Can a Puffer Coat Look Elegant? 5 Styles That Get Pretty Close

Winter might bring some uncomfortably chilly weather, but it’s not all bad. Layering is now in full force, and it’s perfectly acceptable to pull on a pair of boots every day of the week. If you’re not adequately prepared, though, it’s going to be a miserable season.

If you live somewhere particularly cold, you’re likely all too familiar with the kind of weather we all dread: the days when it’s just too cold for a stylish wool jacket or a cute quilted coat. Instead, you have to resort to what may be the least stylish piece in your wardrobe: the puffer coat. Puffer coats are definitely an item that you wear if and only if the weather demands it. They’re practical and warm, even if they feel much less chic than the other outerwear options in your closet.

But this season, those of us who live in fear of the midwinter cold are in luck.  There are some new puffer coat styles on the scene that demonstrate a down-filled coat can be stylish. In fact, the coats ahead can even look chic, and almost elegant — not at all like you’re wearing a down comforter as a coat. Read on to check out our favorites!

1. Barbour Beadnell puffer coat

Barbour Beadnell puffer coat

Barbour Beadnell puffer coat | Nordstrom

Barbour is a perennial favorite when it comes to outerwear, and we love the Beadnell puffer coat just as much as the brand’s iconic waxed cotton jackets. This quilted jacket features a corduroy collar, snap-flap pockets, and a double-vented back with snap closures. Plus, it’s offered in navy, black, or olive, which means that you can find the perfect color to match everything else in your winter wardrobe.

2. Canada Goose Brookvale puffer coat

Canada Goose Brookvale puffer coat

Canada Goose Brookvale puffer coat | Neiman Marcus

If you don’t mind making a sizable investment to stay warm (and stylish) this winter, a Canada Goose parka is unequivocally the way to go. We particularly like the long Brookvale coat, which is not only lightweight and breathable, but is also suitable for temperatures down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s offered in an eye-catching red and sleek black, and features a flattering slim fit.

3. Eileen Fisher puffer coat

Eileen Fisher puffer coat

Eileen Fisher puffer coat | Neiman Marcus

For stylish residents of slightly more temperate climates than the very coldest states, this Eileen Fisher puffer coat offers a slightly sleeker take on the traditional puffer coat. The knee-length style has more length than width, and features a stand collar, a two-way zipper, and a snap front. The result is a chic style that you’ll actually look forward to wearing on cold mornings, which may be a first as far as puffer coats are concerned.

4. Sam Edelman puffer coat

Sam Edelman puffer coat

Sam Edelman puffer coat | Nordstrom

Funnel necks and asymmetric zip fronts are clearly in this year, and we love it. This Sam Edelman down coat features an eye-catching chevron quilting pattern, which, conveniently enough, creates a pretty figure-flattering design. This coat is water-resistant and filled with high-density down, so it can keep you warm (and stylish) on even the coldest days of the winter.

5. Save the Duck puffer coat

Save the Duck puffer coat

Save the Duck puffer coat | Neiman Marcus

Need a style that’s pink, just like everything else in your wardrobe? Then this Save the Duck puffer jacket may be exactly the style you’ve been dreaming of. As you might guess from the name of the brand, this jacket features synthetic down padding, plus proprietary thermal insulation. The funnel neckline and asymmetric zip front keep things chic and modern — two words we never thought we’d say in the same sentence as “puffer coat.”