5 Ways to Wear a Puffer Vest

A puffer vest is one of those wardrobe items most of us seem to have, so I put together another 5 Ways to Wear post with this winter closet staple.

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Jo-Lynne Shane shares 5 Ways to Wear a Quilted Puffer Vest
These looks will be particularly applicable to those of you with milder winters because you don’t have the coat issue to contend with, but most of us probably get some mild winter days here and there when we can make use of our puffer vests… although maybe not this week! This approaching polar vortex sounds quite ominous.

Of course, you can always save this post to your Fall Fashion Pinterest board and refer back next fall! (If you don’t have a Fall Fashion Pinterest board, why ever not!?!)

5 Ways to Wear a Puffer Vest

#1. Puffer Vest + Striped Tee & Leopard Flats

This outfit is an oldie but goodie, and fortunately the striped tee is still in stock because it’s a good one! I think I have the navy ivory, but the ivory navy is just as good. (Odd that they have both, but anyway!) I really like the fit on this tee, and the wide neckline is flattering. For size reference, I have the small.

Almost any color puffer vest will work on top — red, green, navy, pink, camel… just probably not black. Then I think the leopard flats add a fun pattern to the mix. Leopard print booties would work too. With a tee and ballet flats, this outfit would work well for springtime too!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing green J. Crew Mercantile Women's Puffer Vest, Long-sleeve striped artist T-shirt, AG Raw Hem The Legging Ankle Jeans, and Tory Burch Minnie travel ballet flats in leopard print patent leather, with Love Always Classic Monogram Necklace 3XL in gold dipped. #fashion #womensfashion #puffervest #jcrewmercantile #fashionover40

green vest // striped tee // similar jeans // similar leopard flats // monogram necklace: 3XL

#2. Printed Puffer Vest + Crewneck Sweater & OTK Boots

This leopard print vest is back in stock in a few sizes, and it’s 40% off the sale price! (I have the small, for reference.) It’s really nice and lightweight, and I wore it with a camel sweater and black jeans, but it also looks great over a black sweater with blue or black jeans.

I know not everyone has or wants a leopard print vest, but you can use his same outfit formula with a houndstooth or plaid puffer vest, if you have one of those.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT leopard print puffer vest with camel cashmere sweater, black AG legging ankle jeans, and Blondo Olivia over-the-knee boots with Stella & Dot double pearl pendant. #fashion #womensfashion #winterfashion #leopardprint #leopard #winteroutfit

leopard vest // camel crewneck sweater (similar) // black jeans (option) // black OTK boots // necklace

#3. Puffer Vest + Turtleneck Sweater, Skinnies, and Boots

If you’ve been hanging around for very long, you already know of my love affair with this hooded puffer vest. It’s just so chic with the layer look double-zip and the hood. I have a small, for reference.

This vest is also very warm. I can wear the outfit above with the cashmere turtleneck and no coat and be quite warm in very chilly weather. It’s nice for when you’re going to the mall or a place where you don’t really want to deal with a coat and you won’t be outside for very long.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing burgundy Marc New York Performance Quilted Systems Puffer Vest with black Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, grey cashmere turtleneck sweater, and black BP. Lance ankle boots.

hooded puffer vest (option: sparrow) // grey turtleneck // similar black jeans (option; similar for less) // booties // similar tote

This packable vest from Amazon was one of my top sellers last November, when I posted this outfit. It’s very flattering with the chevron quilted pattern and vertical side panels. I’m wearing the cold green in a size small, and yes, it looks brighter in these pictures than it really is.

I think the white jeans are fun for a change, and the riding boots keep it classic. As an aside, wouldn’t these earrings be cute with this outfit?

packable vest (mine is the cold green) // camel turtleneck // white jeans (budget option) // Frye riding boots // silver drop earrings

#4. Puffer Vest + Pullover Sweater & Infinity Scarf

These two outfits are from 2016, but they’re still relevant even though most of the components are gone now. Of course there are so many possible color combinations with this outfit formula. A scarf adds another layer of interest and gives you the opportunity to add another texture or pattern to the look.

This outfit is one of my all-time favorite outfits. I loved it then and I still do! I wore a black J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest over a camel cashmere crewneck sweater with my favorite skinnies and burgundy suede ballet flats, and then I added the plaid scarf.

I actually tied a regular scarf to look like an infinity scarf; I just knotted the ends underneath the front. Unfortunately that scarf sold out because it was so good.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest with camel cashmere crewneck sweater, AG the legging ankle jeans, burgundy suede ballet flats, and plaid blanket scarf. #fashion #womensfashion #winteroutfit

black puffer vest // camel crewneck sweater (similar) // similar jeans // burgundy flats // plaid scarves // similar bag

And in this one I wore a bright red vest and a cable knit turtleneck with jeans and rain boots, and I added the plaid infinity scarf for color and warmth.

That scarf was the inspiration for the outfit — I just repeated the red and blue and ivory from the scarf in my various outfit components. The pompom beanie is a fun addition, and I do recall that it was quite cold that day!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing red J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest with ivory cable knit turtleneck sweater, DL1961 Emma legging jeans, Hunter classic rain boots, and plaid infinity scarf. #fashion #womensfashion #winteroutfit #hunterboots

similar red puffer vest // similar ivory turtleneck // skinny jeans // Hunter boots // plaid scarves // beanie

#5. Puffer Vest + Striped Turtleneck & Fashion Sneakers

This look is so simple, but it’s also very practical, and dare I say chic! I like the black and white look with a hint of color in the burgundy bag, but you could easily do this with a colored vest too.

I love the way the fashion sneakers take it down a notch and keep the look from being too preppy, and they also make this a great outfit for moms or grandmoms who are trying to keep up with young kids.

I linked to the exact turtleneck I have, and I take a small, for reference. It actually says it’s navy, but it’s so dark, it looks black to me! I wear it interchangeably with both black and navy.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing black J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest with striped tissue turtleneck, AG the legging ankle jeans, and Adidas Originals Superstar. #fashion #womensfashion #winteroutfit

black puffer vest // striped tissue turtleneck // black jeans (option) // Adidas Superstars // burgundy backpacks // initial pendant

Do you have a quilted puffer vest? If so, I hope this post helps you shop your closet and find some new ways to wear it!

If not, I highly recommend any of the ones I’ve shared here — they’re all affordable, good quality, and flattering on.

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