Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pret a Puffa

Padded or Puffa coats and jackets are not the most stylish piece of outerwear I grant you, but they have become a winter wardrobe essential for Mums who have to walk the school run, spend Sunday mornings on the touchline or for anybody who wishes to stay as "snug as a bug in a rug" in sub zero temperatures when all thoughts of fashion and style seem to fade into a pile of chunky knitwear, ridiculous knitted hats that cover your ears and fur lined boots.

If being cold is not your thing and you are not a lover of freezing your bits off when there is snow on the ground, nothing beats the warmth that only down filled outerwear provides and it is one winter warmer I couldn't live without, regardless of whether I resemble the Mitchelin Man when wearing mine or not! When it's cold, quite frankly, I don't give a damn!



See the resemblance? I'm in there somewhere!


December 2010 - See I really don't care what I look like when it's cold! Missoni hat, Pucci wellies and LV scarf from a time when the clothing budget was far bigger than it has been for the last few years. Puffa coat from John Lewis.


Despite the fact that I look like a sack of spuds in my snow story above and my arms look like they resemble those of a Russian shot putter, some of our favourite fashionistas show us that you can wear a puffa with style, and if Rachel Bilson once wore one to the Burberry show, it can't be all bad can it?



Burberry Brit £495. Day Birger et Mikklesen £349. Moncler padded coat £750. Maxmara £565.
John Lewis £99. Mango Jacket £49.99. Monsoon £89. Uniqlo £79.90 available in 6 colours.

With styles that never go out of fashion and price points to suit every budget, I am interested to know if you "throw caution to the fashion wind" when Jack Frost makes an appearance and opt for comfort and warmth over style?

UNIQLO

24 comments:

  1. I'm totally with you - and lusting over that Burberry coat!!

    Nic x

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  2. That's a lesson on how to wear all your labels all at once! Yours is pretty smart compared to mine but like you say, when it's really cold - I don't care what I look like as long as I am warm. I'm not nice when I'm cold.

    I'm not good with the shorter length ones - nothing to warm the behind. Ideally I would wear one right down to my toes and up to my ears. That would make me very happy.

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  3. I bought a Maxmara shiny puffa coat during a September heatwave in Rome a few years ago and have worn in religiously since. I really don't cate that it makes me look like Michelin man (because it does!). I just want to be warm!

    Helena xx

    PS. You look fab in your winter outfit!

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  4. Top post girl. Love the Burberry coat too. xx

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  5. No, I don't care either what I look like when it's freezing. I have a trusty down that I got on sale a while ago for 70% off, and I plan on wearing it for quite a while longer. And as soon as it goes under 60 degreess F, My head is covered.

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  6. Some lovely coats here. I agree there's nothing warmer than a down filled coat. (Although I did once have one that leaked feathers all over me which was not a good look... but that was yonks ago - and you know what - I still wore it as it was so warm! ) x

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  7. Definitely opt for comfort over style when that type of weather makes an appearance!Have two hanging in the wardrobe:)
    ~Anne xx

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  8. Hi my dear- I still will wear my Per Una down puffa coat again this winter, but I do love the Uniqlo version here a lot. I think the key is to wear it with some bright quality accessories, just like you have done-great post! xx

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  9. Oh warmth over appearance any day!! I definitely look like the michelin man in my Puffa but who cares, certainly not me! Rather that than freezing my butt off :-) Loving the Moncler x

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  10. That's brilliant!! Only a true fashionista would pair Missoni hat, Pucci boots and an LV scarf with a puffa jacket during mad snow season! Love, love, love it ... especially the boots! For me, warmth is definitely very important as I can't bear being cold.

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  11. I know what you mean being only 5ft 2in I would look like a weeble! I do think these coats are fab though. But here in Georgia, the weather doesn't get cold enough for long enough to invest in one. I may need to rent one out though when I come over to the UK in Nov!

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  12. Practical wear over Fashion wear???? Well if it snows again like it did last year I will be donning my actually ski wear LOL

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  13. I do. I a MaxMara one (in a different color) which I bought in the sale in Spain, but it was never really cold enough to wear there. So I can't wait to get good wear out of this Winter ;-)

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  14. I love Rachel Bilson's style. I throw all caution to the wind in bad weather, I really can't plan my severe weather fashion, I probably look like a toasty scarecrow.And hats, while I love them they don't love me :(

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  15. I have one with a big furry hood, wouldn't be without it on freezing mornings! Can't handle the cold :) x

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  16. Love the Mango jacket - I'm so 'nesh' now I'm older - have to wrap up warm (wasn't always like this!) x

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  17. Yes, I do like a good puffa jacket and have a great Tommy H one I bought a couple of years ago. It was a godsend in that cold snowy spell we had. I'm LOVING your wellies mrs - so stylish! Avril x

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  18. A bit of both. At the beginning of spring I bought a fab North Face puffa coat for half-price. It only got worn a couple of times as the weather heated up too fast but it was so warm and cozy, I can't wait for snowy days to come again. Yes it adds a couple of pounds but when its cold a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!!!

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  19. Zara do a lovely one that I have my eye on.

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  20. I have had my grey Armani jeans puff a for about 3years now and would not be without it . It is similar to the one you feature on the right. Might buy the short uniglo one to wear under coats when it is very cold,

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  21. oh yes - I shall be getting my grey puffa out when the frost returns! X

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  22. Just bought a great silvery-brown down jacket from Uniqlo, which is very thin but very cosy, and will be fine either by itself or underneath something a bit smarter. My boyfriend has a crazy expensive Mountain Equipment puffa which isn't pretty, but god it's wonderful when its really cold. And yes I have nicked it to wear on occasion!

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  23. I used to pooh-poohed the idea of puffer coats until it snowed. Now, I totally get it!

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  24. I actually quite like puffa jacket as long as they are not too puffy. Blue with cold is never a good look. Being so short though, I think I would have to opt for one with slightly less puff. I guess the benefit of having only girls is no rugby or footbal. I love your picks especially the Monsoon one.

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