Down Sweater

$312

Patagonia

Buy at HHV

Patagonia has been mastering the down jacket game since it was founded in the early '70s. This lightweight down jacket returns every year to insulate your layered fits.

Eye/LOEWE/Nature Color-Block Down Jacket

Color-Block Down Jacket

Color-Block Down Jacket

$1950

Eye/LOEWE/Nature

Buy at Matchesfashion

Eye/LOEWE/Nature always amazes us with its ability to blend luxury with serious performance-ready credentials. This color-blocked jacket is proof.

ERL Swirl-Print Jacket

Swirl-Print Jacket

Swirl-Print Jacket

$1131

ERL

Buy at Matchesfashion

Bringing a whole heap of fun to the world of jackets for fall is ERL. The unmissable Swirl Jacket features a bright swirl pattern throughout as well as circular interruptions to the traditional horizontal padding.

C2H4 Filtered Reality Puffer Jacket

Filtered Reality Puffer Jacket

Filtered Reality Puffer Jacket

$580

C2H4

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense

If you're looking for versatility over boldness, though, this C2H4 number sits on the opposite end of the spectrum. The tonal grey build goes with everything, drawing a strong, unifying line under every outfit.

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