Look the part in a party puffer!

Look the part in a party puffer! FEMAIL has you covered for style and comfort this festive season

  • This year you can keep warm without compromising on your party outfit
  • Frankie Graddon says utilitarian padded coats have had a designer makeover 
  • The UK-based fashion expert explains how best to wear and style a puffer jacket 

Party season is just around the corner, bringing the eternal dilemma when choosing a coat: should you go for full-throttle glamour, or something that will actually keep you warm? 

This year, you can do both, thanks to the stylish party puffer. Yes, utilitarian padded coats have had a designer makeover. On the catwalk, Prada has showcased voluminous puffers decorated with feather plumes. Dior paraded cinched-in waists, with sleeves finishing just above the wrist — all the better for flashing fabulous jewels. Dries Van Noten layered thickly quilted coats in velvet and floral print over coordinating evening wear. 

Coat, £290, essentielantwerp.com; jeans, £235, frame-store. com; bag, £275, russelland bromley.co.uk; boots, £359, lkbennett.com; earrings, £130, carousel jewels.com

Invented by U.S. adventurer Eddie Bauer in the 1930s, the down-insulated jacket has typically been reserved for outdoor pursuits. In the 1990s, they were part of the streetwear trend; think boy band East 17 wearing white puffers and combat trousers. But not until 2016 when Balenciaga put an off-the-shoulder padded coat on the catwalk did it approach high fashion. 

Jacket, £299, allsaints.com; skirt, £89, mintvelvet. co.uk; boots, £35.99, shop. mango.com; earrings, £150, sorujewellery. com; bracelet, £42, boden. co.uk

This season, the puffer is taking over the High Street. The key to choosing a true ‘party puffer’ is to reach for luxe textures. A high-shine finish says cocktail-ready — like Guess’s glossy style. Or go for a metallic sheen such as Massimo Dutti’s pearly puffer. 

If wearing a statement bottom half, keep your puffer cropped. Karen Millen’s pepum jacket allows a sequin skirt to take centre stage. The shawl collar gives an elegant touch. While a bold print gives block-coloured dresses extra pizazz, such as Kate Spade’s floral number, which comes with a faux fur collar. Or coordinate with your outfit for a tonal look. 

Jacket, £119, massimo dutti.com; dress, £249, allsaints.com; boots, £49.50, marksand spencer.com; bag, £150, essentielantwerp. com

Jacket, £350, jumper, £375, katespade.co.uk; roll neck (worn underneath), £79, lavenderhillclothing. com; skirt, £79.99, reserved.com; boots, £65, next.co.uk; bracelet, £38, anthropologie.com

For smart-casual occasions, a puffer in hot pink will up the ante of dark-wash jeans and boots. Essentiel Antwerp’s comes with a hood for midnight downpours. Just add a flash of gold with hoop earrings and a shoulder bag. 

And when the party’s over, you’ll still be warm and cosy, while spreading a little sparkle on dreary winter days.


Left: Jacket, £124, karenmillen. com; skirt, £245, wyselondon. com; socks, £8, calzedonia. com; heels, £120, boden.co.uk; earrings, £42, anthropologie. com. Right: Jacket, £79.99, and dress, £35.99, reserved.com; boots, £75, riverisland.com; necklace, £48, anthropologie.com; earrings, £28, orelia.co.uk

Red jacket, £170, guess.eu; orange jacket, £44.95, regatta.com; skirt, £89, mint velvet.co.uk; boots, £250, duoboots.com

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