The 14 Best Puffer Coats to Shop This Season
For as much as we love summer's slinky dresses and sleeveless tops, we sure do look forward to puffer jacket season a lot. Why do we love them so much? For one, they're basically just sleeping bags that are socially acceptable to wear outside, but they're also the perfect piece to play up your modern, cool girl style.
In so many ways, they're the opposite of the trench coat, nothing sleek or rigid about them. They're unapologetically big, poofy, boxy, and straight fun. Plus they come in endless materials, patterns, and color combinations. Want a leather puffer with a turtleneck top, or an electric blue style with a faux fur trim? Done and done.
Click through to see our absolute favorite puffer jackets to buy this season.
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Levi's Tri-Stripe Puffer Jacket
The French flag colorblocking on this puffer gives us throwback winter Olympian vibes, and the effect feels oddly relevant. Take this piece on vacation from the slopes to apres-ski.
Theory Asymmetric Striped Puffer Jacket
The pinstripes over navy blue evoke suiting material, but this cropped puffer comes off more weekend than workwear. Add this fun piece to your closet for a fashion pick-me-up through the cooler months.
Eileen Fisher Quilted Down Jacket
Eileen Fisher has always been a by women-for women brand. It's hard to imagine a puffer coat looking elegant and timeless until you see this one, which plays with silhouettes as well as expectations.
Avec Les Filles Insulated Step Hem Puffer Coat
This sweeping, knee-length puffer coat calms our nerves with its dusty rose tone. Its stepped hem keeps things modern without being too over-the-top.
Stüssy Realtree Eli Puffer Coat
While we never thought we'd feature Real Tree pattern on a recommended item, let alone one made by '90s skate brand, Stussy, the trend cycle is a surprising and delightful force. The natural follow-up to many seasons of camo behind us (although, perhaps it's still relevant), this hunter print is incredibly eye-catching when taken out of context. And who better to bring it to our attention than the brand we remember for it's middle school-era etched 'S's? Gotta let counter-culture lead the way.
Yves Salomon Orange Shearling Trim Puffer Jacket
This Parisian brand is staking its claim as outerwear king of the season. With tons of puffers and faux furs in novel styles, we're almost ready to hand our wardrobe planning over to it entirely (well, if it weren't for all the other amazing pieces on this list.) This particularly arresting coat combines two bold shades in two clashy textures, but the drama of it all actually works for us.
Splendid Dakota Puffer Coat
We've seen silver outerwear popping up since as early as this summer, with familiar Instagrammers and celebs donning glassy, silver trenches and moto jackets. Finally, the time has come to bring this mirrored glaze to our favorite insulated outerwear: the puffer.
American Apparel Unisex Duckie Puffer Jacket
You may not have thought about American Apparel in the last few years since their very public bankruptcy. But, since being bought by Gildan, the brand has done some serious growing up. This voluminous puffer, which comes in black and Gen Z yellow, has a thick outer shell making it completely rainproof, and two sets of pockets. The fabric and trimmings are unimpeachably sturdy, and yet somehow this jacket costs less that $100, a rarity for quality outerwear. Get one in each color and always have a Duckie coat to match your mood.
Nanushka Hide Faux Leather Puffer Jacket
Nanushka has a way of anticipating what we want before we even know it. Case in point: this puffer-meets-leather jacket that seems fit for every type of outing, and an instant signature.
Canada Goose Approach Summit Puffer Jacket
This Canada Goose puffer is such a hot commodity that it's already beginning to sell out, and it's not even available for shipment yet. Luckily, InStyle has had a chance to preview this piece, which launches on Black Friday, and we agree that it's worth the hype — and then some. First off: that pink, though. We can't think of a more welcome shout of joy to shrug over our shoulders on gray, chilly days. Most importantly, though, this epic feat of breathable insulation is twice as comfortable and wearable as the next performance puffer that comes your way.
RYU Ethos Bomber Jacket
If you're looking for the perfect "just stole my boyfriend's jacket" look, well, here it is. It's perfect, in fact, because it's actually a men's coat. This puff-sleeved bomber fits snug on the wrist, and creates the perfect oversized look with its soft, structured body. It's so good, in fact, that it might become his "just stole my girlfriend's jacket" look, after all.
Opening Ceremony Faux Fur Trim Down Puffer Coat
Sometimes you want something that'll fly under the radar, and get you through your day without too much attention. Other days, not so much. This over-the-top vision in blue by Opening Ceremony is for the times when you want to shout your look out from on top of a mountain (or a rooftop bar, whatever) — and this is the coat for those moments.
Frank and Oak The Explorer Winter Puffer Jacket with Recycled 3M™ Thinsulate™
This ultra-lightweight puffer flips into itself into a small pouch for easy packing, or stashing away when you move into warmer zones. The removable hood also makes this a versatile option for changing seasons.
Mother The High Flyer Zip-Front Puffer Jacket
This puffer jacket by denim wizard, Mother, reimagines the puffer altogether. While more familiar versions have horizontal seams across the body to the insulation in place, Mother uses stitching to evoke old-school, '70s motocross icons in an irresistible disco color palette.