Cute, comfortable and oh-so warm, inflatable jackets are the MVP of every winter wardrobe. But when it comes to finding the right buffer, the options can be overwhelming: Are you going for a powder or a synthetic one? Black or brightly colored? Cut or wearable blanket?
To help you get started, we’ve talked to professional stylists about their favorite men’s and women’s puffers in a variety of lengths, fills, and price ranges. Shop their selection below to stay toast and stylish no matter how cold it gets.
Fashion director, stylist and vintage store owner Loredana Buonopane says that even though this Gap jacket “looks and looks heavy”, “Michelin Man doesn’t have the effect it can give you so much.” The Gap jacket is also made from recycled materials and has a warm, water-resistant Primaloft padding, making it a great choice for anyone who wants to avoid feathering.
Fashion stylist Liz Rundbaken praises the “flattering cut” of this affordable coat and likes it to have “essential elements to keep warm, such as a high neckline, hood and glove cuffs”. On warmer days, you can also tuck the hood into the collar of your jacket. The coat is available in olive green or black and sizes XS to XXL.
New York wardrobe stylist Gloria Cospito loves that this Banana Republic jacket is stylish and practical: “The cream color makes this long case a great topper for a winter-white monochrome look, but it’s the straps inside the coat that make it truly unique – they allow you to carry the coat over your shoulders without having to put your hands on your sleeves. ”The coat has a relaxed cut that is great for layering and 100% down filling.
Although Canada Goose coats are expensive, he says Canada Goose coats are “worth every penny” and he calls his own Canada Goose “one of the smartest cabinet investments I’ve ever bought. That’s why I’m no longer afraid of New York winters. ”Alliston Park especially recommends that“ it’s more fashionable than technical-looking, ”he adds,“ all Canada Goose products now meet the Responsible Down Standard. ”
Cassandra Sethi, personal stylist and image consultant at Next Level Wardrobe, calls Woolrich a “cool weather gadget” and praises Prescott Park’s generous hood and versatile length. The jacket comes in dark blue, forest green, black or ivory and has a hidden zipper for a smoother fit.
Uniqlo dominates the world of affordable winter clothing, and Rundbaken says the brand’s “superlight” briefcases are “ideal for layering and instant winterizing any jacket or sweater.” He especially loves this shorter model, which is offered in five colors and comes with a practical storage case for travel.
Aritzia’s super-popular Super Puffs come in a huge variety of colors and fabrics. Cospito especially likes the “liquid shine”, which turns the coat into an “interesting distinctive piece”. All Super Puffs are also very, very warm, with goose feathers from responsible sources and a temperature rating of minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you really want to excel in a sea of black winter coats, Rundbaken recommends this shorter, more colorful version of Gap’s heavy buffer. “It comes in several beautiful vibrant colors to withstand the winter downturn,” he says, including a bright fuschia, a red fire truck and an icy blue. And as with most Gap clothing, this coat is available in regular, small and tall sizes.
This ultra-portable Free People jacket folds into your own pocket, which means you can easily hide it in a suitcase (or even use it as a travel pillow) when you’re not wearing it. With vibrant color variations such as Magenta Disco (pictured above), Cospito calls it an “eye-catching layered piece that will work through early spring as well as fall.
A&F Vegan Leather Mini Puffer ($ 180; abercrombie.com)
Buonopane loves that this Abercrombie & Fitch jacket “feels like a cross between a biker jacket and a buffer.” Thanks to the trimmed length, it is also great for tall jeans. If you are not completely ready for a distinctive leather finish, the stylish cut is available in several fabric and color variations (including creamy artificial mohair and a checkered wool blend).
This H&M jacket has a polyester padding and recycled lining and is at the right level of inhalation. “I love how the length just covers the prey and the drawstring at the bottom seals the cold breeze,” says Rundbaken. She also likes how “the hood is cleanly embedded in a high padded collar” and, of course, the price of the coat is under $ 50.
Cospito praises “the rainbow pastel shades of this inflatable jacket,” which he says will “add a retro silk bomber jacket while keeping you comfortable.” The ribbed cuffs and stand-up collar provide extra warmth and this polyester coat is also machine washable.
Sethi loves that the design details of this thimble in the length of the hips “are done so well that it does not cool down. Includes thumb holes, adjustable hood and zip pockets. The REI size ranges from XS to 3XL and comes in five different colors, including the beautiful dark purple pictured above.
“Inflatable jackets can often look so heavy,” says Sethi, “so I love this lightweight jacket with a thick padding and an adjustable waist.” The coat is available in classic black, cream white or in this muted green.
You will surely stand out in this charming coat by Michael Kors, whom Buonopane says reminds her of a “space bunny from the 1960s.” He adds that “if you find silver metallic too out of this world, it comes in black.”
LLBean Men’s Mountain Classic Down Parka (179 $; llbean.com)
Rundbaken recommends this classic park from LLBean, a brand known for its quality cold weather equipment and excellent customer service. This parka is one of the warmest the company has produced, with DownTek insulation with 650 fillings and a wind and rain resistant casing. It comes in three colors and in standard and high sizes
Uniqlo has a lot of great inflating options for men as well. Rundbaken likes this windproof, water-repellent model, which features a smooth matte finish and a seamless cut. The hood is also fully removable, while thanks to the distinctive stand-up collar, the coat is warm and suitable for the office.
Buonopane loves that this Alpha Industries coat has plenty of practical pockets and an adjustable hood to help you “survive every winter storm.” It comes in black or dark green and those who want to avoid feathers will be happy to be made of 100% polyester.
“A fleece-lined cup gives this buffer the status of basic winter clothing,” says Cospito. The puffer also has a neoprene hem on the cuffs that traps heat.
For outdoor adventures on the coldest days of the year, Rundbaken recommends the ultra-warm Expedition Park from Fjallraven. It combines unbeatable insulation from ethical down feathers with water resistance of synthetic filling, it also has an adjustable hood, pockets with side and top openings and a two-way zipper.
Rundbaken likes that this windproof, quick-drying jacket comes in so many vibrant colors (exactly 10!) And has a faux fur lining for added warmth and comfort. He also praises Save the Ducks for making coats that are friendly to animals and planets without compromising on performance in cold weather.
Cospito loves the bright blue hue of this 100% Banana Republic down and also the fact that it “has hands-free shoulder straps on the inside”. The coat is available in standard and high sizes and has a flap behind the front zipper, which protects against the cold.
With a stand-up collar, zip fastenings and seam pockets, this elegant Vince jacket is ideal when you want a warm coat that fits in the office rather than on the slopes. “Herringbone is a classic textile design,” says Sethi, adding that “it really enhances this puffer jacket.”
For heat without volume, Sethi recommends this lightweight variant from Filson. “I like the vertical stitching on this jacket and the Primaloft Gold insulation has great performance properties as an alternative to down,” he says. The jacket is available in sizes XS to 3XL and the fabric is black, olive gray or gold-ocher.
Rundbaken praises this stylish Asos buffer for being made from recycled plastic bottles and textile waste. Thanks to the removable hood, it is just as versatile and environmentally friendly.
Although Buonopane is absolutely noble, he loves that this bold Burberry jacket contains the brand’s “iconic cube” and is super warm and at the same time “speaks”.