Is a Velvet Puffer Jacket the Right Choice for You?

If you’re ready to refresh your coat closet for winter, a puffer jacket is an essential investment. These women’s styles come in a variety of colors, materials and silhouettes, from long puffers for snow days to sleek, lightweight jackets that look chic with your favorite jeans.

For a snow-chic style statement, try this Garnet Crop velvet Puffer jacket from Canada Goose with an insulating down and high zip-up collar. The velvet fabric adds a sophisticated flair.

Norma Kamali Sleeping Back Coat

In 1973, Norma Kamali designed a coat that evoked the feeling of lying in a sleeping bag. The design created a frenzy among fashion-hungry style seekers, and it still sells today. It uses NASA-approved technology to keep wearers warm by sewing together two coats and creating air pockets between them, which allows heat from the body to be exchanged with cold outside.

The coat has a long life and can be cleaned with water, so it is a good value. It also rolls up like a sleeping bag and fits into one of the brand’s carry-on totes. Kamali says her phone rings off the hook with calls from people looking for a new puffer each season.

Other designers have released versions of the puffed-up coat since then, from Maison Margiela’s duvet coat to River Island’s pink version that looks like a blanket with sleeves. Whether you’re after a full-length military style or an elegant floor-length hooded jacket, this is the winter coat trend to try. The plush topper looks chic with everything from skinny jeans and boots to a midi dress in a fall color like burnt orange or deep burgundy.

The North Face Black Short Nuptse Down Jacket

The North Face’s iconic Nuptse jacket was re-released last year as part of the brand’s 30th anniversary celebration. I’m not sure if the new version is actually better than the original, but it’s definitely much easier to get a hold of.

This women’s version of the Nuptse has a cropped silhouette and is crafted from lustrous, darkly colored ripstop nylon. It’s insulated with 700-fill goose down and is RDS certified.

It can withstand some serious cold, too – I wore this jacket in -5-degree weather in late December and stayed toasty warm with just a long-sleeved tee and hoodie. However, it doesn’t protect quite as well against wind as some of the other parkas in this review.

If you’re looking for a parka to wear while strolling the city, this one is worth checking out. But if you want something a little more lightweight and protective, I’d recommend looking at other options.

Alo Yoga Short-Ribbed Puffer

This cropped puffer from Alo Yoga is what the gym-to-street style looks like. Kendall Jenner is a fan of the brand (she even starred in their latest cold-weather campaign) and this jacket is an easy way to add her look to your closet. It’s insulated with recycled polyester and the outer layer is made from light-wash denim, making it unique among the many puffer coats available. The jacket also has a high-zippered neckline, big side pockets, and wrist cuffs.

If a full-length puffer jacket is too warm for you, this lightweight hooded puffer from Alo Yoga could be your new favorite go-to. The ribbed velour design, cinched waist, broad shoulders, and stand collar are what make this jacket a cold-weather staple. It’s a great option for layering over turtlenecks and heat-technology gear.

If you’re ready to stock up on more cold-weather pieces, be sure to check out this Alo Yoga sale before it ends. The customer-loved activewear retailer is currently having an Annual Celebration Sale, so popular sizes and styles are going fast.

Moncler Maya 70 Jacket

This puffy jacket is one of Moncler’s most iconic styles. It has a shiny finish and comes in loud colors such as red. It has a hood, zip front, stand collar and snap storm placket and vertical welt pockets on the sleeves. It also has a logo patch on the left sleeve flap pocket.

This brand was founded in 1952 and it began by making quilted sleeping bags to protect workers from the snowy conditions of the French village of Monestier-de-Clermont, where the company is still based today. The insulated jackets became popular when a mountaineer named Lionel Terray recommended them for his expeditions.

Its nylon lace fabric is waterproof and comes with a detachable hood, zip pockets, and snap cuffs. It has a zip closure and a bungee-style drawstring at the hood.

The Maya 70 has a slim silhouette that is a departure from the Michelin man look that many puffa jackets have. It is also made with goose down certified by DIST, a trademark that certifies the traceability and quality of the down used.

Collusion Padded Puffer

Adding an ultra-warm longline puffer coat in Canada rotation is essential for cold weather. Whether you’re heading to the ski slopes or running errands in snowy conditions, an insulated jacket is key for keeping your outfit warm and dry. From long puffer coats that extend to the knee to lightweight jackets, you can find a style for every occasion.

For a retro look, consider the Canada Goose x Reformation Mila Puffer Jacket, which features a multicolor chevron pattern and comes in green, blue, and yellow to give off ’80s vibes. It’s also made with recycled ripstop and nylon shell, plus responsibly sourced duck-down insulation.

For an everyday option, try the Collusion Padded Puffer, which is a chic take on a classic winter staple. The icy blue hue is seen on the runways of Fendi, Jil Sander, Beva, and Rick Owens, while the drop shoulders, shawl collar, and wrap waist tie make this coat feel fashion-forward and cozy. It’s also a great pick for women who want to avoid bulky layering, since it has a flattering cinched hem and big side pockets.

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