Picture Will.i.am attending a tech conference in Geneva. Remember Damien Lewis in the cast of Billions. Or watch Succession. (Don’t think about Dominic Cummings’s quilted gilet.)
The puffer jacket is fast becoming what Gordon Gekko’s pinstriped suits were to Wall street– a symbol of power, success and importance. Take Jeff Bezos who in 2017 was photographed at the Sun Valley conference wearing a navy sleeveless puffer jacket with a black t-shirt, sunglasses and jeans. His outfit instantly put the gilet on the map as the jacket of choice for power players and the style soon became synonymous with tech giants worldwide.
That's right, power-hitters are turning to puffer vests. As tech titans replace bowler-hatted bankers at the top of the rich lists, they are taking their laidback look with them. Private helicopters around the world are witnessing a quiet sartorial revolution, as elite style takes a turn towards the laidback and understated. Pinstripes out; puffer vests in.
If you’re not that big in the Bay Area nor the guy that inspired Damian Lewis in Billions, you might not be able to wear what the hell you like into the office every day. No matter. You can still get your money’s worth from a well-chosen puffer vest on dress-down Fridays and weekends.
Here are SLMan’s top rated puffer vests to buy now…