Cute, comfy and oh-so-warm, puffer jackets are the MVPs of any winter wardrobe. But when it comes to finding the right puffer, the options can be overwhelming: Do you go for down-filled or synthetic? Black or brightly colored? Cropped or full-on wearable blanket?
To help get you started, we talked to professional stylists about their favorite puffers for men and women in a variety of lengths, fills and price ranges. Shop their picks below to stay toasty and stylish no matter how cold it gets.
Long puffer jackets for women
Gap Big Puff Coat
$228 at Gap
Fashion director, stylist and vintage shop owner Loredana Buonopane says that while this Gap jacket “looks and feels heavyweight,” it “doesn’t have that Michelin Man effect so many puffers can give you.” Gap’s jacket is also made from recycled materials and features a warm, water-resistant Primaloft fill, making it a great pick for anyone looking to avoid down.
Old Navy Water-Resistant Long Duvet Puffer Coat for Women
$99 $69 at Old Navy
Fashion stylist Liz Rundbaken praises this affordable coat’s “flattering fit” and loves that it has “stay-warm staple features like the high neck.” The coat comes in sage, black or beige and sizes XS to 4XL.
Banana Republic Long Hooded Puffer Jacket
$220 $110 at Banana Republic
New York City-based wardrobe stylist Gloria Cospito loves that this Banana Republic puffer is both stylish and practical: “The straps inside the coat that make it truly unique — they allow you to wear the coat over your shoulders without having to put your arms in the sleeves.” The coat features a relaxed fit that’s great for layering and a 100% down fill.
Canada Goose Alliston Parka
$1,150 at Canada Goose
While expensive, Rundbaken says that Canada Goose coats are “worth every penny” and calls her own Canada Goose “one of the smartest closet investments I ever bought. It’s the No. 1 reason I don’t dread New York winters anymore.” She particularly recommends the Alliston Parka because “it’s more fashion-forward than technical-looking,” adding that “all Canada Goose products now adhere to the Responsible Down Standard.”
Woolrich Prescott Parka
$550 at Woolrich
Cassandra Sethi, a personal stylist and image consultant with Next Level Wardrobe, calls Woolrich “a go-to for cold weather needs” and praises the Prescott Parka’s generous hood and versatile length. The jacket comes in deep blue, forest green, black or ivory and features a concealed zipper for a sleeker fit.
Crop puffer jackets for women
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Puffer Parka
$100 at Uniqlo
Uniqlo dominates the world of affordable winter wear, and Rundbaken says that the brand’s “super-light” puffers are “perfect for layering to instantly winterize any jacket or sweater.” She particularly loves this shorter model, which is offered in four colors and comes with a convenient storage pouch for travel.
Aritzia The Super Puff Shorty
$225 at Aritzia
Aritzia’s super-popular Super Puffs come in a huge range of colors and fabrics. Cospito especially likes the “liquid shine finish,” which transforms the coat into “an interesting statement piece.” All the Super Puffs are also very, very warm, with responsibly sourced goose down and a temperature rating to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Gap Big Puff Cropped Jacket
From $148 at Gap
If you really want to stand out in a sea of black winter coats, Rundbaken recommends this shorter, more colorful version of Gap’s heavyweight puffer. “It comes in some beautiful vibrant colors to combat the winter doldrums,” she says, including a bright fuschia, fire truck red and icy blue. And as with most of Gap’s clothing, this coat comes in regular, petite and tall sizing.
Free People Pippa Packable Puffer
$198 at Free People
This ultra-portable Free People jacket folds into its own pocket, meaning you can easily stash it in your suitcase (or even use it as a travel pillow) when you’re not wearing it. With vivid color options like Magenta Disco (pictured above), Cospito calls it “an eye-catching layering piece that will work through early spring and in autumn as well.”
A&F Vegan Leather Mini Puffer
$180 at Abercrombie
Buonopane loves that this Abercrombie & Fitch jacket “feels like a cross between a motorcycle jacket and puffer.” The cropped length also makes it great for wearing with high-rise jeans. If you’re not quite ready for the bold leather finish, the stylish cut comes in multiple fabric and color options (including a creamy faux mohair and a plaid wool blend).
H&M Hooded Puffer Jacket
$50 at H&M
This H&M jacket features polyester fill and a recycled lining, and it’s just the right level of puffiness. “I love how the length just covers the booty and the drawstring at the bottom seals out cold breezes,” Rundbaken says. She also likes how “the hood is cleanly incorporated into the high padded collar” and, of course, the coat’s at a $50 price tag. In addition to the three neutral brown tones, you can also snag it in red and black.
Mid-length puffer jackets for women
REI Outdoor Research Coldfront Down Hoodie
$229 at REI
Sethi loves that the design details of this hip-length puffer “are executed so well to keep the cold out. It includes thumb holes, an adjustable hood and zippered pockets.” REI’s sizing runs from XS to 2XL and comes in three different colors.
The North Face Westcliffe 600-Fill-Power Down Jacket
$230 From $115 at Dick’s Sporting Goods
“Puffer jackets can often look so heavy,” says Sethi, “so I love this lightweight one with powerful down fill and an adjustable waist.” The coat comes in classic black, a creamy white or this muted green.
Michael by Michael Kors Faux Fur Trim Chevron Quilted Nylon Belted Puffer Coat
From $159 at Michael Kors
You’re sure to stand out in this glamorous Michael Kors coat, which Buonopane says reminds her of “a space-age, ’60s ski bunny.” She adds that “if the metallic silver feels a little too out of this world for you, it comes in black.”
Puffer jackets for men
L.L.Bean Men’s Mountain Classic Down Parka
$189 at L.L. Bean
Rundbaken recommends this classic parka from L.L.Bean, a brand known for quality cold weather gear and excellent customer service. This parka is one of the warmest the company makes, with 650-fill DownTek Insulation and a wind- and rain-resistant shell. It comes in three colors and both regular and tall sizing
Uniqlo Men’s Seamless Down Long Coat
$200 at Uniqlo
Uniqlo has tons of great puffer options for men too. Rundbaken likes this windproof, water-repellent model, which features a sleek matte finish and a seamless cut. The hood is also fully removable, while the crisp stand collar makes the coat both warm and office-ready.
Alpha Industries N-3B Quilted Parka Jacket
$300 at Alpha Industries
Buonopane loves that this Alpha Industries coat features lots of handy pockets and an adjustable hood that’ll help “get you through any winter storm.” It comes in black, black camo or deep army green, and those looking to avoid down will be happy to know it’s made from 100% polyester.
Nordstrom Yarmouth Water-Resistant Puffer Jacket
$295 at Nordstrom
“A fleece-lined hood puts this puffer in winter wear staple status,” Cospito says. The puffer also features a neoprene trim on the cuffs to trap warmth.
Fjallraven Expedition Long Down Parka
$600 at Fjallraven
For outdoor adventures on the coldest days of the year, Rundbaken recommends Fjallraven’s ultra-warm Expedition Parka. It combines the unbeatable insulation of ethically sourced down with the water resistance of synthetic fill, and also features an adjustable hood, pockets with both side and top openings and a two-way zipper.
Short puffer jackets for men
Save the Ducks Men’s Nathan Faux Fur-Lined Hooded Jacket
$278 at Save The Duck
Rundbaken likes that this wind-resistant, quick-drying jacket comes in so many vivid colors (eight, to be exact!) and features a faux fur lining for added warmth and coziness. She also praises Save the Ducks for making coats that are animal- and planet-friendly without compromising on cold weather performance.
Banana Republic Water-Repellent Puffer Jacket
$298 $78 at Banana Republic
Cospito loves the bright blue shade of this 100% down Banana Republic puffer as well as the fact that it “features hands-free straps on the inside for over-the-shoulder wear.” The coat also features a storm flap behind the front zipper to keep the cold out.
Vince Herringbone Quilted Puffer Jacket
$425 at Amazon
With its stand collar, snap closure and on-seam pockets, this sleek Vince jacket is perfect for when you want a warm coat that’s more suited to the office than the slopes. “Herringbone is such a classic textile design,” Sethi says, adding that it “really elevates this puffer-style jacket.”
Filson Ultralight Hooded Jacket
$245 at Outland USA
For warmth without the bulk, Sethi recommends this lightweight option from Filson. “I like the vertical quilting on this jacket, and the Primaloft Gold insulation has great performance properties as an alternative to down,” she says. The jacket comes in sizes XS to 3XL and black, olive gray or gold ochre fabric.
ASOS Design Puffer Jacket with Detachable Hood
$86 $69 at ASOS
This stylish ASOS puffer comes in a size range from 2XS to 4XL with four additional options to fit longer torsos. Plus, it’s pretty affordable coming in at just under $70.
Burberry Reversible Checked Quilted Shell Hooded Down Jacket
$1,850 at Saks Fifth Avenue
While absolutely a splurge, Buonopane loves that this bold Burberry jacket features the brand’s “iconic plaid” and is super warm while also making “a statement.”