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From the ski slopes to the streets, the puffer jacket is the royal-approved winter coat of this season

If it's good enough for a royal!

The humble puffer jacket has been a stylish seasonal saviour for decades, with Princess Diana known for rugging up in the oversized silhouette on ski trips and brisk English mornings. Since then, modern royal style icons like Princess Catherine and Meghan Markle have cocooned themselves up in chic puffer jackets on cold days. 

And if it’s good enough for a royal, you can bet you’ll find us wearing one this season too! 

Although Australia doesn’t hold a candle to England’s chilly weather, when autumn and winter come around the weather can take a turn.  

The puffer jacket is the ultimate low-maintenance, comfy outfit this season – simply pair one with a pair of jeans on a casual day out or some leggings on your morning walk and you will look instantly stylish. 

So, if you want to emulate the comfy, cosy and downright trendy look of the puffer jacket this season, read on, because we are taking a look at some of our favourites to shop this year (including a spot-on dupe for Princess Diana’s covetable fire truck red oversized puffer!).

 The best puffer jackets to shop in Australia 2024

JAGGAD Essential Mid Line Puffer Jacket
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Essential Mid Line puffer jacket

$124.50 (usually $249) at JAGGAD

JAGGAD’s number-one selling puffer jacket lets you embrace the cooler months with its fully lined and water-resistant material. It’s so warm and cosy you won’t even feel the chill when you’re out and about.

It boasts a 4.9 star rating across 759 online reviews, with customers praising its warmth, oversized fit, style and more.

“This puffer jacket is by far the best anyone will ever purchase. From style to comfort, it has it all. Melbourne weather can get very chilly but since I got this puffer I seriously don’t shiver anymore and the velvet piece underneath the sleeves…I was not expecting that…OMG what an amazing idea,” wrote a five star reviewer.

“I can’t speak highly enough about this jacket. It’s not too long nor too short, it’s simply perfect. The hood is removable, which I love. There is honestly no fault at all in this stunning puffer jacket. Thank you to whoever designed this amazing piece…GENIUS!!!”

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL and 3xL

Materials: Water-resistant nylon, recycled polyester filler and polyester lining

Key features:

  • Water-resistant fabric
  • Zip-up front with snap button closures
  • Down-like filler made from recycled materials
  • Fully lined
  • Zip pockets
  • Removable hood

Women's metallic shiny puffer jacket quilted
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CRISSREXO women’s metallic shiny puffer jacket quilted 

$96.66 at Amazon

Emulate Diana’s favourite skiing look with this bold and bright red puffer jacket. It’ll keep you toasty warm all winter long and can be styled a myriad of ways. 

Sizes: S, M, L, XL and XXL

Colours: Dark gold, red, green, off-white and blue

Materials: Lightweight waterproof polyester fabric, polyester filling and polyester lining

Key features: 

  • 100 per cent polyester
  • Available in seven colourways
  • Two side pockets 
  • Front full zipper closure 

ASOS Dickies alatna long puffer jacket in black
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Dickies Alatna long puffer jacket in black

$251.20 (usually $314) at ASOS

Become a warm style icon with the Dickies long line puffer jacket. Offering an added layer of protection from the elements, this hooded and cuffed sleeve beauty is the perfect winter wardrobe addition. 

Sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL

Materials: 100% polyester lining and 100% polyamide outer

Key features:

  • Relaxed fit
  • Drop sleeves
  • Adjustable toggle hood and zip front fastening 
  • Two pockets

Levi's women's selma hooded puffer
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Levi’s women’s selma hooded puffer jacket in Lichen Green 

$375.94 at Amazon

Levi’s has made its mark when it comes to puffers and we love this neutral sage hue for winter. If you prefer to make a more bold statement, no worries, as Levi’s has endless other colourways to choose from!

“This is my go to jacket which has been warm enough for winter weather,” said a reviewer who left five stars. “The popped collar makes it warm and trendy looking. I don’t need a scarf when I wear this. The colour is very nice, versatile and comfortable to wear. It’s slightly boxy looking because of the wider collar and rounded shoulder area, but I don’t mind it. It’s roomy enough to layer underneath but still warm and sealed if you don’t wear lots of layers.”

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL

Colours: Black, bright green, champagne, darkest spruce, hot pink, lichen green, ocean blue, pale blue, decadent chocolate, orange and almond milk

Materials: 100% polyester

Key features:

  • 100 per cent polyester
  • Machine washable
  • Centre front zipper closure hidden by placket 
  • Detachable hood with adjustable draw cord

Gihuo women's winter warm puffer jacket
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Gihuo women’s winter warm puffer jacket in brown

$62.08 at Amazon

We are absolutely loving this chocolate-y hue for winter this year. Cosy, stylish and lightweight…does it get any better?

“This coat is exactly what I was hoping for,” said a reviewer. “Perfect colour, shape and size. I get lots of compliments on it. It’s warm, looks nice on and matches all my scarfs, hats and gloves.”

Sizes: S, M, L and XL

Colours: Black, blue, brown, khaki and green

Materials: Polyester fabric

Key features:

  • Material composed of polyester
  • Convenient zip-up closure
  • Two side pockets
  • Available in five colour variations 

LSKD All Day puffer jacket
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LSKD All Day puffer jacket

$230 at LSKD

Stay in style – sustainably – thanks to this puffer from LSKD that is insulated with Repreve Insulation 100 per cent recycled PET bottles. It’s breathable, water repellent and so comfortable you’ll never want to take it off.

Sizes: 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL

Materials: Shell 100% recycled polyester, lining 100% recycled polyester

Key features:

  • Insulation made from 100 per cent recycled PET bottles
  • Fleece lined collar and chinsulator
  • Water repellent 
  • Removable hood 

P.E. Nation zero drop jacket
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P.E Nation zero drop jacket 

$265.30 (usually $379)  at The Iconic

Ideal for workouts on especially cold mornings, this P.E Nation puffer keeps you warm during the chilliest of conditions.

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Materials: 100% recycled nylon

Key features:

  • Hooded neckline 
  • Quilted design
  • Zip-up front

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Threadbare tall ruby diamond quilted puffer in navy
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Threadbare tall ruby diamond quilted puffer jacket in navy

$54 (usually $72) at ASOS

If you are looking to stray away from the traditional black puffer jacket, then why not change it up with a touch of navy?

Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16

Materials: 100% polyester

Key features:

  • Plain woven fabric
  • Zip fastening and high collar
  • Quilted design
  • Regular fit

Are puffer jackets good for winter?

Winter in Australia certainly does vary in degree (quite literally). So, when it comes to rugging up in cooler climates the puffer jacket is the way to go. Despite being very warm, the puffer jacket is often quite lightweight, making it an excellent day-to-day staple and travel companion.

Not only are these winter cover-ups functional, but they are available to shop in a variety of styles, silhouettes and colours, making them a stylish piece in your wardrobe.

Are puffer jackets still in style in 2024?

In our opinion, puffer jackets will never go out of style. In 2024 layering and keeping warm is in. Whether stacking jumpers under trench coats or layering with a vest, the puffer jacket is an excellent option to add to the mix. 

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