The unusually cold and snowy winter we’ve had in New York City had me eager to do one of my Huffington Post fashion round-ups about stylish puffer (aka puffa) jackets, but it wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t get as many volunteers as I would like. Maybe I’ll try again next year. There should be plenty of options — yesterday, the Wall Street Journal cited the puffer as the “most overdone trend” of the recent Fall/Winter 2014 fashion shows.
LOL WUT? “Most overdone trend” sounds so much more negative than the paragraph under it, which says that dozens of labels offered “artful takes” on the look. That seems like a good thing to me. By the way, the Christian Dior puffer dress shown in the WSJ is not the first of its kind. Junya Watanabe has been doing all sorts of amazing puffer clothes for years, including the 2009 coat/dress I featured in a December post.
I’m not sure what year this Watanabe puffer or “duvet” skirt is from, but it makes a statement.
My friend Julie’s leopard-print puffer skirt from Patricia Field — which I previously shared in that December post — is a bit more wearable.
I did find a few peeps flaunting stylish puffers. Maybe these ladies will inspire you when you’re browsing the fall collections. I personally would be happy to wear the edgy, leather puffer owned by gorgeous blogger Judith of Style Crone. The leopard-print hat adds extra style.
I’m thinking that a leather puffer could be the way to go. Anna S. of No Scrubs has one in an eye-catching shade of blue.
Amber of Butane Anvil has had a puffer by Mexx since about 2002. The floral quilting and big pointy collar make this one special.
I’m coveting the gold puffer worn by Eboni of The Fashionista Next Door. Can you believe she got it on sale for about $15?
Eboni made me want to look for more gold puffers. I’ve seen a bunch by H&M and Zara, but who wants a style that everyone has? I started looking for vintage alternatives. This one by Ralph Lauren Vintage on FarFetch costs over $1,000, so you won’t be scoring a bargain, but you’ll be warm and shiny!
This Ralph Lauren jacket on eBay looks to be identical to the FarFetch one and the “buy it now” price is $500.
If you’re on a tighter budget, there’s an intriguing black-and-gold ’80s puffer on Etsy for $44.
My favorite puffy piece today isn’t a jacket at all — it’s this padded cuff printed with trompe l’oeil pearls. It’s available at FarFetch for about $100.