You've never understood why some people wear sleeveless puffer jackets? You might gain a new understanding of their utility in the coming weeks thanks to covid-19 and the necessity of ventilating your home or office space more often. Increasing the flow of fresh air, and thereby lowering the concentration of indoor pollutants or contaminants in indoor air, is a necessary step for fighting the coronavirus. However, as temperatures start going down in many places, you may need to invest in warm and cozy garments such as sleeveless puffer jackets.
Just like cycling shorts or dad shoes, the sleeveless puffer jacket is one of those fashion items that we hate but still insist on wearing without really knowing why. But whether it's good news or bad news -- we'll let you make the call -– the puffer vest could become your new favorite piece this winter.
Parkas are comforting...
While fall/winter 2020-2021 fashion shows predicted the demise of parkas and puffer jackets for this season, covid-19 decided otherwise. In these times of pandemic, men and women alike need to feel protected in cozy clothes. Just like pajamas, sweatpants and slippers brought comfort to you in your home during lockdown measures, sleeveless puffer jackets could produce the same effect this winter, while working from home or during your intimate, socially distanced dinners with friends or family in your bubble.
"There is an important phenomenon with the padded, puffer jacket. As we are afraid to go outside because of the risks of pollution or diseases, we tend to stay home and limit our outings. All the outdoor practices now take place indoors, and so we need to feel protected. There's a tendency afoot to cozy up our homes and living environments like we would wrap ourselves up warm in a puffy jacket. If we stay inside more and are in search of comfort, we'll need to add protective, cocooning layers," explains Vincent Grégoire, of trend forecasting agency Nelly Rodi.
... and warm
This observation has been amplified by a safety precaution that has gained increasing weight in recent weeks: airing out the home, especially when you are in the presence of family and friends. Many health experts are advising the population to regularly renew the air to prevent coronavirus propagation. This winter, many people will be looking for the warmth and coziness offered by a puffer vest when the windows are wide open and the cold rushes in. And who cares if some people think that these jackets aren't stylish? The important thing is to feel comfortable and endure the drop in temperature at home.
"We want to wear a puffer jacket when we're outside, but also inside because we dress more casually. We may not take part in webinars with a puffer vest on while working from home, however, we aren't overly concerned by style conventions at the moment. At home, we're in a space of freedom, away from constraints, and we don't care about what people think. We just want to be at comfy and at ease," adds Vincent Grégoire.
Create a bold look
Whether we like it or not, puffer vests seem bound to be an essential wardrobe piece this winter. So we might as well accept it and wear them with style... even at home. Because you may find yourself having to wear one during improvised dinners at your place or at someone else's. So how about investing in a fun and offbeat look to stand out and make a style statement?
That's the advice of Vincent Grégoire: "You have to have fun with it, by shaking it up a bit and playing off its 'square' aspect. I like seeing people layering a puffer vest on top of an evening dress. To treat ourselves if we can't go to the restaurant, we can still dress up at home and play with the offbeat vibe. The best is when the jacket is the finishing touch for a totally unexpected outfit."