It’s easy to throw fashion out the window when temperatures plummet. It’s hard to take a look when the fresh air feels like knives against your skin! Generally, a giant puffer coat is the sign of fashion’s defeat. No matter how fabulous the outfit underneath is, matte black ankle-length padding rarely makes you feel more stylish. But it turns out that you can be comfortable and formal this winter; at least that’s what celebrities are showing. Stars like Rihanna, Irina Shayk and Bad Bunny have elevated their padded coats by choosing styles in unexpected color combinations or silhouettes.
Sure, we’ve seen haute couture puffers on the runways for a few years now. Remember Balenciaga’s Fall 2016 collection, where a red quilt was paired with a jeweled turtleneck? Until now, however, that juxtaposition between formal and sporty seemed more editorial than wearable, but today’s stars are taking the idea to the streets. Earlier this month in New York, Rihanna appeared in a color blocked puffer coat with faux fur trim. It was an eye-catching coat on its own, but he elevated it even more with a pair of metallic Balenciaga boots. Shayk offered a minimal take. Her long, voluminous coat was offset by her slimmer trousers and sleek, understated sneakers.
The fun and unexpected colored puffers have also been a hit with celebrities. Both Kim Kardashin and Billie Eilish prefer long puffy coats in a deep crimson color. Bad Bunny wore a mint quilted coat to this month’s American Music Awards, proving that a pastel style may even be red carpet ready. Meanwhile, Lil Nas X performed at the iHeart Jingle Ball in a metallic pink padded coat and pleated skirt, which gave it a more theatrical feel
It shows that padding really is the coat to go with anything this season. It adds a more sporty and casual touch to virtually any outfit, so be sure to pair it with more high-fashion accessories or refined clothing, to replicate that true A-lister feel.
Below, more stars who have nailed the stylish quilted coat.