Hibernation is not necessary this winter, but an SJP-inspired puffer coat is in order.
The sun has set on Halloween, which means one thing. No, it’s not time to start making winter holiday wish lists and checking them twice. Let’s be honest, with all the early sales, you’re probably passed that point. The shorter days and colder temperatures signal it’s time to prepare for the winter chill. Sarah Jessica Parker is ahead of the game, as always. She was recently spotted in a short sherpa-lined black puffer over a bright pink frock and sandals on the set of “And Just Like That...” Season 2.
Puffer coats have come in and out of style. They were hits in the Y2K era and had a resurgence in 2018. Like so many styles from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, the cozy, quilted down coats are once again a thing, particularly shorter styles like SJP’s.
The caveat: You’ll want to snag yours quickly or risk getting left out in the cold. Puffer coats are selling like hotcakes, partly because of fall sales sweeping the internet. Here’s where to find pillowy coats so warm they negate the need to settle in for a long winter’s nap.
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The North Face has long established itself as an accessible leader in outerwear. And, like its functional coats, the brand has stood the test of time. The black 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, $320 at Bloomingdale’s, is an unfussy water-repellent puffer coat. The relaxed fit of the 1996 Retro Nuptse allows you to layer over sweaters. More than 500 previous buyers have given the coat a 4.8-star rating, praising its comfort and warmth. The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, $320 at Bloomingdale’s
The North Face Printed 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket puts a fresh spin on the classic puffer. It’s also slightly less than the traditional black style, currently available for $290 at Bloomingdale’s. The white-and-gray leopard print is unique but still winter-ready. Ditto for its functionality. The stand collar with a stowable hood, quilted style and water-repellent nature is the same as its black counterpart. The North Face Printed 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket, $290 at Bloomingdale’s
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The Zella Faux Fur Puffer Jacket, $169 at Nordstrom, allows you to play with texture à la SJP. The so-soft, so-smooth adds style and coziness to the otherwise basic quilted puffer. A stand collar keeps the neck warm but leaves extra room for a scarf if the weather calls for one. Zella Faux Fur Puffer Jacket, $169 at Nordstrom
The price of the Bernardo Short Puffer Jacket in copper and stone blue, usually $149, is currently $99 at Nordstrom, a 32% markdown. The puffed channel quilting, hidden hood, polyester fil and unique colors make this coat functional and fashionable. A more traditional black version is available at the full price of $149. Bernardo Short Puffer Jacket, $99 at Nordstrom
Outerwear can get pricey, but the Gihuo Women's Cropped Quilted Puffer Jacket, currently $43 on Amazon, offers a cozy look for less. The cropped hem falls above the waist, so the chances of it sloshing around in the snow, like the longer styles, are minimal. The jacket is available in 10 colors, including blue, cream, brown and black. Previous buyers have given the short puffer coat 4.6- stars out of five for its cropped length and cute design. Women's Cropped Quilted Puffer Jacket, $42.99 on Amazon
The Barbour Shaw Lightweight Puffer Jacket is 34% off, down to $165 from $250, as part of Nordstrom’s sale. This jacket’s lightweight fabric ensures you don’t feel like you’re wearing an entire comforter, and it easily fits in a suitcase. The caveat: It’s not great for sub-zero days, but it’s optimal for 35-degree and above weather. Interior pockets keep essentials safe. The coat is available in a cool zinc (gray) and black. Barbour Shaw Lightweight Puffer Jacket, $165 at Nordstrom
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The AQUA Jane Down Puffer Jacket, usually $228, has made like the mercury and dropped to $171 at Bloomingdale’s. The 25% discount runs through Nov. 7. Sherpa lining gives this coat a similar look and feel to Sarah Jessica Parker’s on-set style. Thumb-hole knit cuffs give hands extra warmth underneath gloves and add edge to any look by themselves. AQUA Jane Down Puffer Jacket, $171 at Bloomingdale’s
The Big Puff Jacket is down more than 30% from %168 to $117 at Gap. And since it’s still over $100, you can take an additional 20% off, bringing your total to $94. The puffer’s relaxed fit is in line with the oversized silhouette that’s everywhere this season and allows for plenty of layering. A water-repellent exterior and knit thumb-hole cuffs are prepared for all things Mother Nature. It’s available in black and green and tall, regular and petite sizes. Big Puff Jacket, $94 at Gap
Old Navy has knocked $40 off its Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket for Women. It’s usually $80, but you can currently snag it for $40 in red plaid and black (though the deal is so good, it’s already sold out in several sizes in black). Pink, blue and maple coats are available for $50 — still a cool discount. Nearly 500 reviewers have given it about 4.5-stars, calling it soft, warm and the perfect winter companion. The coat comes in petite and tall sizes. Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket for Women, $40 at Old Navy
The Women’s Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Puffer Coat, created exclusively for Macy’s by Michael Michael Kors, is on sale for 39% off. It’s typically $280, but you can currently get the coat with luxe faux fur on the hood for $170. A removable elastic belt provides styling options, and water-resistant fabric makes it storm-ready. Michael Michael Kors Women’s Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Puffer Coat, $170 at Marcy’s
The Wantdo Women’s Hooded Warm Winter Coat, usually $81, is 14% off and $70 on Amazon. The bubble jacket has a detachable hood and adjustable drawstring for all-over protection from the elements. Eleven color options include black, navy and army green. More than 2.3K users have given the goal 4.4-stars, calling it practical and flattering. Women’s Hooded Warm Winter Coat, $70 on Amazon