15 Best Padded Coats and Jackets for Autumn

Now that temperatures are dipping and days are getting shorter, it’s time to say goodbye to your favourite trench and hello to a padded coat. Forget any frumpy thoughts when it comes to down jackets and coats – these days puffer coats are a chic staple in every fashionista’s winter wardrobe. From long puffer coat styles and bum-skimming boxy crops to brights and prints, there’s a style to suit every winter wardrobe.

Snuggle down in style with our selection of the high street’s best padded coats and jackets for autumn – we guarantee you won’t want to take them off!

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Big Cat Energy

What started two years ago with Gap’s cult leopard puffer has spawned a bona fide winter staple – yes, leopard puffer jackets are A THING. River Island, Marks & Spencer and Matalan are just some of the high street retailers now going wild for big cat styles.

Left to Right: River Island, Matalan, M&S

Left: Long leopard padded coat, £95, River Island; Middle: Leopard puffer jacket, £35, Matalan; Right: Thermowarm leopard jacket, £35, Marks & Spencer

Bright’s Alright

Bring a little colour to your winter look with a bright padded coat. From sunny yellow to traffic stopping reds and oranges, you’ll be surprised how versatile and fun a bright jacket will bring.

Left to right: SuperDry, Weekday, Joules

Left: Yellow jacket, £79.99, SuperDry; Middle: Purple cropped puffer, £55, Weekday; Right: Red padded jacket, £59.95, Joules

Great Lengths

Looking for the ultimate duvet coat? Opt for a long women’s puffer coat style that finishes on the knee or below for real snuggle value. For a more shapely silhouette try one with a belt to nip you in at the waist and streamline your look or go for a women’s gilet style to limit the amount of padding.

Left to right: Mango, Monki, M&Co

Left: Women’s long black puffer coat, £89.99, Mango; Middle: Long green puffer coat, £65, Monki; Right: Black sleeveless gilet coat, £49.99, M&Co

Top of the Crops

If you’re petite you may find shorter or cropped padded jacket styles more flattering. A boxy or slightly flared cut that sits on the hip will emphasise your legs, creating a longer, leaner silhouette. Look for styles where the number of padded bands is fewer as this creates a more streamlined look. ASOS is a great place to shop petite versions of popular styles.

Left to Right: Topshop, Only, ASOS Design

Left: Khaki sheen jacket, £60, Topshop Petite; Middle: Camel padded jacket, £60, Only at ASOS; Right: White padded jacket, £45, ASOS Design

If The Jacket Fits

Padded jackets might seem like they’ll add bulk to your profile but there’s plenty of thinner styles that do the job of keeping you warm just as well as any Michelin Man-inspired number. The Rab Microlight jacket is the gold standard when it comes to thinner styles but if your budget won’t stretch, Mountain Warehouse’s Seasons jacket is available in seven colours with prices currently starting from as little as £34.99. Uniqlo’s ultra light down jacket is a firm favourite as it packs down into a small pouch – perfect for keeping in the car for an extra emergency layer – while coming in at under £60.

Left: Black padded jacket, £59.90, Uniqlo; Middle: Red jacket, £200, Rab at Snow + Rock; Right: Pink quilted jacket, £34.99, Mountain Warehouse

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