This warm, cosy piece has morphed from ‘Sunday stroll with the dog’ attire to bona-fide style hero. Here are our favourites – plus how to wear them
One of this year’s defining trends is athleisure – clothes that are somewhere between sportswear and daywear. With dressing down the new dressing up, the padded jacket is the king of outerwear. First things first: choose your hemline. If you’re fuller in the hips, a thigh-skimming style will be more flattering, while those with boyish figures can opt for something shorter and sportier.
If you’re looking to boost your everyday denim, you need something that says casual with personality. Opt for a faux-fur collar (), adding a colour-pop bag for a punchy finish. For the minimalists among you, we’re championing this simple black style () – sleek and lightweight, it’s ideal pre- and post-workout but can also be paired with monochrome tailoring for a sports-luxe finish.
The humble padded jacket hasn’t always guaranteed sartorial success. But thanks to the likes of the Balenciaga and Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2016 catwalks, this season it’s become a style hero in its own right, and it’s more versatile than you might think. Take inspiration from the models and wear yours with metallics, velvets, luxury tailoring – be brave.
Mix it with partywear, like a pleated midi skirt and statement earrings, and you’ve instantly hit the perfect balance of high-low styling, which is so in vogue. This oversized jacket () has similar design details to a trench – cinch it at the waist, add elegant accessories and you’ve got a look you can wear anywhere.
Let us set the scene: you’ve been invited for brunch with friends, you have 10 minutes to get ready, plus it’s zero degrees outside. What you need is a cover-up that’s warm, versatile and stylish: enter this multi-tasking coat (). In a deep midnight blue, it screams chic and comes with tan leather piping, gold hardware and a removable faux-fur trim so you can dial it up or down depending on the rest of your outfit. There’s also a clever zip-up pocket at the back that contains a hood so you’ll never be caught out in the rain again.
Wear it as a statement layer over a knitted tunic dress, skinny jeans and patent boots for an ensemble that says ‘effortless style in an instant’.
Photographer: Jonty Davies / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Hair stylist: Naoko Scintu / Make-up artist: Ben Cooke / Model: Nur Hellmann at Viva / Womenswear editor: Charlene Barton