No pastry, just puff: 10 delicious puffer jackets you'll probably be down to buy immediately

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Marina Kereklidou wearing her own design jacket, Synsam sunglasses, and Prada shoes poses for a picture outside of Hotel Diplomat on the first day of Stockholm Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021 on February 9, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Marina Kereklidou wearing her own design jacket, Synsam sunglasses, and Prada shoes poses for a picture outside of Hotel Diplomat on the first day of Stockholm Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021 on February 9, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
  • Every season has its defining items, and this winter is all about coats. Big coats.
  • Leading outerwear styles right now include the maxi coat, plaid overcoats, versatile trenches and parkas, statement faux fur, but most importantly, the puffer jacket.
  • We give you 10 top picks from leading retailers that you should probably put in your cart while stocks last. 

It's no secret that since the start of June, the country (Joburg especially) has been colder than someone breaking up with you over WhatsApp. 

And no one likes being single during winter, right?

But in the same breath, not everyone can procure a trusty partner during this season, so your best bet is getting well-acquainted with a high quality down duvet with a superior thread count. 

However, even though we may be in pandemic that has rendered 'respectability' a mere construct, wearing your bedding out on the streets might still raise many eyebrows over masks.

So what's the next best thing? 

A jacket that resembles - and mimics - the appearance and warmth of a good duvet, of course! 

The puffer jacket is having a moment for this exact reason - it's a practical, quilted, down style statement we should all probably try invest in. It's like being hugged by a giant marshmallow, isn't it?

And the best part is that puffer jackets are mostly gender neutral (whatever that means in fashion these days), so you can shop your down darling of choice from any section.

READ MORE: Trends are irrelevant but there's nothing quite like a classic coat to get you through the winter    

So let's take a look at standout puffers spotted around the world on street style muses:   

Be bright in your corner 

Be a much-needed burst of colour on a grey day. 

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 28: A passerby wears a bold
March 28, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Susan Stjernberge
Stockholm Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021 on February 9, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images) 

Take the long way home

... just to make sure everyone sees your epic, long puffer.  

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Sonia Lyson wearing
March 22, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) 
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Sonia Lyson wearing
February 05, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images) 

It's all in the fine print

Why not get a puffer with a print that speaks so you don't have to?  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Model Ruby Aldri
February 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images) 
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Sonia Lyson wearing
February 15, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) 

Earth, wind, but no fire 

Earthy tones (and black) reminiscent of the glum weather also make for classic puffer jackets you'll pull out five winters from now. As for the fire? Well, we suppose you could just light one.  

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Sonia Lyson wearing
January 17, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou
Stockholm Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021 on February 9, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images) 
DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 06: Ann-Kathrin Gö
February 06, 2021 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images) 

Now shop our top picks from these leading retail stores:

Zara 

Limited edition quilted coat, R1999 

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Sonia Lyson wearing

Desigual 

Miranda Makaroff for Desigual Ibizawome coat, R6089 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou

Country Road  

Recycled Nylon Short Puffer, R1799  

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou

Poetry 

Ann Down Puffer Jacket, R1329 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Susan Stjernberge

K-Way  

Women's Martine Hooded Jacket, R2999  

K-Way

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE | Knits, checks, puff sleeves have withstood the pandemic, according to womenswear experts

Ackermans

Olive puffer coat, R399.95 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou

Superbalist 

Diamond quilted padded bomber, R1039 by Misguided 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou

Mango 

Kimono style quilted jacket, R1699 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - FEBRUARY 09: Marina Kereklidou

Nike

Women's Down Parka, R3299.97 

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Mr Price 

Oversized Puffer Jacket, R249.99

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