2020 felt like the shortest and simultaneously longest year of all time. Get-togethers you would’ve sworn were several years ago actually happened in February. Now somehow, in the blink of an eye, it’s already December and winter is right here again. If you also feel like this year passed by in a flurry and aren’t prepared for cold-weather dressing, don’t worry — all you really need to know is that a puffer jacket can complete any outfit and make your personality more attractive.
A down jacket is the staple that can single-handedly carry you through the season’s iciest days thanks to its ability to insulate and block the wind. But, while it’s the outerwear of choice for arctic explorers, there are also plenty of stylish options for less extreme climates. The cozy jacket has also received the runway stamp of approval from notable names — Versace, Prada, and Dior all included the puffer jacket in their collections for Fall/Winter 2020 — who played with silhouette, color, and fabric to keep things fresh and cool.
When winter arrives, a common inclination is to dress in head-to-toe black. While this is a reliable choice, why not experiment with unexpected neutrals — like white and beige — to brighten up your cold-weather look? Add in a versatile army green puffer and silk scarf to top things off.
Embrace a preppy moment with your puffer by layering it over a boxy blazer and plaid dress or skirt. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for colorful boots to finish the look.
A puffer jacket’s volume already sets the stage for an outfit with cool proportions; double-down and wear a dress over pants to take it up a notch.
Style a brightly colored puffer jacket with a white tee and slouchy jeans for a nuanced nod to 1980s dressing. While you’re at it, layer a crop top over your tee for a well-layered look.
If you live somewhere particularly chilly, a floor-length puffer can be a good idea. Avoid looking like a walking sleeping bag with a bold shoe choice, like animal-print boots.