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A vintage wardrobe built on the classics has the advantage of never being in or out of style, but beyond it.

Vogue Paris 1948 Illustration by Carl Erickson
Vogue Paris 1948; Illustration: Carl Erickson

Even if I don’t necessarily follow fashion trends, I know what’s in style, and sometimes pull out pieces from my closet that are trending—velvet, animal prints, top handle bags. However, I’m also happy to just wear what I like because I don’t particularly want to look like everyone else, thank you very much.

With vintage, I’ve got the pastand sometimes the originalversion of a trend, rather than the current reiteration. Dressing this way makes you appreciate just how cyclical fashion really is. Yet some styles endure: over the decades of his tenure at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has done a zillion variations of Coco’s tweed suit and it still looks fresh and chic season after season. It’s a design that is truly iconic and timeless.

Karl Lagerfeld: ModemethodePhotography by Albrecht Fuch
Karl Lagerfeld: ModemethodePhotography by Albrecht Fuch

So it is with some amusement that a recent thrift store find has landed me smack in the middle of a sartorial trend: the puffer coat. According to whowhatwear, it is all the rage right now, especially in New York.

I spotted this ESPRIT down and feather jacket on the mannequin and immediately tried it on. It looked great but I wasn’t sure it was for me. I have a coat collection/obsession that at current count, distributed over three closets, is, ahem, 40.  Until now, there was not a single puffer coat in my wardrobe. So it would certainly be an outlier among my outerwear: it’s utterly modern, on-trend, and it’s a bright, icy white.

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In a size 4, it is quite a fitted jacket. Plus, a few cleverly angled seams avoid the Michelin Man look. I liked the clean lines and the stylish snaps. It’s perfect for the present bleak mid-winter, but will also transition easily into Spring since it’s short and both the hood and the trim around it is removable. Needless to say, after a bit of hesitation, I decided to buy it.

I’m not sure why this puffer was rejected and donated, but I’m certainly glad it was. I wore it yesterday with jeans and my Stuart Weisman 5050 boots. Even though it’s a more casual vibe than I usually sport, it’s fun. And that’s the great advantage of thrifting—you can try out something different without spending a lot.

Now, if only I was going to New York.

 

If you want to give the puffer coat trend a whirl, here are some great styles:

Weekend Max Mara

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SAM.

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 Mackage; Canada

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Moncler

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Canada Goose

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