Every versatile wardrobe should have a puffer jacket for its Fall/Winter 2018 rotation. The cozy outerwear piece has steadily gained steam over the past few years for its stylish volume and its ability to keep you warm during the harshest weather. In many ways, the puffer jacket encapsulates all of fashion’s biggest trends of the season: bulkier silhouettes, utility codes and a more casual approach to dressing. But it also excels in situations when it’s too cold to care about fashion.
While the puffer jacket is relatively consistent in silhouette, there are several features that make each piece unique. Differences in filling (down to synthetic), outer shell material, cut and other additional details (hoodies, hardware, pockets) offer plenty of choices and designer variation.
With that said, we’ve gathered 21 of the best FW18 puffer jackets from all corners of the fashion sphere, ranging from heritage performance labels and craftsmanship experts (Patagonia, Stone Island, C.P. Company) to luxury offshoots (Gucci, Burberry, Balenciaga) and streetwear favorites (A-COLD-WALL*, Aimé Leon Dore, ALYX). We’ve ordered it by price from most affordable to investment-worthy.
The North Face
Buy Now: $250 USD at MR PORTER
Material: Fill – 90% down, 10% goose feathers; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Modeled after TNF’s original 1996 archive design. Camo-print water-repellent ripstop. Packable drawstring hood. Two zipped welt pockets and one internal zipped pocket. Zip fastening at front. Velcro-fastening cuffs. Drawstring hem.
Buy Now: $560 USD at LUISA VIA ROMA
Material: Fill – 800-fill-power goose down; Shell – 100% nylon Pertex Quantum fabric (water repellent finish)
Style Notes: Non-detachable, helmet-compatible hood. Longer cut. Front zip closure. Elastic cuffs. Two handwarmer zip pockets. Traceable goose down certified by NSF International (non-live-plucked, non-force-fed).
Oakley by Samuel Ross
Buy Now: $597 USD at HBX
Material: Fill – 100% polyester; Shell – 100% polyamide
Style Notes: Asymmetric collar. One flap pocket and front left waist, one hidden pocket. Drawcord cuffs. Rear zipper and white Oakley branding. Rear neck ventilation holes. Front zip closer. Subtle iridescent sheen finish.
Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978
Buy Now: $620 USD at HBX
Material: Fill – 100% feather down; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Tonal black front with multicolor American photo print at back. Red leather branding patch at the rear hem. Funnel neck. Front two-way zip fastening and side zipped pockets. Machine washable.
Buy Now: $695 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate; Shell – 100% cotton
Style Notes: Quilted cotton ripstop shell. Red logo embroidery at chest, back collar and cuffs. Stand collar. Zip frontal closure. Patch pockets at waist. Bungee cord drawstring hem. Elasticized cuffs. Patch pocket at full-lined interior.
Buy Now: $809 USD at LUISA VIA ROMA
Material: Fill – 100% synthetic filling; Shell – 100% Italian fabric polyamide
Style Notes: Boxy, oversized fit. Funnel neck collar with packable hood. Two-way frontal zip with plastic snap studs. Two exterior side patch pockets at waist. One inner zip pocket. Elastic cuffs. Nylon lining.
Buy Now: $838 USD at MATCHESFASHION.COM
Material: Fill – 90% down, 10% feathers; Shell – 100% polyamide
Style Notes: Signature Goggle hood. Asymmetric front zip closure that folds over. Technical Bi-Mesh construction for waterproof and breathable wear. Front chest snap button pocket. Drawstring cords at hood and hem.
Buy Now: $840 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 100% feathers; Shell – 100% nylon
Style Notes: Cropped cut. Stand collar. Front zip closure with extended trim. Contrast white A-COLD-WALL* branding at the chest and cuffs. Bungee cord drawstring at cuffs and hem. Tonal hardware.
Aimé Leon Dore x Woolrich
Buy Now: $850 USD at AIMÉ LEON DORE
Material: Fill – 80% duck down, 20% feathers; Shell – 60% cotton, 40% nylon
Style Notes: Sherpa-lined hood with adjustable drawcords. Two front pockets with polar fleece lining. Rib knit cuffs. Branded metal snap buttons. Aimé Leon Dore and Woolrich co-branding.
Buy Now: $1,175 USD at HAVEN
Material: Fill – 100% down; Shell- 100% garment-dyed linen
Style Notes: Signature Stone Island fabric treatment. Linen canvas soaked in lightweight polyurethane resin with pastel color effect. Asymmetric front zip. Two pockets with hidden diagonal zip, small chest pocket. Detachable fingerless fleece gloves.
Buy Now: $1,684 USD at Farfetch
Material: Fill – 100% feather down; Shell – 100% polyamide
Style Notes: Bomber-style ribbed collar (100% virgin wool) with single button closure. Zip front closure. Side button pockets. Tonal canvas wide strap at the back shoulder area.
Buy Now: $1,790 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 90% goose down, 10% feathers; Shell – 100% nylon
Style Notes: Maximalist pattern collaging Burberry check print, logotypes and heritage motifs. Stand collar. Two zip pockets at waist and one inner zip pocket. Rope-style drawstring at hem. Adjustable Velcro-tab, elasticized cuffs. Concealed button placket with zip closure at front.
Buy Now: $1,790 USD at MR PORTER
Material: Fill – 90% down, 10% goose feathers; Shell – 100% cotton
Style Notes: From Christopher Bailey’s last Burberry collection, FW18. Seen on Skepta. Oversized fit. Famous Burberry check washed over with multicolor tie-dye. Large vintage designer emblem at back. Snap fastening at front. Two welt pockets at waist. Made in Italy.
Buy Now: $1,965 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 100% polyester; Shell – 100% nylon
Style Notes: Climashield-insulted nylon jacket. Detachable hood with drawstring, Velcro and button fastening. Stand collar. Concealed two-way zip closure with snap buttons at front. Flap pockets at waist. Elasticized cuffs. Drawstring hem. Made in Japan.
1017 ALYX 9am
Buy Now: $2,000 USD at MR PORTER
Material: Fill – 90% down, 10% goose and duck feathers; Shell – 55% polyamide, 45% cotton
Style Notes: Black faille padded construction. ALYX signature rollercoaster-inspired utility buckle at collar. Leather trims. Silver-tone zip front closure and side pockets. Elasticized cuffs and hem. Made in Italy.
Buy Now: $2,085 USD at MR PORTER
Material: Fill – 90% down, 10% duck feathers; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Dark blue ripstop jacket with black velvet panels and trims. Detachable hood. Zipped shoulders. Buckled sleeves and cuffs. Two front snap pockets, two inner pockets. Two-way zip and snap button closure at front. Silver-tone metal hardware.
Buy Now: $2,350 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 80% down, 20% feathers; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Second generation of the (in)famous Balenciaga logo-branded puffer. Oversized fit. Asymmetric, concealed two-way zip closure. Funnel neck collar. Concealed drawstring hem. Rib knit cuffs. Tonal hardware.
Buy Now: $2,833 USD at Farfetch
Material: Fill – 100% feather down; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Signature Y/Project oversized fit. Dark navy exterior, blue lining. Modular bungee cord pulls throughout quilt seams. Buttoned muffler collar. Concealed front zip closer. Elasticized trim. Machine-washable.
Buy Now: $3,125 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 90% goose down, 10% goose feathers; Shell – 100% nylon
Style Notes: Versace logo tape throughout body. Stand collar with concealed hood. Zip closure at front with gunmetal-ton hardware. Two welt pockets at waist and two inner welt pockets. Bungee cord drawstring at hem. Made in Italy.
Buy Now: $3,950 USD at SSENSE
Material: Fill – 90% goose down, 10% feathers; Shell – 100% polyester
Style Notes: Detachable sleeves. Black grained calfskin trim at shoulders. Stand collar. Cat graphic patch with “Guccy” embroidery at back. Concealed zip closure and press-stud placket at front. Logo-engraved silver-tone hardware.
Buy Now: $4,030 USD at MR PORTER
Material: Fill – 96% down, 4% feathers; Shell – 100% nylon
Style Notes: Oversized designed inspired by traditional Japanese Yukata robes. Subtle sheen nylon shell. High-cut ribbed wool collar. Tie fastening. Two on-seam pockets. Made in Japan. Exclusive to MR PORTER.
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