There was a time when I was against the very idea of a puffa (puff, puffer, padded coats, etc) jacket. They swamped my petite frame in such an abundance of material that I would quickly dismiss them, forgetting their most important function: to protect one from the bitter Irish weather. And when the temperature dips to freezing point, those puffers (the more of them, the better) start to look a whole lot more appealing. Yes, they are a nineties trend that's made a comeback, and yes, they are essentially a variation of luxe sportswear, but our Fashion Director Marie Kelly prefers to describe them as "wearable duvets," which, is a necessary wardrobe staple for us all as we come into winter. You can make a statement with an oversized coat and if you're worried about getting lost in one, opt for a coat that's nipped at the waist - as well as the sleek silhouette, it gives the jacket a more feminine edge.
Scroll below for our ten puffer jacket picks - to suit a variety of different budgets - and be sure to wrap up when you're out and about.
High collar puffer jacket, from ZARA, €79.95
Water-repellent quilted coat from Mango, €79.99
Chunky Corduroy Puffer Jacket from Topshop, €80
Quilted jacket from Mango, €89.99
Padded jacket from H&M, €39.99
ASOS Puffer Coat in Check Print, €44.24
Longline Puffer Jacket from Topshop, €98.00
Madewell Quilted Puffer Parka from Nordstrom, €148
Quilted parka with hood from ZARA, €99.95
Black Leopard Print Reversible Puffer Jacket from New Look, €84.99