For Fall, the coat on the fashionable minds of women is the puffer coat. From the runways of Versace to the fast fashion retail brand H&M - the puffer coat is definitely a ‘big deal’ this season. However, it should be noted that although the puffer is receiving major love for 2017 - it has been a worthy buy for decades.
The originator of the puffer coat, Eddie Bauer, caught hyperthermia while on a fishing trip. Following his trip, Bauer was set on designing a protective coat that wouldn’t soak up moisture or weigh the wearer down. So in 1936, he patented the first puffer called the Skyline which was insulated with feathers and a quilted outer shell.
Camping is one thing, but what about the dainty woman of leisure? Thankfully fashion designer Charles James created an evening version of the puffer. In 1937, his design made of silk was presented on the runway.
Fast forward to 1980, and yet another version of the puffer style was born. The Sleeping Bag coat, created by designer Norma Kamali came about during an ‘aha moment’ while on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Kamali wrapped herself in a sleeping bag to use the bathroom and in the midst of doing so imagined ‘what if’ the sleeping bag had sleeves. The rest is history! To this day, the Norma Kamali sleeping bag is still a coveted fashion must have.
The big chill is just around the corner and puffer season is fast approaching! So if you’re thinking about investing in the classic coat for your winter wardrobe, check out my suggestions in the slideshow, for various body types.