27 really good puffers

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A number of you have been after me to cover this category, sooner than later, so here you go. I often default to black when it comes to choosing a color for my puffer, but I very much like this oversized army green one from Acne Studios. I also like that you have the option to cinch the waist if you so choose.

That’s real shearling on the collar of this military-ish number, which is on the splurgy side but is also marked down.

I hear great things about Everlane’s sleeping bag puffer, and it looks cozy as all get-out.

A very Chanel-ish number that would be great for layering under a coat.

This very stylish and surprisingly cheap jacket was the best-selling item I featured on GOACA last year. Now they’ve made it in a really good red, and I’m not certain I can resist.

I’m kind of nuts for the fun colorblock on this one from Kule.

And this one looks very excellently like ski jackets people wore back in the 70s. I also like the combination of brown and powder blue.

I’m intrigued by Down Official, a brand-new direct-to-consumer outerwear brand, and this is their debut women’s jacket, which is purportedly super, super-warm, and has a removable faux fur hood and shell.

The collar on this Cos jacket is really smart, as is the silhouette.

Another Everlane option that looks like it would weather the elements handily.

This is based on J. Crew’s best-selling coat of all time, and it’s water-resistant, which is a big plus. It also rings in at under $150.

I like a faux fur-lined hood, but most of them look so fake. This one doesn’t however, and I dig the length too.

Here’s another well-priced option that comes in an enticing variety of colors.

This chic little specimen is from Herno and it’s not cheap, but I feel like you could get away with wearing it to pretty much the fanciest of parties.

The off-white hue here is exactly perfect, and I like that it’s slightly cropped too.

Uniqlo has a ton of good puffer options—they’re famous for it—but I’m partial to this one because it is both long and lightweight.

Why not a blue and black leopard print puffer? I also quite dig the leather trim.

This quilted number from Ganni is on the lightweight side, but I think it’s really classic (with a twist) and chic.

This one is packable, which is handy, and because it’s so lightweight it’d be excellent for layering.

I’m dying  for this faux-leather choice: it’s super-chic, and looks just like the real thing.

But I may want this denim puffer even more—it’s just so cool.

I like the retroish print on this corduroy option from Madewell.

The quilting on this one is slightly nuts, but I kind of love it. And I’m very much liking the bright, saturated blue too.

Here’s one that’ll be desperately warm—it’s The North Face, after all. And it’d be ideal for runners, I think, because it’s so cropped.

I like the tie-fastenings and off-kilter collar here.

The exterior of this funnel-neck coat is made of recycled nylon.

And finally: this Stella McCartney for Adidas puffer is sold out in some sizes, but I had to show it anyway, because I think the little details—like the big pockets and slightly off-to-the-side zipper—are really good.

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    HickfromStyx
    26 Nov 2019
    11:51am

    Puffer jackets that can be layered under other coats are a very good thing. In extreme cold, they save the day. In windy conditions, they save the day. I’ve started buying outerwear a size bigger and slightly less fitted for this reason. I even wear puffers under puffers. This also solves the problem of wet-cold weather, with a warm layer and a waterproof layer. Down isn’t always necessary for warmth in the under layer.

    Thank you for another very helpful post, Kim.

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    Renée
    28 Nov 2019
    6:34pm

    Terrifically helpful selection, Kim. Thanks for the thorough research.
    Reminds me of the winter weeks I spent checking coats in the extra narrow coat check room of Chatfield’s years ago. Dinner guests coming in after shopping wearing down coats gave me fits; not enough room to turn around! Where will the shopping bags go? Full length furs were a nightmare, too, for the bulk – among other issues
    Got my much less fashionable down parka a few years ago when the power went out and I needed it to stay warm indoors.
    Your post will help me find a replacement.

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    Dana D
    26 Nov 2019
    9:13am

    Oh my, love them, each one!

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    Eloise
    26 Nov 2019
    10:39am

    Thank you!!!! These are great!!!! (And, fyi, the Stella McCartney runs really big – alas, too big for me) but is great looking in person.

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    Ellie
    27 Nov 2019
    2:16pm

    The WNY native/Midwesterner in me is horrified by the idea of a puffer coat with 3/4 sleeves. What on earth is the purpose? Is it for when it’s cold enough for a parka but your wrists are running hot? So many questions…

    Also, the OG source for warm, durable, reliable-and-occasionally-super-cute puffers is Lands End. Bonus: all of them come with full-length sleeves

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    Tamara
    26 Nov 2019
    11:38am

    Bought the amazon coat in red. Don’t resist.

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    Joannawnyc
    26 Nov 2019
    11:17am

    Gap and Everlane also have puffer jackets made entirely of recycle polyester and recycled down.

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    Stephanie
    26 Nov 2019
    11:18am

    These are lovely. I would add that for anyone interested in avoiding unnecessary cruelty to animals — like if you avoid fur on grounds of cruelty — look for down that has not been plucked from live birds. It sounds counter-intuitive, but live plucking is so brutal that it’s kinder to get the feathers from birds that have been humanely euthanized first. These birds are usually treated better overall, too. The last I looked only Patagonia was absolutely reliably dead-plucked, but hopefully by this time more retailers have come around. The EU has already banned it.

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      Kim France
      26 Nov 2019
      12:04pm

      Oh, that is rather horrifying.

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    Another Rebecca
    26 Nov 2019
    5:31pm

    I had a denim puffer with removable sleeves when I was in middle school. The sleeves had snaps all around to (very noisily) make a vest.

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    Kathi
    26 Nov 2019
    12:57pm

    Bought the Amazon coat last year & love it. The above red one is so good, wish I needed another one! As Tamara says, don’t resist.

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    Mae
    26 Nov 2019
    12:58pm

    I just ordered the Everlane one so fast I broke a nail.

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    Jax
    26 Nov 2019
    1:31pm

    I just saw this intriguing wool puffer on Garnet Hill. Intrigues me, because I like the fabric more than the usual shiny-ish puffer fabric.

    https://www.garnethill.com/cropped-wool-womens-puffer-coat/549880

    Wish the Ganni came in dark gray or black. The Free People one is very intriguing too!

    (BTW, Kim, is it supposed to do something, when I click yes for wanting to register on GOACA? Nothing comes up.)

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    sarah jones
    1 Dec 2019
    11:36am

    It’s funny to me that the the “real” brands seem to be knocking-off the Amazon coat this year. Circle of life 🙂

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    AK
    26 Nov 2019
    9:28pm

    “ideal for runners” – what do you mean by this? As long-time runner, I would absolutely swelter in down and moreover a down jacket is not designed to let enough body moisture escape, it would just get soggy and then clammy inside. And yes, I’ve run in Northeast winters and single-digit temps…

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      Kim France
      27 Nov 2019
      9:59am

      I thought that jacket would be ideal for runners because it’s cropped, but I’m the first to admit I know next to nothing about running, and should probably should have gone for another angle. My apologies.

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        AK
        1 Dec 2019
        12:05pm

        I appreciate the reply!

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    Erin
    27 Nov 2019
    1:18am

    A warning – the sizing on that Stella McCartney/Adidas coat runs very large. I recently bought that in an XS and it was much too big for me (and I’m not usually an Xsmall, 5’4, 135 lbs.). The arms are particulary Michelan-man-y!

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