Kanye’s (sold-out) cropped jacket has put some serious style weight behind the look. Now the high street has upped its game on recycled credentials – see Gap’s well-priced 100% recycled jacket. And if you’re looking for something more fashion than Uniqlo’s roll-up-and-stuff-it-in-your-bag budget option (from £49.90), you can still pick up a navy and khaki, satin-look, oversized parka from their Jil Sander J+ collection (on sale at £99.90) via the Uniqlo website.
It follows that Scandi brands know their way around a puffer jacket. Norwegian company Holzweiler’s Dovre jacket is water resistant, made using responsibly sourced down and has a temperature rating effective to −15C. Swedish brands Arket and Cos both offer recycled and upcycled options in several colourways. To maximise use, choose a neutral shade that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Arket’s grey version works just as well worn over office wear as it does with jeans. Reiss’s stone-coloured hooded version is on sale at £180, from £298. And don’t forget go-with-everything black, as seen on a casually dressed Justin Bieber courtside for a trip to the basketball, or when worn with smarter black separates. M&S’s take is water-repellent and comes in regular and long length, in sizes from small to 4XL (£69)
Riley Studio spent months developing a food-waste natural dye for their recycled nylon jacket, dyed using onion skins and rice husks to create the taupe hue. It’s a high-ticket spend but on the coldest mornings there is no better coat. It’s like wearing your duvet to work.
1. 100% recycled, £180, cosstores.com
2. Recycled nylon food waste puffer, £495, riley.studio
3. 100% recycled nylon, £43.99, gap.com
4. Boxy upcycled down, £225, arket.com
5. Responsibly sourced down, £494, holzweiler.com