The 23 Best Puffer Jackets for Women to Stay Warm In

The cold never bothered me anyway.

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One of the most critical pieces in a cold-weather wardrobe is a legitimately warm winter jacket or coat. Fashion tends to take a back seat when the temperature hits below zero—but that doesn't have to be the case when it comes to puffer jackets. 2023's crop of puffers proves that it doesn't have to be an either-or situation (either you're bundled up to oblivion and look like the Michelin Man, or are stuck shivering in a barely-there but trendy option). Instead, the best puffer jackets and coats of 2023 are those that come in various colors, textures, lengths, silhouettes, prints, and price points. And, of course, check the most critical box of them all: Keep you safely protected from Mother Nature's wrath. 

Ahead, discover tips from an expert stylist as well as our favorite puffer coats in varying lengths and colorways, ranging from versatile neutral styles to conversation-starting coats.

What to Look for in a Puffer Jacket

  • Warmth

"When choosing a puffer jacket, it’s important to first decide whether you're looking for something performance-based or more of a fashion-forward piece," says Alex Rivera, an expert stylist at Stitch Fix. In other words, she wants you to consider how hard you want your puffer to work. "They can vary in down, or synthetic alternative, fill, and weight. Some puffers are perfect as lightweight fall jackets, while others can withstand even the coldest of winter days," explains Rivera, imploring you to asses your thermal expectations. 

  • Length

"Another important factor to keep in mind when shopping for puffer jackets is length," offers Rivera. "Are you looking for something that will hit at the knee or a trendier, cropped style?" The silhouette of your chosen coat, of course, plays a role in its thermal effect, too (longline styles will obviously offer more coverage, ergo more coziness), so the stylist encourages you to consider how the jacket's length will affect its overall warmth.

  • Fit

"You'll also want to find an option with the right fit for your shape," details Rivera. "To ensure you select the best-fitting puffer, I recommend trying it on with a chunky sweater or a hoodie to make sure you’ll have enough room to fit additional layers underneath the jacket on cold winter days."

  • Weather-Proofing

"Down jackets can come with or without hoods—some are waterproof or water repellent," says Rivera, imploring you to consider your climate, too, when puffer perusing. "No matter what weather or situation you’re shopping for, though, at the end of the day, puffers can be considered a closet staple."

Tips for Shopping for Puffer Jackets

To find a puffer that's both practical and stylish, the Stitch Fix stylist says that "selecting one that can be seamlessly integrated into your wardrobe is key." As a rule of thumb—for all shopping in general, not just for outerwear—Rivera advises you check in with your individual preferences. "If you tend to gravitate towards neutral hues, I recommend opting for a high-quality, weather-proof down puffer in a minimal palette that's great for everyday wear. But if your personal style skews bolder, invest in a statement option"— a quilted coat, a trendy hot pink style, or a multi-textured piece, for instance.

The Best Women's Puffer Jackets in 2023

Meet the Expert

Alex Rivera stylist stitch fix
Alex Rivera

As Stitch Fix Styling Team Lead, Alex Rivera brings her trend-forward eye, knack for understanding individual style, and over 6 years of industry experience to the role. Since joining the organization in November 2020, Alex has managed and developed 50+ stylists across the Eastern Region and created informational and engaging content to create community, collaboration, and culture on Stitch Fix styling teams. She also serves as one of Stitch Fix’s brand ambassadors in press interviews, and delivers personalized style takeaways to readers in online editorial coverage.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.