Puffer coats have long been considered practical, but stylish? Thanks to a host of designer interpretations of the cosy, borderline-ugly outerwear, they've become something of a fashion girl must-have. Arguably it was last year when the puffer coat's sartorial status really reached its peak, with the likes of Bottega Veneta creating a very special leather puffer coat, which swiftly made its way to the top of many an editor and influencer's wish list.
But then in 2021, we started off the year (yet again) spending a lot more time outside, and the duvet coat became a non negotiable essential for many of us, and not just those with budgets for the designer versions. Back in February, according to global fashion search platform Lyst, searches for "duvet coat" were "rising quickly and are currently up 34% since the start of the month". People were also searching for "maxi down coat", "duvet jacket" as well as "quilted duvet coat" and it looks from the new-in offering at so many stores right now, we're about to hit a similar peak before the cold snap even begins.
If you're hunting down a puffer coat right now, then we've got good news: it's not too soon and we've spent all week finding the best and most affordable versions on the high street. Keep scrolling for more.
From classic black to bolder hues, the shops (both digital and real life) are practically bursting with puffer coats, with the most frugal coming in at a mere £20. That's not to say they don't look premium. Design details such as statement labels and built-in belts, as well as interesting silhouettes come together to create an expensive looking edit. But don't take our word for it; keep scrolling to see (and shop) the best high street puffer coats out there.