1) The Puffer Coat
The one-stop shop to 90s fashion...the puffer coat. This popular piece has been around for as long as the 1930s and was first invented by Eddie Bauer, however, it mainly rose to fame in the ‘80s, when the streets of Milan were colourfully pathed with young fashionistas wearing bright colourful puffers.
The next wave of admiration was in the ‘90s, rap culture bought the jacket back to life, even bigger and better than before. In more recent times, we associate the puffer with the likes of Balenciaga and Vetements, it’s symbolic of streetwear fashion but can be worn with almost any outfit. Whether you're into sports brands like adidas, Nike, and North Face or designer looks like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, this is the ultimate outerwear must-have for your outdoor adventures.
1990s Zip Front Puffer Jacket
2) The Faux Fur Coat
The faux fur coat should be a staple of anyone's wardrobe, allowing you to instantly turn a drab outfit into something quite spectacular. Faux furs were created just a little over a century ago and offer a wide range of textures and colours which aren’t always available with real fur.
We love faux fur coats to add bright pops of colour for grey days, and plain, printed, long or short they always make an outfit really shine. The perfect winter warmer, the faux fur can also be worn to any event, totally exuding a glamorous luxe feel. Add a silk dress and a pair of Dr Martens for a grunge vibe.
3) The Wool Coat
This classic wool piece is a tailored coat which is typically knee length or longer, made from a heavy weight cloth. After being invented in the late 18th century this longline coat has had a steadiness of popularity, it is often associated with 1970’s skinhead and suedehead culture- often seen being paired with straight leg Levi’s and a Fred Perry polo neck.
Following on through to the ‘80s we see the item being used as a power piece, oversized with shoulder pads giving the jacket a new found edge. This coat today can often in different colours, textures and prints - as a staple go-to coat for anyone channelling some effortless chic style.
4) The Mountaineering Coat
Made for purpose then of course, redefined by fashion, mountaineering jackets as they are known today started to be made post World War II. There was a huge amount of surplus nylon, and that combined with the creation of synthetic fibres led to mountaineering coats that would be waterproof and windproof.
With modern textile tech such as gore-tex, these jackets are the ultimate outwear choice for keeping you warm, protected from all weathers whilst being hardwearing for a lot of outdoor activity. Mountaineering style inspired designers across the catwalks, and now with a strong dose of streetwear style, they work for relaxed sports casual look, without the need to climb anything.
5) The Shearling Coat
The shearling jacket can be traced back as far as the Stone Age, during this period it was used for covering oneself as it was light but extremely warm. Throughout time it was adapted and up until the Victorian Age was seen as a sign of wealth. The jacket then took on the form of a classic winter coat and hasn’t lost any popularity since. We often accredit the rise of the dark suede sheepskin to ‘80s Only Fools and Horses star Del boy, whose look is almost as iconic as the character himself.
But, but was made totally iconic by Penny Lane in Almost Famous, and now the famed shaggy coat is a staple of any Y2K wardrobe. This jacket has also found itself on the runway and often appears in Saint Laurent shows, offering a indie heaven for those seeking a creative look without sacrificing warmth.