New York Fashion Week Just Showed Us The Perfect Jacket For The Unpredictable Weather Right Now

The bigger, the better.

Irina Shayk at NYFW

by Natalie Hammond |

On the catwalk at Michael Kors, Irina Shayk wore a metallic trench as a minidress. But off, she opted for something a little more low-key (and, we imagine, a lot warmer): a supersized puffer coat. Hers wasn't quilted as such, although more on that later, it just had a slightly inflated look that has become popular of late (you can currently buy styles from Ganni, River Island and Totême).

Irina Shayk at NYFW
Irina Shayk at NYFW ©Getty

Isabelli Fontana, who also walked at Michael Kors, wore a giant puffer coat over her black jeans and stomper boots, smiling despite the zero temperatures in New York. Rianne Van Rompaey, meanwhile, chose a pink-and-black style from The North Face.

Isabelli Fontana at NYFW
Isabelli Fontana at NYFW ©Getty

This all confirms a long-held suspicion that, when push comes to shove, a puffer jacket is the only coat you need for winter - especially as there's something for everyone. At Copenhagen Fashion Week, for example, Mona M. Ali wore the sunniest quilted coat from Baum und Pferdgarten (sadly now sold out) to brighten up the distinctly ominous skies. But it also works for minimalists, like Shayk, who opted for a style that's perhaps more practical and blends into the background.

Rianne Van Rompaey at NYFW
Rianne Van Rompaey at NYFW ©Getty

When it comes to styling, anything goes. You could go off-duty like Shayk (with cargo pants and khaki slip-ons from Ugg) or dressy (Ali wore her puffer with a sweater dress, a pearl necklace and a cowboy hat).

Mona M. Ali at Copenhagen Fashion Week
Mona M. Ali at Copenhagen Fashion Week ©Getty

And if you haven't yet found your perfect puffer jacket, keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best (and warmest) in the business.


SHOP: The Best Puffer Jackets To Keep You Warm

Stine Goya, Kristina Puffer Jacket Flower Foliage Blue, £380
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Mother Denim, The Set-In Oversized Puffer, £346
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& Other Stories, Relaxed Down Puffer Jacket, £175
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Zara, Hooded Puffer Jacket With Water And Wind Protection, £89.99
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Rotate Birger Christensen, Tina Logo Puffer Jacket, £293
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Arket, 2021 Waisted Down Coat, £225
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The North Face, Himalayan Quilted Shell Jacket, £200
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Whistles, Wren Puffer Coat, WAS £169 NOW £68
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Aligne, Elodie Midi Puffer Jacket, WAS £150 NOW £75
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Joseph, Celida Hooded Wool-Blend Flannel Down Coat, WAS £925 NOW £647
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River Island, Khaki Puffer Trench Coat, WAS £110 NOW £35
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Ganni, Cotton Canvas Curved Sleeve Padded Oversize Coat, £375
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COS, Re:Downu00ae Short Puffer Jacket, £180
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Totu00eame, Sash-Waist Recycled-Down Coat, £720
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