There will be a day sometime this year, that is so freezing cold you're forced out of a chic, body-skimming coat and into something warm and cozy. Many such coats can look sleeping bag-ish, but this season there's a change afoot: Some of the most stylish, sophisticated coats we've seen are actually warm, cozy down. High-street puffer jackets are all the rage at the moment, with many fashionistas and it-girls wearing them 24/7. Nothing, in fact, is synonymous with the winter season more than the puffer jacket. Since not knowing how to wear the puffer jacket right is often seen as a deterrent not to buy one, I have compiled a street style collection of the best puffer coats and jackets for women of the moment, without forgetting to add a few useful style tips and tricks for you to don them the fashionable way.
How To Wear Puffer Jackets
As stated above, many find it hard to wear their puffer jacket with something appropriate and flattering, as technical staples are arguably the hardest to combine. Most of the time, however, it’s just a matter of correctly chosen silhouettes. The most important thing when looking for a puffer jacket, especially if you believe it won’t probably make you feel cute and comfortable as you deserve to feel, is to find the one that fits you the most.
What is the right size and structure of a puffer jacket according to your body type and sense of fashion
The first thing you may want to take into consideration is the size of the shoulders. The modern puffer jackets are extremely oversized, while the vintage ones (or those coming from signature labels such as Moncler) can end up being quite structured.
For this reason, measuring your shoulders before buying one, rather than relying just on the sizes (we all do that, let’s be honest), is mandatory! Once the shoulder lengths match, you can even dare with something more exaggerated, long, or deconstructed, just remember to opt for a model with a belt cinched at the waist if you feel uncomfortable with oversized items.
Another trick is to generally favor cropped puffer jackets over long ones, as with them you can easily optically elongate the silhouette with a high-waisted skirt (or a pair of jeans), and chunky-heeled boots.
Keep in mind that elongated and oversized puffer jackets look best on taller women, while petite women are advised to choose something cropped and more structured. Also if you want to balance your figure, you can always opt for a belted down jacket or use a contrasting belt to put the focus on your waistline and create the perfect hourglass figure.
Last but not least, don’t forget that puffer jackets are a fashion statement, indeed, and tend to catch all the attention. While we always encourage to experiment with fashion, unless you are already into the trend and love bright, eye-catching puffer jackets, we suggest opting for more classic and solid-colored ones if your day-to-day style is more casual-chic.
How to Wear a Puffer Jacket the Fashionable Way:
Believe it or not, one can style a puffer jacket in plenty of fashionable ways! Both long and cropped puffer jackets should be treated as casual jackets, which look amazing with practically any footwear (heels, included!), and any outfit, from the high-street ones to the classic, elegant looks.
Based on the latest fashion trends, the best ways to wear your puffer jacket are the following:
Casual Chic Down Jackets
Whether long or short, puffer jackets are meant to go with jeans and leggings, from the boyfriend ones to the stylish skinnies. This is the most casual chic way to wear a down jacket, and it just never fails. Nothing exudes chicness more than a long puffer jacket with quilted patterns! Since this staple is so elegant on its own, you might want to tone its elegance down with a pair of skinny jeans and a soft, wool sweater. And since such kind of outfit will surely end up being extremely warm, we recommend opting for bold colored knit sweaters, so that when you zip your jacket down, the sweater will stand out immediately adding an overall fun touch to your outfit.
If you love Vetements’ and Fenty’s anti-fashion styles, we recommend either an oversized puffer jacket to combine with a pair of mom jeans or tracksuit pants, or a cropped puffer jacket to wear with a pair of bell-bottom jeans (which will balance the figure), creeper sneakers and, of course, hoop earrings. You’ll turn heads, indeed!
Make a Statement with Your Puffer
All in all, there’s one big piece of advice we’d like to give you – make a fashion statement with your puffer jacket. Find the craziest, boldest, fiercest and most fun puffer jacket, which perfectly expresses your fashion style and persona, and rock it all day long, all winter long. Combine it with a rather neutral outfit to let it and you stand out from the crowd.