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Where Can I Find: Down Jackets That Are Warm and Stylish?

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Uniqlo U look book photo featuring model wearing beige puffer coat. Uniqlo U Lightweight Down Jacket, $99

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Every winter brings the same push and pull of fashion and function. You know good and well you should go and buy one of those practical sleeping-bag down puffer coats you probably haven’t thought of since one was forced upon you as a child. But I get it — they can be so bulky and basic, and because Heattech exists, why bother?

This season, thanks to designers like Stella McCartney and Raf Simons — who are just a few of many incorporating the style into their winter collections — the coat that was once the ultimate sign of giving up has made an unexpected comeback.

Below, four brands I suggest scoping out if you’re looking to pick one up yourself.

Uniqlo: If nothing else, Uniqlo is the go-to stop for practical clothes at great price points. Like most things in the store, its selection of down coats come in neutral hues like black, navy, and beige. The Ultra-Light Stretch Coat ($129) is a fitted, functional move, while the Wool Blend Down Jacket ($111) makes for more of a fashion-first approach. Both are dead-of-winter approved.

Adidas by Stella McCartney: The collaboration, first launched in 2013, has been a huge success thanks to its near-perfect interpretation of McCartney’s namesake line for everyday, active pieces at a way lower price point. The collection offers a handful of fashion-forward outerwear options, from belted silhouettes to metallic colors, making the down jacket selection far from basic.

Herno: The century-old European brand first entered the market with raincoats after perfecting waterproof cotton. Today, it’s making some of the most on-trend, chic outerwear. The prices are definitely on the higher end — most options will run you upwards of $700 — but Herno is a great alternative to some of the less stylized brands with similar price tags. You’ll find tons of exaggerated padding throughout the brand’s selection in cropped and full-body options.

Patagonia: There are few things more obvious than suggesting Patagonia for a winter coat, but hey, it knows what it’s doing. Easy-wear aside, these coats come with serious technology, like insulated, ultra-lightweight materials and removable belts and hoods — perfect if your home base drops into the negatives during winter.