The humble puffer jacket has become a wardrobe staple over the last five years. This '90s-inspired trend made its inevitable comeback among the street style set around 2017 and has slowly trickled down to the masses ever since. You can now buy a puffer jacket in every style, color, pattern, and material imaginable, and I've come to rely on this cozy staple every winter.
Of course, puffer jackets aren't always the most palatable of outerwear. With their oversize shape and padded sleeves, these quilted jackets can veer into statement territory depending on the cut, pattern, and style. Puffers tend to pair well with sleek basics that allow the oversize silhouette to shine, like classic denim, turtlenecks, and leggings.
Ahead, browse the five stylish and versatile items you need to expertly style a puffer jacket this season (and beyond).
You can't go wrong when pairing a puffer jacket with another one of the season's biggest trends: trousers. Polish off the look with a pair of casual sneakers and a flattering sweater for an outfit that's comfortable and chic.
Donning chunky boots or sneakers only adds to the drama of an oversize puffer jacket (in a good way). Perfect the look with a pair of lug-sole boots, dad sneakers, or classic Dr. Martens, and tie it all together with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans.
I am always on the hunt for a good pair of Chelsea boots this time of year.
A sleek long-sleeved T-shirt or turtleneck is a puffer jacket's best friend. These basics truly allow the oversize silhouette to shine and provide a blank canvas for other eye-catching essentials like sunglasses, jewelry, and handbags.
High-waisted jeans are a wardrobe essential no matter the outfit, but they pair particularly well with puffer jackets. From kick-flare to skinny to boyfriend jeans, simple high-waisted jeans are the perfect complement to oversize, chunky puffers.
Puffers are basically athleisure at heart, so of course, they work well with their loungewear counterparts: leggings, joggers, and sweatshirts. Paired with a beanie and sneakers, you have the perfect laid-back winter look.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up Next: Don't Try Wearing the Preppy Trend Without Exploring These 2022 Updates
Kelsey Clark is a freelance writer and content strategist based in Detroit. She got her start in editorial in New York City as MyDomaine's lifestyle editor and has since gone full-time freelance. She now contributes to Who What Wear, THE/THIRTY, Domino, Glamour, The Zoe Report, Apartment Therapy, and more, in addition to working with brands such as Bloomscape and EyeSwoon on content strategy and copywriting. She's written about fashion, interior design, health and wellness, pop culture, food, travel, politics, and professional development, but she'd consider the first three verticals her main "beats." She's also incredibly passionate about mental health awareness and hopes to help eradicate the social stigma through storytelling and education. When she's not writing, you can find her scouring thrift stores for Levi's 501s, picking up a new vintage piece for her apartment, or exploring new restaurants and bars across Detroit.