How to Style a Puffer Vest

January 29, 2021

I love my puffer vests! They make such a good, easy layer. Plus, they add warmth and interest to any outfit. I have both the black and the pink version from Old Navy. There are all kinds of variations and brands to buy, but I have found the Old Navy puffer vest to be affordable and good quality. I’ve had both of mine for a couple of years. I have the XS in both. I find they run true to size to a little large. Today I wanted to share a couple tips on how to style puffer vests.

  • The only major DO NOT when considering how to style a puffer vest is adding them over a large, bulky sweater or sweatshirt that might have dolman style sleeves or a super chunky knit/arms. When you already have a chunky fabric to start with, adding a puffy layer on top will not be a flattering option.

Style a Puffer Vest with a Button Up Shirt Underneath

When considering how to style a puffer vest, probably my favorite way is putting a button up shirt underneath, particularly a flannel or plaid. Button up shirts are my go to and such a wardrobe staple for me. This is a way to mix them up and get even more wear out of your favorites. See below for three ways I have styled mine. One with combat boots, one with dressier boots, and one with sneakers.

Style with a Long Sleeve Shirt

I love taking a basic white t-shirt or a thermal type shirt like my Splendid thermal below and making it feel more special with a vest. You can wear a solid or a printed shirt, either will look great. In this case, I recommend sneakers or wedge sneakers since your overall look is more casual.

Style with Jogger or Legging

Are you a stay at home mom, working from home, or some combination of both like me? Swap your jeans for joggers or leggings and create a super comfy athleisure look. Your puffer vest elevates your leggings or joggers to the next level but still feels so comfy. You can wear a sweatshirt underneath like I have here as long as it is a more fitted one (for example, I wouldn’t wear one of my oversized sweatshirts I wold wear along over leggings), a longer tunic style t-shirt or top to cover your bottom, or really anything you want. Just keep in mind my main do not mentioned at the top of the post.

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  • Reply Laura Bambrick January 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Super cute outfits! I love your leopard print joggers!

  • Reply Martha C January 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    So many great ways to style a puffer vest, I love it with the button-down shirts!

  • Reply Andrea Nine January 29, 2021 at 6:49 am

    This was such a great post because I have so many puffer vests and I’m always looking for new ways to wear them! These outfits are also cute!

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