How to Wear a Puffer Vest

How to: Wearing a Puffer Vest in 2021 

Are puffer vests even in style this year? Absolutely! Not only are puffer vests in style, but there are also a lot more ways to wear them since they now come in all different styles, densities, and colors. Most people think of these types of vests as super puffy making you look like a chunky ball. However, even though there are some extremely puffy vests out there, there are other less exaggerated versions. This is such a must-have item for the cooler months of the year because they are so easy to layer while keeping you nice and warm thanks to their insulation. Before you dismiss this perfect fall and winter wardrobe essential, let’s take a look at how both adults and kids can strut in style with their puffer vests this upcoming season. 

When can you wear a puffer vest?

The best time to wear a puffer vest is during temperatures when it’s cold enough for some extra layers but not quite freezing, which is fall and early spring. The point of wearing these types of vests during these seasons is that they are an alternative to wearing the heavy jackets that you need to wear during the freezing cold months in winter. The ideal temperature to wear your puffer vest is between 50 and 60 degrees. For some living in places such as southern California, 50 degrees is probably the coldest it gets during winter, which makes it the perfect piece to add to your winter wardrobe. Others living in upstate New York can wear these puffer vests before the snow begins to fall and the negative temperatures start to roll in. 

How to wear a puffer vest for women

Button-up shirts are your best friends when layering with women’s winter vests. Whether it’s a long-sleeve flannel shirt or a long-sleeve denim shirt, both look great under a puffer jacket, not to mention, they will keep you extra warm. Whether you tuck or untuck is totally up to you. However, if you choose to leave it untucked, it looks great over a pair of high-rise jeans, combat boots, and a beanie. This is more of a street-style look and allows you to make a fashion statement wherever you go. 

Another look you can pull off in the puffer vest is to switch out the combat boots for trendy sneakers, the long-sleeve shirt for a hoodie, and a beanie for a dad hat. This look is more casual and perfect for running errands or for a super-casual lunch date with girlfriends. If you’re a mom, this is perfect for watching the kids during those fall outdoor sports. 

How to wear a puffer vest for men

There is not much of a difference when it comes to styling a puffer vest between men and women. Although we will say that wearing a zip cardigan will look better under these vests on men than on women. However, flannel and button-up shirts will look just as stylish on men when combined with men’s winter vests. For a dressier look, pair it with jeans. For a more street-style casual look, combine it with a pair of joggers or sweats. A beanie would look just as good on men combined with either sneakers if wearing sweatpants or work-style boots if wearing jeans. 

How to wear a puffer vest for kids

Kids’ puffer vests are especially great because they don’t have to wear a bulky jacket during recess. A vest is more lightweight and allows them to move a lot more when the monkey bars are calling. For both boys and girls, a simple long-sleeve shirt in any color and print will look great under a puffer jacket as well as a hoodie for those extra cool days. When styled with some jeans and their favorite sneakers or boots, it will finish the look nicely. For girls, puffer jackets also look great when paired with a long-sleeve tunic, a pair of leggings, and wool boots. For accessories, a girl’s cold weather headband or beanie is a perfect touch. 

Since puffer vests already tend to be chunky, try not to layer on pieces that are too thick or too heavy or massive — you’ll go from fashionable to stocky real quick. Keep in mind that puffer vests, although they don’t have sleeves, can get very warm where you may need to take them off so plan your outfit accordingly. Make sure that whatever layers you wear underneath work great with the puffer on or off, especially when you’re indoors. To help you decide what to wear, get dressed in everything else but the vest. By adding the vest last, you can see if it compliments your outfit. Think of it as the final touch.

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