29 Jan 2020

Puffy, Puff, Puffer


It is not often “puffy” is a happy word in my vocabulary.
If it is to do with eyes or ankles, I’m out. If we are talking winter jackets, I am in.

Puffer jackets are back in their stride and for a versatile and practical item, they are looking pretty good. It’s all about how we wear them. I’m not thinking ski wear but puffer jackets to wrap up in and stay cosy; the once only walk-the-dog or hike-in puffers have become a regular fashion staple this season.

I’m not complaining, I love when practicality gets promoted.

Even since moving to Europe, I have been crazy for puffer jackets. Possibly because I never had occasion to wear one before in my southern hemisphere world. Over the last 20 years, they have been in and out of my wardrobe and it is the time one was put back.

I’m not convinced we need the super expensive model as gorgeous as they are because there are plenty of puffers around to look equally fabulous in without burning the bank. 

How to wear the puffer? However you like.

*Choose the length that works best and start layering.

*The jeans, boots and turtleneck are a winning combination but don’t dismiss the humble puffer as a finish for the finer wear. A dress, with a long line puffer on top, can look seriously chic. If your waist allows the addition of a thick and tight belt is very smart.

*Try the shorter length style of puffer coat with a patterned pair of pants; think tartan, brocade or even a jewelled coloured silk pair.

*Consider a velvet puffer; a relaxed piece in a luxe fabric is a winning combination.

At this point in the season, I’m all for praising the puffer. x

Puff Pieces

channel quilt puffer  ||  hooded puffer  ||  collar puffer  ||  down and feather puffer ||  camouflage puffer  ||  cocoon puffer   ||  ribbed puffer

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Many years ago I had a below knee length grey puffy down coat with a pale grey lining and a stand up collar. Trends changed and puffy was no longer stylish so I donated it. But how I wish I had it now!


Oooo,a VELVET puffer? I need to see this! We live in these from December to mid-April so a good and pretty one is necessary!

Michelle à Détroit

I have three hip length Kenneth Cole puffer jackets that I bought at Costco (believe it or not) years ago. I bought them in black, brown and navy. Miraculously, they are cut in a fitted, flattering shape that I love. I wear them frequently. While I appreciate the utility and comfort of puffers, it’s all I ever see on anyone these days. I miss seeing beautifully tailored winter coats in wool or cashmere, especially in a city like New York where coats are on full display.


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