We can’t go anywhere without seeing this iconic 90s jacket

Written by Harriet Davey

Have you seen this puffer jacket? Us too, and it’s the nostalgic hit your winter wardrobe will benefit from.

Coats, coats, coats. At this point of winter, it’s tricky to remember leaving the house without one. Just as well then, that the offerings this year have been some of the best yet. 

Maxi coats have made it easier to go outside still wearing pyjamas underneath, classic camel cover-ups have made us feel put together with minimal effort, and then there’s duvet coats which have made getting out of bed that little bit easier.

Puffer coats are back in the game, too, and they’re quite literally bigger than ever. There’s one style in particular that’s leading the pack, though, and it’s bringing nostalgic 90s vibes: The North Face Nuptse 1996. 

Chances are, if you haven’t seen The North Face style around lately – IRL or on Instagram –then you will remember it from the 90s. The Nupte 1996 cropped jacket is the updated version of the iconic classic worn by Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Nicole Richie and Uma Therman in the early 00s. 

Now, the new iteration has been championed as a key style, worn by models Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. And it’s made its way into the wardrobes of fashion influencers all over.

When it comes to demand for The North Face puffer jackets, this has also increased since the recent collaboration with Gucci. The fashion house announced the collection on TikTok back in September 2020 and since then, search engine Lyst has seen a 71% rise in searches for the Nupse puffer jacket in particular – and it’s still increasing.

Naturally, The North Face x Gucci collection gained an instant wait list, was snapped up by the fashion elite as soon as it dropped in January this year and sold out in a matter of minutes. 

Anyone who wasn’t able to get their hands on the Gucci edition has instead been relying on the The North Face Nuptse style to get a piece of the puffer action, and it comes in an array of colours. The super puffy jacket filled with responsibly sourced down is also water-resistant for soggy wintery days, has a packable hood to suit the unpredictable British weather and is also surprisingly lightweight. 

Many 90s trends come back around – with boob tubes, low-rise jeans and even popper tracksuit bottoms proving popular lately. Thankfully, the puffer jacket is one that’s equal measures stylish and practical.

Here’s our pick of some of the best cropped puffer jackets to snap up now. 

  • The North Face jacket

    The North Face jacket

    The jacket style that’s stealing the show is the contrast colour Nuptse 1996. Get it an a selection of different colour ways or block hues. 

    Shop 1996 retro nuptse jacket at The North Face, £250


  • Monki jacket

    Monki jacket

    In six different colours and prints and available in sizes XXS-XL, this Monki style made from recycled polyester is a winner. The hood is also a wet-weather bonus. 

    Shop cropped puffer jacket at Monki, £50


  • Superdry jacket

    Superdry jacket

    This two-tone puffer has a double zip to allow more room for layers. Super cosy with several five star reviews, it’s a perfect winter hero item. 

    Shop sportstyle code puffer at Superdry, £99.99


  • Cos jacket

    Cos jacket

    If you want a coat that will do it all, look no further than Cos. With some clever zips, you can transform this puffer from a full length coat to a cropped jacket or even into a sleeveless gilet. It’s also made form recycled polyester and you can get it in black. 

    Shop 3-in-1 hybrid puffer jacket at Cos, £290


  • Zara jacket

    Zara jacket

    For a twist on a classic, go for a faux leather style that’ll add instant luxe to your outfit. Try it out with tailored trousers and trainers. 

    Shop faux leather puffer jacket at Zara, £59.99


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