25 Best Puffer Jackets for Women 2023 – WWD

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25 Best Puffer Jackets for Women 2023 – WWD

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Winter is coming, which means it’s time to stock up on warm wardrobe essentials like chunky knits, cozy cashmere, sweater dresses, and leather pants. But there’s no better way to take on the cold weather and freezing temps than in a puffer jacket. Whether you’re hitting the slopes in Aspen or making a Trader Joe’s run, the best puffer jackets for women can work for every occasion — from ultra-warm, long puffer coats for snow days to lightweight jackets for less bulky layering. No matter what your plans look like, investing in a warm, durable puffer jacket is key to protecting you (and your outfits!!) from snow, rain, wind, and chilly temps. With so many options, you can rest assured that there’s a perfect puffer (or two) for all your winter needs. 

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Although puffers have once been deemed too frumpy or bulky to be chic, a rising number of brands are now putting a modern twist on the classic puffer jacket to make it layering-friendly, chic, and ultra-warm. Of course, you can always rely on classic cold-weather brands like The North Face for timeless puffer jackets that keep you toasty and covered for any winter activity. However, there are also several rising outerwear brands to watch, like The Very Warm, that are weaving unexpected colors, playful patterns, and bold design elements into the world of puffer jackets. And thanks to more sustainable materials and new down alternatives, familiar favorites like J.Crew, Everlane, and Aritizia deliver puffy coats that seriously pack the warmth power without breaking the bank. 

Considering all that, shop all the best puffer jackets for women this season below — from lightweight, packable essentials to heavy-duty warm designs. Plus, a fashion expert shares helpful tips on what to consider when buying a puffer coat.  

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You can never go wrong with a classic black puffer jacket, and The North Face’s puffer collection is proof of that. For a warm, insulated, and not-too-bulky puffer with some retro flair, the brand’s signature 1996 Nuptse Jacket is a favorite. Available in a range of colorways, including classic black and two-tone combos ranging from pink to winter white, the hip-length jacket is a staple in any winter wardrobe. It’s insulated with 700-fill goose down, offering maximum warmth for the chilliest winter days, and features a water-repellent outer shell for snow or rain. Reviewers love how easy it is to style into their winter wardrobe (as also evidenced by Emily Ratajkowski, who was just spotted wearing the brown version).  

What reviewers say: “I’ve never owned a Nuptse before I got this, but it lives up to its hype and its price. Sturdy and insulated as promised. Comfy while being a cute closet piece. This jacket is very much worth it and my new go to.”

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket $320 Buy Now at north face

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If you don’t know the Amazon Coat, now you do. Despite the fact that it’s been a top-rated, coveted style for the last several winters, its popularity and versatility aren’t slowing down anytime soon. The bottom line is: it’s gone viral for a good reason. The affordable under $150 price tag offers warmth (in the form of down and feather fill) and style and features useful zipper pockets and a cozy fleece-lined hood. With ten colors to choose from, there’s something for every winter wardrobe. 

What reviewers say: “This is a well-designed coat. Lots of pockets, adjustable sides and front so you can make the coat bigger or smaller as needed, and a hood. I haven’t had a chance to wear it in the frozen depths of winter yet but it feels really warm; warmer than my down jackets. I looked all over for loose threads or sewing problems and couldn’t find anything. I’m only 5’2″ and am so thankful that the sleeve design means I don’t have to bring the sleeves to a tailor to get them shortened like I have to for all my clothes. It’s a comfortable, well-designed coat for a good price. I can see why it is so popular now!”

Orolay Mid-Length Puffer Jacket $149.99 Buy Now AT AMAZON

Made using recycled polyester (from 60 renewed plastic water bottles) and extra warm recycled PrimaLoft insulation, Everlane’s ReNew Puffer is amongst its top-rated for winter. The long puffer is slightly oversized just above the knee for a roomy fit that’s ideal for layering over even your bulkiest of winter sweaters. In addition, the design features a drawstring hood and drawstring waist for a more flattering, cinched look. 

What reviewers say: “Very pleased after receiving it, the jacket itself is so heavy and quality, but does not add too much weight after putting it on. So warm and solid in cold and windy days, wearing it everyday, color is also lovely, stands out in black crowds. Sizing is good, still have room to add thick layer.”

Everlane ReNew Long Puffer Jacket $248 Buy Now AT EVERLANE

If heavy-duty warmth isn’t necessary for your puffer jacket needs, Amazon Essentials’ Lightweight Packable Puffer is a light, budget-friendly option. Available in over 15 colors from bright red to classic black, the hooded puffer jacket is lightweight enough so that it’s packable for travel and won’t make you too hot. It’s made of 100% polyester, so it won’t give you nearly as much warmth as a more insulated alternative. But if you’re looking for something for milder cold weather, this is your pick. Many reviewers note the sizing does run small, so you may want to size up.

What reviewers say: “The jacket itself is fine, it is very lightweight so I wouldn’t recommend for temps less than 50-60 degrees. I would also say it runs pretty small. I got my usual size and could barely zip it up with just a thin layer underneath. Pro’s are that it does not take up a whole lot of room in a suitcase.”

The Very Warm’s puffer coat collection is — unsurprisingly — very warm, thanks to its eco-friendly REPREVE 500-equivalent recycled fill (a down alternative that’s water resistant). Available in several lengths and styles, the brand’s Long Hooded Puffer hits the perfect length to keep you fully warm without feeling too long or bulky to walk in. The detachable hood and stand collar make for a stylish look, and the interior pockets and knit storm cuffs add a little extra toasty warmth and comfort. This eco-friendly style is also made from 100% recycled plastic for a more sustainable option.

The Very Warm Long Hooded Puffer Jacket $325 Buy Now at the very warm

If you prefer a puffer vest over a full jacket, this adidas take designed by Stella McCartney is a warm, sporty option for cool weather. Layer it over turtlenecks or heat-technology gear to maximize warmth. The stand collar and side zippers allow extra coverage and room when layering the vest over sweaters — or under your winter coat. The heavyweight fabric is designed for extra warmth and can be machine-washed.

adidas by Stella McCartney Puffer Vest $220 Buy Now at amazon

adidas by Stella McCartney Puffer Vest $220 Buy Now at adidas

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If you’re looking for heavy-duty warmth for skiing and snowboarding, Nike’s ThermaFit City jacket is a must-try. The extra warm, down-filled puffer coat is made using Nike’s fabric technology that regulates the body’s natural heat. The full-length is slightly oversized, but reviewers say it feels like a giant duvet cover. It’s also machine washable. 

What reviewers say: “This was the third long puffer I purchased because I really wanted something warm AND cute. It took me a little getting used to because it’s pretty oversized (it runs BIG – I could definitely wear a couple sweaters underneath). It’s basically like wearing a sleeping bag. I got it in pink and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get whenever I wear it. I’ve had people stop me on the street to compliment me and ask about it. My only regret is buying it right before it went on sale….But still worth it.”

Nike Sportswear ThermaFit City Series Parka $305  $259.87 Buy Now at nike

Nike Sportswear ThermaFit City Series Parka $300 Buy Now at nordstrom

Stand out amongst a sea of classic nylon puffer jackets with this sleek vegan leather design by Apparis. The faux leather option is available in black, cream, and brown, featuring a snug stand collar, hidden buttons, and a hip-length cut. Is it the warmest puffer jacket in the world? No. But is it the coolest? It may be. It’s worth it for topping off all those cute outfits you don’t want to ruin with a giant winter coat. 

What reviewers say: “This jacket is so cute, soft and warm. It fits like a glove. I have never had a vegan jacket and this one feels and looks like leather, only better. The quality is amazing. The color is beautiful. I got the Cocoa color and I love it.”

Apparis Jemma Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $395 Buy Now AT NORDSTROM

Apparis Jemma Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $395 Buy Now at revolve

Apparis Jemma Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $395 Buy Now AT SHOPBOP

Apparis Jemma Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $385 Buy Now AT FARFETCH

Apparis Jemma Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $395 Buy Now at apparis

Girlfriend Collective is known for its sustainable fabrics and its Long Puffer, made of 100% recycled plastic water bottles, is no exception. The full-length jacket, available in black and neutral, is ideal for optimal warmth and toastiness (several reviewers compare it to wearing a giant duvet cover blanket). A removable hood, ribbed knit cuffs, and fleece-lined pockets provide extra warmth and comfort. It’s also wind-resistant, water-repellent, and, according to the brand, can keep you warm in temps as low as 18-28 °F. 

What reviewers say: “This soft, cozy long coat is like being wrapped in a puffy blanket. Very warm in 20 degree weather. The coat goes to the midcalf and if your stride is too long, the zipper will give way to allow you to take that stride. While I am happy with the purchase, I knew I was buying it for function not style. It provides no shaping like a North Face does.”

Girlfriend Collective Black Long Puffer Jacket $300 Buy Now AT SSENSE

There’s something undeniably chic about a winter white coat moment — and this Tory Sport number captures that perfectly. Whether you’re trekking through Aspen or commuting to work, this quilted-down puffer is guaranteed to look stylish no matter what. Made with naturally insulating down, it’s extra warm for cold temps, and its loose fit is ideal for layering over chunky knits. Other details you’ll love? A stand collar, detachable hood, and two-way zippers.

Tory Sport Hooded Quilted Down Jacket $645 Buy Now at net-a-porter

If you’re looking for fashion over function (or live somewhere it doesn’t get too blistering cold), this cropped puffer packs a style punch. Its short style and outsized puffy hood make a statement. Of course, no cropped puffer will get you as much warmth as a full-length, down-insulated puffer, but this one is surprisingly puffy and warm for its size.

What reviewers say: “This is a beautifully made jacket, very substantial and a step up from the usual puffer jackets that are everywhere.”

25 Best Puffer Jackets for Women 2023 – WWD

Cropped Puffer Jacket Cream Avec Les Filles Cropped Puffer Coat $139 Buy Now at NORDSTROM