Love the Puffer Coat but Hate the Puffy Look? Try a Quilted Puffer Vest.

November 20th, 2009

How to Wear a Quilted Puffer Vest
Shop the Look: Faux Fur Quilted Vest | $32.90 at Heritage 1981, Stripe Dolce Sweater | $58 at J Crew, Belted Wool Shorts | $22.90 at Forever 21, Max C Multi Panel Bag | $62.89 at ASOS, and Harley Boot | $36.80 at Forever 21.  See more information about this look.


We love the look of the puffer coat - but we’re not quite as amorous about the puffed up silhouette that it can create.  Even if puffer coats aren’t your cup of tea, you don’t have to write off the puffer altogether.  Instead of a full on puffer coat, you can try a puffer vest instead.  In order to keep the silhouette as trim as possible, we like the look of inexpensive puffer vests (with less filling, and therefore, less puffiness).  But how do you work a puffer vest into your wardrobe?  Here’s an offbeat yet chic look to emulate:

1. Start with a cozy boatneck sweater.  We love the mustard and white stripes on the sweater - sailor inspired, but with a twist.
2. Slip on a pair of wool shorts.  The perfect wool shorts for this look have a somewhat loose leg and cuffed hems.  For an extra layer of warmth, you may want to add tights or leggings under the shorts.  If you’re not a fan of the shorts (or if your climate won’t support it), cropped pants or cargo pants also work well here.
3. Slip on your quilted puffer vest.  We love it worn open with the hood down.  Let the striped sweater shine through.
4. Finish off the look with a pair of tough looking boots, which juxtapose nicely against the tailored shorts and the outdoorsy puffer vest, and a statement handbag.  We adore the texture on this bag, don’t you?

How would you wear a puffer vest? Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sally  |  November 20th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    My puffer vest is pretty sporty, so I reserve it for extremely casual outfits … but I really love what you’ve suggested here. The boots are a fantastic choice!

  • 2. Chloe  |  November 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Trisha, would you please do a post on building a coat wardrobe for the colder climates like D.C.? I have two puffer coats ( black and cream for gym, casual outfits, etc.), 2 dressy wool coats (black and camel), 1 chocolate brown leather jacket.

    I would like to add a warm spring coat but am at a loss as to what color and type to buy. Since, the winter and spring are long and cold here, I find the right coats to be essential!

    Thanks for your great posts!

  • 3. rachel  |  November 20th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    i dont really care for those shorts but i love everything else you picked, especially the vest!

  • 4. Becca  |  November 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    That makes me want to get a fur-lined hooded vest! I have a puffy vest in a dark olive color that I love wearing with striped sweaters and jeans. It really makes a difference in warmth too.

  • 5. thestyleexpress.com  |  December 2nd, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Love the vest and the fur hood. I’ve got one and it gets alot of wear! Glad I came upon your post.

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