7 Ways to Dress Sporty Casual in a Puffer Jacket

Hey guys! What’s up? Well, here day by day the weather is finally getting colder, so it feels like the right time to get my puffer coat out of the closet and show it gracefully to the word. “Gracefully?? Have you lost your mind, Kate?”, you may ask and I can’t blame you for that. Puffer coats may not be the most elegant or pretty jackets (I have friends that hate them and have none in their closets), but they are really good at keeping you warm and cozy on the colder days and that’s a pretty good reason to own one. You can dress sporty casual and go to the gym or even out for drinks! The choice is yours.

As you already know, I am not willing to sacrifice a good-looking outfit, but I can’t say no to comfort either. So what should I do in this case? My only option is to find a way to dress sporty casual, but look good at the same time of course! Luckily puffer coats are trending this season, so that makes styling one so much easier. Haven’t you heard? There’s no need to wear them only on the ski slopes or when heading to the gym. They can be perfect for strolls too. And yes, there is always a way to wear practical clothes without sacrificing your style. Keep reading to see how.

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How to Dress Sporty Casual in a Puffer Jacket

It’s true that styling a puffer coat in a decent way is not the easiest thing, but it’s my duty to find and suggest to you ways to wear it and look great when running errands, instead of looking like you are constantly heading to the gym.

But before we start styling it I will share with you my criteria when purchasing one.

  • First of all, it’s a must to have fur. Either on the hood or the sleeves. Additional points if it’s detachable. This way it looks a bit less sporty and athletic and it’s easier to style it for other occasions too.
  • Secondly, I don’t like it very long. I’m a fan of the shorter ones. For me, the limit is just below my butt. NEVER below the knees. This way it doesn’t cover me and my whole outfit making me look frumpy.
  • Thirdly, I don’t mind when it’s an oversized one, but there is a certain limit to that. If when wearing it I look like a balloon and my legs look like toothpicks I avoid buying it.
  • Last, but not least, I like it when its tighter around the waist. I find it more flattering to my figure. However, that’s not a necessary criterion, since I can always add a belt when I want to make it look this way.
  • Oh! And it must be warm, or else there is no point in wearing it at all. You will only make your life harder when it comes to styling it!

So now that we covered all the criteria let me show you some ways that I like to style my puffer jackets.


1. Total Black Outfit + Colored Puffer

A total black outfit is a really easy way to style any coat, let alone a puffer jacket. This way you give your jacket the chance to make a statement since it’s not overshadowed by any other garment. Your life will be so much easier!

max mara puffer jacket


2. Casual Outfit + Puffer Jacket

However, easier sometimes can be boring, so why don’t you try wearing your blue jeans, some boots and a sweater? I guess that’s what you probably already do on a daily basis, so next time add your puffer jacket and you’ll look trendy in seconds!

Sporty Casual Look


3. Sweater dress + Puffer Jacket

One of my personal favorite combinations. A sweater dress with knee-high boots and a puffer coat are such a stylish ensemble which I can never say no to. It will look even classier if you go for a monochromatic look. (If you are looking for a sweater dress to buy I have a post where I have links to some of my favorites.)

dress sporty casual in beige


4. The Puffer Jacket + Sheer Top

Mixing feminine pieces with sporty ones is my favorite! You can give your puffer jacket a sexier twist with a sheer top and some high heel boots. This way you can take advantage of your puffer coat not only for casual activities but for more special occasions too.

dress sporty casual in leather


5. Flared Trousers + Puffer Coat

This is a combination that day by day I’m becoming more of a fan. I like how flared trousers give a balance to the outfit when wearing a puffer jacket. No matter how oversized your puffer may be, there is no way to look unflattering, even if you are on the skinny side. Remember I mentioned above legs looking like toothpicks? Well, forget such a “problem” with this ensemble!

puffer coat with flared trousers


6. Puffer Jacket + Belt

If you are not afraid to experiment and try different things with your clothes, I suggest you tie a belt around your oversized puffer jacket. This way you give it an interesting more feminine twist and I’m pretty sure you will attract many positive comments. After all, style is about creativity!

puffer jacket with a belt


7. Puffer Coat + Gym Attire

Of course, we cannot talk about how to dress sporty casual in a puffer jacket without mentioning a proper attire for the gym. After all, a puffer coat is pretty much the only jacket style you can wear in the winter when heading to the gym. So, I find it’s my duty to make it look stylish even then. My go-to look for the gym is some leggings, an oversized hooded sweatshirt, and my sneakers. However, occasionally, if I feel like it, I like to wear such a combination when running errands too.

casual everyday outfit


As I was getting ready for a Saturday evening walk, I thought it was time to wear my puffer jacket too. I was in the mood for a mix of casual and sporty attire so I came up with the outfit below. Comfy and warm, yet to my eyes stylish (hopefully to yours too 😛 ). The total black look is my favorite and safest option (I was going for just a walk, after all, so I didn’t want to go for something too edgy) and with the poudre color on the jacket and shoes, it felt complete.

puffer jacket outfit

I really like the detachable fur detail on the sleeves.

nike air max 97

max mara coat

sporty outfit

Get the look!

Puffer Jacket: Max Mara

Shoes: Nike Air Max 97

Bag: Emporio Armani

Top: Stradivarius

Bottoms: Zara

Glasses: Super by Retrosuperfuture

Earring: NA-KD

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Hope my guide on how to dress sporty casual wearing a puffer jacket proves helpful to you and provides you with some inspiration. Looking forward to hearing your opinion in the comments section below! What do you think of the puffer jacket trend? Do you hate it or will you be wearing one this season?







    • Kate
      December 6, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      No, you should try them! If worn the right way, the don’t add extra pounds!

  1. Jen
    November 20, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    It’s very true that we usually don’t associate a puffer jacket with anything other than casual and sporty. I love the different looks you provided that totally dress it up. You make it look so fashionable, while still being warm and comfortable in a puffer jacket. Great pictures!

    It can actually be really versatile and provide a lot of different looks if you are a bit creative. I also really like the fur on the sleeves, and the belt and hood on the coat adds some extra flair. So cool – thanks for sharing!

    • Kate
      December 7, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Hello dear Jen! I understand it, everyone has a puffer jacket associated with a casual look and it makes a lot of sense. However, if we start being more creative I believe that we will be able to pull everything off on more than one occasions and that’s the beauty of fashion and style! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Josephine
    November 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I absolutely loved puffer jackets when I was growing up! I grew up in Ct, so it was always pretty cold once the fall season hit. I am glad to see that this style is making a come back because not only is it warm, but it’s also very cute. I never really thought about styling my puffer jacket until I read your post. You give some great insight on how to make it more versatile to fit your outfit which I love.

    • Kate
      January 13, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you my dear for your kind comment! Glad I gave some ideas to make the most out of your puffer jacket! 🙂

  3. Toccino
    November 22, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I love puffer coats! They are so stylish but I occasionally have trouble wearing them. Thank you for this post, I don’t know what I’d do without my puffer jacket. But now I can wear them in style. Many thanks to you friend, best of luck in your fashion endeavors!

    • Kate
      January 13, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Good luck to you too in any of your endeavors! 🙂

  4. Ileana Villasmil
    November 28, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Hello Kate! The main reason why I’ve never bought a puffer jacket is cause I had no idea how to wear it and not look like a marshmallow especially cause I’m a really short girl. Now I have some great ideas what to wear this season. Thanks for this post, it was really helpful!

    • Kate
      December 28, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Hello dear Ileana! Glad to provide you with some inspiration! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Earn X
    February 1, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    I like the way you totally dress your style, though puffer jacket sometimes is not my kind of style, going through your article has opened a uniqueness that l never thought of. The combination of your styles is so fashionable with amazing comfort and it provides a good creative art.
    My country weather is hot, but l will sure dive into your style when next l visits the States. Thanks for this amazing article.

    • Kate
      December 10, 2018 / 12:25 am

      Hello dear! So happy to hear your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to read my post! 🙂

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