Harry Styles Proves That The North Face’s Nuptse Puffer Is the Best Winter Jacket
YOU’VE PROBABLY seen this MVP winter coat a gazillion times this season, usually on IG influencers or guys with great taste. Wherever you go in any big city, this cold-weather outerwear hero somehow follows. And since this happens to be The North Face’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, its chokehold on our winter wardrobe rotation won’t end anytime soon. Especially with Harry Styles recently cementing its status as the best winter jacket for the money.
This is not the first time the “Watermelon” singer was seen sporting the same puffer jacket of a different color: just a few months ago, Styles wore the “Yellowtail” colorway in Boston. But this time, in London, the singer had on the iconic North Face piece in black while hanging out with a friend. Kind of makes you wonder: just how many different colors of the 1996 Retro Nupste Jacket does he actually own?
And clearly, the pop star who’s also a bona fide street-style icon (cue the time he showed out in a pink hoodie and Vuori’s Kore shorts), loves a good throwback. The Nuptse jacket, dubbed after a mountain in the Himalayas, was first released in 1996, and to this day still dons the recognizable vintage design that we have come to love: a boxy fit with subtle branding in a monochromatic colorway (although The North Face has brought the style back with a slew of fun, two-tone color-blocks). And it has remained just as effective against the cold as it once was with an impressive lofty 700-fill goose down—to which The North Face has given its highest rating in warmth, making the puffer jacket the warmest in the brand’s outerwear catalog yet.
What explains even more about the Nuptse’s vast popularity is perhaps its updated functionality. Despite a lofty down fill, it’s still extremely compressible and can be stored and stowed as a packable down jacket for traveling. Its new water-repellent, wind-resistant shell can also better weatherproof you.
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And to think the 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket only costs less than $400 compared to other winter performance outerwear which can set you back a north of $1,000. Makes sense that Styles has stocked up his wardrobe with more than one colorway. Not that he needs to concern about splurging on clothes, but having a few stylishly wearable getups that can be easily thrown on to fend off the cold is something even the A-listers can appreciate, not just us average joes.
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Maverick Li is the Style & Commerce Editor of Men’s Health, where he covers clothing, footwear, watches, and grooming. He was previously the Assistant Commerce Editor at Esquire.
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