The Hunt for the Perfect Puffer Vest: A Try-On

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Well, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect puffer vest for what feels like most of winter – and I’ve tried on a TON. I didn’t have that much criteria while searching. Was I wanting cropped vest, or an oversized vest? I didn’t really know! All I did know was I wanted it to be cute AND I wanted it to be warm. Ha. So, with those very loose search parameters I tried on a LOT of vests of ALL sizes: cropped, oversized and regular mid-length.

My Search The Best Puffer Vest For Spring

Before I get into the ‘nitty-gritty’ of each vest I tried on, Here’s a quick run-down of my top puffer vest players:

1. Best Overall: Free People ‘In A Bubble’ Puffer Vest

There are a few good reasons why the Free People ‘In a Bubble’ Puffer Vest is my top pick from this try-on. Overall, I found this fit to be the best. It’s the perfect amount of ‘oversized’-ness and the fabric is lightweight and soft.

Free People In A Bubble Puffer Vest, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Sambas (7.5, also at Nordstrom)

I also really love the extra-width of the sleeve openings. Plus this vest comes in practically every good color you can think of – count ’em, 14 different colors. I’m wearing the ‘Bright Forest‘ color option.

Free People In A Bubble Puffer Vest, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


2. The Runner-Up: Zella Adjustable Drawcord Waist Puffer Vest

The Zella Adjustable Drawcord Waist Puffer Vest was a close second-favorite after Free People’s ‘In a Bubble’ Puffer Vest. The reason I love this vest is not just for the oversized fit, the but also the extra features like recycled polyester fill and the the adjustable drawcord waist.

Zella Drawcord Waist Puffer Vest, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (M, runs small) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Sambas (7.5, also at Nordstrom)

The drawcord detail really adds to the silhouette and this is the only vest I tried on with an option to cinch the waist. I found that it did run a little small, so I would order one size up.

Zella Drawcord Waist Puffer Vest, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M, runs small) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


3. The Warmest For Winter: Nike Sportswear Long Puffer Vest

So, this Nike windpuffer was one of my most unexpected favorites of the bunch. I knew it looked oversized when I ordered it, but I wasn’t expecting just how big and cozy it really is.

Nike Long Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Sambas (7.5, also at Nordstrom)

It’s definitely the biggest and warmest option out of all of the vests I tried on. It could easily function almost as well as a full-on winter coat — it really is that warm.

Nike Long Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


4. The Best Cropped Vest: Apparis Shaun Hooded Crop Puffer Vest

I’ve been wanting to try the brand Apparis for awhile now and I picked up their Shaun Hooded Crop Puffer Vest because I love the ‘slate’ color and wanted to try a cropped option. The fabric is super soft and noticeably high-quality, and the color is even cooler in person. It also is the only vest I tried on that has a stowaway hood in a convenient zip-up in the back of the vest.

Apparis Hooded Cropped Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


5. The Best Cropped Dupe: Amazon Daacee Crop Vest

This lil’ ultra-cropped Amazon Daacee puffer vest is a cute and affordable dupe for the Apparis Shaun Hooded Cropped Vest I also tried on.

Amazon Cropped Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Sambas (7.5, also at Nordstrom)

I like fun neon green version when I’m looking to add a lil’ pop of color to my wardrobe. If ‘Life Vest Green‘, as Shana calls it, isn’t your cup of tea, they also have a ton of other colors to choose from.

Amazon Cropped Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


6. Best Oversized Dupe: Amazon Songling Puffer Vest

This Songling Oversized Puffer Vest is really good option similar to Free People’s popular ‘In a Bubble Puffer Vest’ that I love so much, for only a fraction of the price.

Amazon oversized puffer vest, Free People puffer vest dupe, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (L) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Sambas (7.5, also at Nordstrom)

There are several very similar styles available on Amazon but I found this one to be surprisingly good quality. I actually ended up keeping this one and I wear it quite often because I like the ‘Beige’ color.

Amazon oversized puffer vest, Free People puffer vest dupe, Good American bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (L) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


7. Best Under $100: Noisy May Faux Leather Vest

This Noisy May Faux Leather Vest ended up being the only ‘regular’ fit vest that I actually really loved. For the under $100 price tag, the quality of this faux-leather vest is fantastic.

Noisy May Faux Leather Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans, adidas Samba sneakers

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29) | Adidas Sambas (7.5)

The fit is classic and timeless and it helps me re-live my highschool days when puffer vests were all the rage. It may be hard to tell from the pictures but the vest is actually a ‘Whisper Pink’ which is lovely in real life.

Noisy May Faux Leather Puffer Vest, Good American Bodysuit, Free People Moxie Barrel Jeans

Vest (M) | Bodysuit (M) | Jeans (29)


Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time,

Jess ( My Instagram | More of my Posts)

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