Puffer Coats: Keep Warm (And Fashionable) This Winter

Every winter we are all faced with the same conundrum: how to keep warm without ending up looking like the most unfashionable abominable snowman to walk the city streets. Most fashion publications will tell men that they need a great wool car coat or peacoat. And while we don’t disagree with the fact that most men need a great wool coat, we will add that those won’t keep you warm when the temperature drops below freezing. So what is the solution? A great puffer coat. Yes, those puffy coats we all used to hate have become more fashionable again. And we guarantee they will keep you warm all winter. Here is our rundown for some great options – across every price point.

1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket from North Face

This retro throwback, yes 1996 is considered retro now) was built for mountain yet is fashion forward for citylife. The Nuptse jacket thas a boxy silhouette, original shiny ripstop fabric, iconic oversize baffles and stowable hood. This jacket will keep you warm and dry even when it gets cold and wet. It comes in a variety of colours including metallic cooper, $349 from The North Face.

The Approach by Canada Goose

The Approach is the latest parka from Canada Goose ($795), it is inspired by the Skreslet Parka, an iconic mountaineering piece that was tested and designed in collaboration with the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest, Laurie Skreslet. The Skreslet was constructed specifically for conquering the highest altitudes while helping you stay warm on your journey to the top. This basically means it will keep you warm in any weather conditions. The newly dropped Approach comes in seven signature colors – four eye-catching neon hues and three classic shades. Do you dare to neon pink?

Seamless Down Parka by Uniqlo

Uniqlo drops the most affordable Puffer coat out there at $199. It’s a steal. Made from lightweight 100% nylon, this baby will keep you warm and dry in almost any weather conditions. This year’s update gets some aluminum-enhanced lining materials to help retain even more heat. Available in seven classic colours, this is a great piece for a man who wants to stay warm and save some cash.

Radiator Lite Down Hoodie by MEC

Mountain Equipment Co-Op is the go to destination for many outdoor enthusiast but in recent years they have stepped up their fashion game. So why not head over to a place that knows how to keep hikers and skiers warm for winter? The Radiator features a herringbone style stitch that stands out from the crowd of puffer coats. It is ultra lightweight and packable – perfect on it’s own or layered under your wool coat. We suggest you opt for the red. $260 from MEC.

Christian Dare

Christian Dare

Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a Visual Manager before pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Design. He is the Principal at Christian Dare Creative, the co-founder of Stylist Box and runs a successful men’s lifestyle blog, Christian Dare Edited,focusing on menswear, interior design and craft cocktails. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram christian_dare. 

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