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Bundle up with the best: the top puffer jackets to wear this winter

Battle the cold in style.

Winter is nearly in full swing and in case you missed it, it’s puffer jacket weather.

No piece of clothing has evolved with the times quite like the humble puffer jacket. After surging into popularity in the 90s – styled to streetwear perfection by hip-hop artists, girl pop groups and (of course) Princess Diana – it’s now impossible to leave the house without spotting a puffer on the streets of any New Zealand city.

It’s not hard to see why the puffer jacket has since become a winter wardrobe staple. Guaranteed to keep you cosy in even the harshest of winds, versatile and stylish – the puffer jacket is a foolproof outerwear piece to add to your collection.

If you’re feeling the winter winds extra hard this year, or perhaps are on the hunt for your new favourite coat – look no further. Below, we are taking a look at some of our favourite puffer jackets for every budget, to suit every style, and for you to shop to your heart’s content.


  1. The North Face, $506, The Iconic (here’s why)
  2. Lululemon Wunder Puff jacket, $389, Lululemon (here’s why)
  3. Seed Heritage Longline Quilted Puffer, $195, ASOS (here’s why)

The best puffer jackets to shop during winter in 2024


The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

from $506 at The Iconic

We can hardly discuss puffer jackets without mentioning North Face. The brand has become the unofficial face of the style and its designs have been spotted on celebrities from Harry Styles to Ariana Grande and Kendall Jenner. Its lightweight design and classic silhouette make it clear why it is a favourite of the fashion-forward.

Sizes: XS – XL

Materials: 100% Nylon

Key features:

  • Twin zip pockets to waist; interior zip pocket
  • Concealed hood; packs down into collar
  • Zip-through front

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Lululemon Wunder Puff

from $389 at Lululemon

Make getting out of bed for that 6am Pilates class just that little bit easier with this down puffer which comes in a series of chic colourways – including a this on-trend copper shade we have our eye on. We love this jacket best for its cinchable waist: not only does it help keep out chilly winter drafts, it prevents the puffer-jacket Spongebob Squarepants shape that is so easy to fall victim to.

Sizes: 2 (NZ 6) – 12 (NZ 16)

Materials: Polyester, Grey Goose Down, Grey Goose Feather

Key features:

  • Removable hood
  • Hidden phone sleeve and zippered hand pockets
  • Water-repellent and windproof fabric


Seed Heritage Longline Quilted Puffer

from $195 at ASOS

If you prefer a classic style and are after something with some added coverage, this chic Champagne beige longline quilted puffer is great for neutral outfits and pairs well with just about anything.

Sizes: 4 – 18

Materials: 100% Polyester inner, 100% Nylon outer

Key features:

  • High neck and longline style
  • Zip and snap button fastening
  • Quilted fabric

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Columbia Women’s Heavenly Jacket

$247 on Amazon

This insulated weather-resistant jacket is perfect for outdoorsy types. With a heat reflective lining and comfort cuffs to keep the hands toasty, this is a great one for those in need of a little extra warmth, without too much puff.

Sizes: XS – XXL.

Materials: 100% Polyester

Key features:

  • 100% synthetic down insulation
  • Machine washable
  • Fleece pile-lined collar


Essential Puffer Jacket

from $375 at Aje Athletica

The perfect puffer for wintery workouts, wear this on those chilly morning walks or on the way to a much-needed hot yoga class. The elastic tie belt and gold hardware elevates it above any old puffer jacket so you can rock it straight to brunch.

Sizes: 4 – 18

Materials: 100% Recycled Polyester

Key features:

  • Oversized, longline fit
  • Snap close high collar
  • Detachable hood


Epiq SE Puffer Jacket

$480 at Kathmandu

A Katmandhu puffer jacket is a Kiwi classic, and this new special edition has brought that beaten-up version you wore through university firmly into 2024. Made from recycled materials – including ‘end-of-life’ car tyres – its carbon footprint is low but chic levels are high. Lightweight and buttery soft, it’s a great pick for your outdoor adventures. 

Sizes: XS – XXL

Materials: Shell: 100% Recycled Nylon. Fill: 80% Duck down 20% Duck feathers.

Key features:

  • Water-repellent and highly durable 
  • Made with recycled materials 
  • Sleek, triple-black aesthetic

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