They may, admittedly, not be the most stylish of outerwear – but there is a functional and utilitarian type of charm to a padded down jacket. So, while it won’t outdo your overcoat on formality, or pass your parker when it comes to warmth, the down jacket is an admirable addition to your winter wardrobe. Here are 5 of the best…
From Canada Goose’s ‘Black Label’ collection, the ‘Brookvale’ down jacket is warm enough for the mountain and sleek enough to wear in the city. It’s made from the brand’s breathable Vereflex 15D fabric – that is both windproof, water-resistant and exceptionally lightweight. And, not only does the single colour keep things chic, the elasticated cuffs have handy thumbholes to keep the sleeves in place and the elements out.
Brunello Cucinelli is a renowned connoisseur of style, so it should come as no surprise that his label exudes the same level of sophistication as he puts into dressing each day. Inspired by classic workwear, this navy jacket is made from soft quilted shell that’s lightly padded for insulation. The streamlined profile makes it easy to wear beneath a more substantial coat on colder days – proving that there is no more versatile a layering piece than the lightweight down jacket.
Moncler started out designing cold-weather gear for mountaineering, so you can trust that its city-ready designs will stand up to winter’s most testing conditions, too. This ‘Riom’ jacket is made from durable shell and padded with lightweight yet insulating down to keep you warm wherever you may find yourself this season. Also, a handily detachable hood adds another level of versatility.
Trimmed with a detachable shearling collar and ribbed cuffs, Brunello Cucinelli’s jacket is a stylish way to beat winter’s chill. It’s made from navy shell that will repel light rain or snow, and filled with insulating yet lightweight down. Keep your cards, keys and phone close to hand in the zipped pockets – and keep your hands warm with the ribbed cuffs.
This ‘Thorium AR’ jacket from little-known but meticulously-made brand Arc’teryx serves as both an insulating mid-layer and a standalone piece. Crafted from the water and wind-resistant Arato 40 shell, it is incredibly robust yet lightweight, so it can be easily compressed and packed away – and the down ‘Composite Mapping’ places Coreloft synthetic insulation in areas prone to moisture build-up, including the collar, cuffs and underarms for maximum warmth.