We need to talk about the process of buying a coat. Nobody tells you how difficult it is to choose a warm jacket you actually like, let alone find one to invest in that will last you for the rest of your adult years. If you're anything like me—I can't seem to make a jacket decision for the life of me, especially when it comes to down coats—we've made the process a bit easier for you. We searched high and low for the best down outerwear, whether for the slopes or your commute to work, that look cute and warm without turning you into a giant, waddling cotton ball. Shop our favorite down jacket picks, ahead.
Tna Goose-Down Puffer Jacket
Best for Beginners
Celebrities from Kendall Jenner to Karlie Kloss have sported Aritzia's cool Super Puff jackets, and now it's your turn. They come in four different lengths and over 15 different colors and prints, including this beautiful iridescent mulberry shade. The jacket is made with an innovative water-repellent and wind-resistant Japanese fabric that gives when you move, so you don't feel, or look, like an emperor penguin.
Bogner Maddie Down Jacket
Best for Skiing
The details make this jacket a one-of-a-kind piece, from the back zipper that reveals a hidden logo print to the silver hardware for a modern look. Now you can properly show off your fashion acumen as well as your ski skills on the slopes.
Moncler Genius Grenoble Wool-Blend Bouclé Down Jacket
Moncler Genius' "Grenoble" is a colorful take on its signature puffer jackets. The outerwear is made from a wool-blend bouclé in a pretty mélange of royal-blue, navy, red and ivory hues. Down padding keeps out winter's harshest elements while a funnel hood keeps your hair nice and tame in the wind.
Athleta Lofty Metallic Down Jacket
Best for Standing Out
You have enough plain coats hanging in your closet, so take a risk with this metallic gold option. The jacket is lightweight with a relaxed and roomy fit, so you can easily wear a sweater or two underneath. This outerwear is a space saver too; it folds down into its own pocket once winter turns into spring.
Herno Glove Detail Puffer Jacket
Best for Someone Who Loses Gloves
Leave the gloves at home—this jacket comes with gloves built into the sleeves. This detail, coupled with the aqua blue coloring with a sheen, makes for a fashion forward statement. Style with everything from black jeans to a knit skirt and combat boots.
Fendi Reversible Belted Printed Shell Down Jacket
Best for Fendi Obsessives
Ski fanatics can be particular with their gear, so if you're looking for something luxe yet functional, try Fendi's reversible ski jacket. The red will make you stand out on the mountain, especially when you do a victory lap. This jacket is designed for a slightly looser fit, so cinch in your waist with the belt.
Nike Sportswear Down Fill Parka
Best for Sporty Folks
This long Nike coat is your trick to being wrapped up while still looking cool. It has a luscious, lightweight down fill and a high-collar hood, and the material is cut from a water-repellent taffeta so you can wear it in the rain or snow. Wear with joggers and a cool pair of athleisure sneakers.
Prada Cropped Quilted Shell Down Jacket
Best for City Life
My favorite detail on this jacket is the asymmetrical zipper that curves down the front. Velcro fastening cuffs make the outerwear tighter around your body, and a concealed hood gives a clean look. This is the kind of piece that easily works for both city life (it's stylish) and the great outdoors (it's functional).
Zara 2 in 1 Down Jacket
Best for Indecisive Buyers
From the exterior, this doesn't look like your average down coat, but once you peel off the first layer (only if you want to), a thin, down jacket is revealed. This two-in-one design is perfect for someone who wavers from cold to hot in a second; you can wear both or either of the layers alone. Another plus? The down and feathers used in this outerwear are 100 percent recycled from other textile products.
Blanc Noir Freestyle Mesh Inset Down Puffer Jacket
Best for Walking to a Workout
For a down jacket you can easily store in the tiny lockers at the gym or your barre studio, go with this one from Blanc Noir. The sporty silhouette has mesh insets on sleeves for ventilation (perfect if you ever leave a class sweaty) and is lined with down fill to keep you warm on that walk, or jog, home.
Patagonia Down With It Hooded Down Parka
Best for Freezing Temps
When winter really hits, you'll want to be wrapped up from head to toe. With a length of 38 inches, this long Patagonia coat will keep you toasty and dry as the snow falls. Since you'll wear this coat practically every day, once it looks a little haggard simply toss it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Keep in mind that when you purchase this coat, too, your money goes towards helping the planet; Patagonia donates one percent of its annual sales to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions.
H&M Lightweight Down Jacket
Best for Tiny Apartments
This lightweight jacket is perfect for slipping on if you're running a quick errand or walking the pup. It's fitted, is filled with 70 percent recycled down and 30 percent recycled feathers, and has a stand-up collar that also folds in and forms a v-neck when buttoned. If you're looking for that no-fuss outerwear that doesn't take up closet space, this is it.
Balmain Button-Embellished Houndstooth Quilted Jacket
Best for Making a Statement
Exclusive to Net-a-Porter is Balmain's aprés ski capsule collection that offers everything you need, from this houndstooth jacket to these flared pants, for your getaway to the mountains. The print is classic and gives your snowboarding outfit the fashion cred it deserves. Don't be surprised if people stop you on the slopes to pay you compliments.
The North Face Lucia Hybrid Down Jacket
Best for Runners
For runners who don't want to be weigh down by their bulky parkas, slip into this unconstricted jacket from The North Face. It offers breathability and freedom of movement with a tapered fit to the body. The sleeves also offer an extra piece of fabric that wraps tightly around your wrist, so no wind slips through. You can choose from one of four colors.
Guess Petra Faux-Fur Trim Down Jacket
Best for a Budget
This Guess jacket is unassuming and does the job if you're not looking to splurge on another outerwear for winter. It has a snug fit, a removable belt, and an optional faux-fur trim detachable hood. You can wash this jacket in a washing machine, which makes it a low maintenance winter staple.
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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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