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Sunday 19 August 2018

the star s who love some ext ra padding

there was a time when a puffa jacket was a purely functional garment, designed to keep stars and skiers warm in between takes filming and skiing but now it has got a glam makeover, says Dee o'keeffe

rachel bilson

Who knew a puffa wearer could look so dainty?

kylie minogue

Practical and smart

sjp

The school run mum look

Kristin Chenoweth

This is smart casual and doesn't swamp her tiny frame

una healy

Belted puffas are a popular choice

reece witherspoon

A gilet version makes for ideal sports wear

naomi watts

She looks ready for action

jessica biel

Really clever design here

Margherita Missoni

This lady makes most things shine

selma blair

A tomboy approach to the puffa

the Michelin Man comparisons are inescapable and were readily applied to the puffa jackets of old.

I remember them being around when I was but a wee thing - they were never considered fashionable but they endured and over the years have even undergone something of a transformation.

At its core, the puffa is a practical garment, frequently seen on the backs of beautiful female actors in between outdoor takes and on anyone with a set of skies.

But these days there is also a much more stream-lined puffa on offer and it can be worn over your skinny jeans, on the school run and even on the red carpet, see the ever-flawless Rachel Bilson for inspiration on that last one.

And while it maintains something of a unisex appeal, designers do now take into account the fact that for women to see the puffa as anything other than a necessary evil, the devil is all in the detail.

So a vacuum-packed, flatter style, as seen on Kristin Chenoweth and Margherita Missoni, is practical but feminine enough for us not to feel like bloated whales while wearing it.

Belts and clever cuts (see Jessica Biel's coat - it has a sniff of high fashion about it) will help women jump on board, too.

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