The Puffer Jackets Our Editors Are Eyeing and Buying This Winter

The Puffer Jackets Our Editors Are Eyeing and Buying This Winter
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There are things you wear for style and things you wear out of sheer necessity—and if you live in a cold climate, nothing’s as necessary as a solid puffer coat. Along the way, these cotton and down-filled jackets have gotten a reputation for being unsightly, bulky, and decidedly not cute. But in recent years, we’ve seen that idea completely dispelled. If anything, the crop of puffers hitting stores right now are cuter and more modern than a plain old wool coat.

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Our editors—experts in all things practical—highlight the puffer coats they’re eyeing and buying this winter to both stay toasty (we’re in New York City, where a polar vortex isn’t out of the question) and look cool.

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"I actually bought a similar style in navy blue—I wear a lot of black and think black and navy is so chic—but it's not available anymore. This one is super similar, and I love the length. I usually buy short puffers, so I'm excited that this one will definitely keep me warm (and stylish). –Melissa Medvedich, creative director

Zara Fleece-Lined Parka, $189; at Zara

"Last winter, I passed on buying the most amazing men's Spiewak camo parka—and I've been kicking myself ever since. I'm not making that mistake this year, and while the one I loved last year is long gone, I've found a kick-ass alternative." –Perrie Samotin, site director

Cabela's Men's MT050 Whitetail Extreme Parka with GORE-TEX and Thinsulate, $255; at Cabela's

"I spent some serious time ogling a Saint Laurent bomber before discovering this sweet version from Joe Fresh a few weeks back at a shoot. Let’s just say it hasn’t left my shoulders. It’s part of the brand’s fall men’s collection and is just about perfect in every way imaginable, including its $79 price tag." –Jess Teves, editor-in-chief

Joe Fresh Men's Bomber, $79; at Joe Fresh


"I firmly believe that puffer jacket shopping is not the time to skimp. After all, this piece will probably get more wear during winter than anything else in your wardrobe. In an effort to avoid buying black (again) this year, I’m saving up for this army green Unconditional coat. I like that it’s not as, well, puffy as your classic puffer but is still stuffed with feather down and lined with lambskin, so I know it’s going to keep me super toasty. " Jasmine Garnsworthy, editor

Unconditional Off-Centre Zip Padded Coat, $626; at Farfetch 

"In the interest of full disclosure, I will share that I will not be buying this coat this winter or any winter, as it costs about ten—OK, five—times more than what I'm looking to spend on a good winter coat. (It also hasn't actually gotten cold in New York City yet, so there's that.) I don't usually spring for puffer jackets because I'm a diminutive person who needs diminutive clothing lest I look like you could roll me down a hill, but I would absolutely make an exception for this one. It's wool, it's herringbone, it's weatherproof, it has a dope collar, it's injected with 100 to 120 grams of goose down … I don't know what that last part means, but I love it. Love it." –Rachel Krause, beauty editor

Moncler 'Dauphin' Water Resistant Tweed Down Puffer Coat, $1,720; at Nordstrom 

"I’ve been through one too many polar vortexes to justify a winter of gorgeous but impractical wool coats. This Mackage coat gives you the warmth factor of a puffer (hello, downy goodness!), but it’s streamlined enough that you don’t look like you’re wearing a shapeless sleeping bag." –Beth Stebner, lifestyle editor

Mackage Kerry Coat, $895; at Shopbop

"The one from American Eagle is so nice, I have it twice over—one in army green, one in a Day-Glo bright orange-pink. The cropped style makes the puffer look more like a quilted bomber jacket, and it’s incredibly warm despite its relatively slim silhouette. I’m also a fan of the faux-fur trim on the hood, which sort of chics things up a bit. Did I mention it’s only $110?" [Ed's note—it's on sale!] –Cristina Velocci, managing editor

AEO Weekend Puffer, $82; at American Eagle 

"I adore this Patagonia Nano Puff jacket in Oxblood. It has a slim fit and is light enough to be stuffed into any of my bags. And—critically—it keeps me warm. Bonus: The hood means I never have to remember my hat, and the zip-up pockets mean I'm less likely to lose my gloves. Take that, winter!" –Sarah Wharton, copy editor

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody, $249; at Patagonia 

"I'm decidedly anti-puffer jacket and have actually never owned one, but I’m considering changing that, thanks to Opening Ceremony’s collaboration with Alpha Industries. I’ve had my eye on their classic flight jacket for a while since it’s fairly sleek for a winter coat and oozes streetwear cool. The OC collection takes it to the next level; the classic elements are there (fully reversible, hidden zippers, lots of pockets), but the fresh color combinations (think khaki and chili pepper red, wine and pink) add a saucy twist. I’m gunning for the all-white version that sports the signature OC logo—it’ll be the perfect way for me to rock winter whites this season." –Cady Lang, social media editor

Alpha Industries for Opening Ceremony Reversible MA-1 Jacket, $150; at Opening Ceremony 

"Coming from the South and facing my first winter in New York City, I’m less than prepared. That said, I’ve been told by a few people that I need to buy Canada Goose with the argument that you could wear it with a T-shirt and still be warm. I fear the cold so much, so that sounds like a winning sales pitch to me." –Emily McBride, associate editor/producer, Creators

Canada Goose Camp Hooded Jacket, $575; at Canada Goose

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