Best Cropped Puffer Jacket Ideas

The Bottom Line Up Front

In this guide, I will be going through different cropped puffer jacket options for you to choose from.

Cropped puffer jackets can range from classic black to colourful jackets, high-end brands budget-friendly options and the new faux leather jackets. Read more below to find out which cropped puffer jacket option is right for you this winter. 

While the winter months mean darker evenings, cold feet and frosty pavements; the winter fashion trends are overhauled with boots, oversized jumpers and most importantly jackets.

Once the cold hits, the google search bar is overloaded with “best winter coats to wear” or “2022 jacket ideas”, but over the years a new trend has hit stores (and the google search bar)…cropped puffer jackets. 

Cropped puffer jackets? A simple idea, a puffer jacket but cropped! 

Why cropped? Long puffer jackets or otherwise known as ‘duvet coats’ have always been popular but hide what outfit you have underneath. A cropped puffer jacket highlights your stylish winter fashion while keeping your top-half toasty warm.

Best Season to Wear a Cropped Puffer Jacket

As mentioned the cropped puffer jacket look tends to come out in the winter months. However, it can still get chilly in spring and summer evenings. I would recommend putting the jackets away until the cold hits, but cropped puffer jackets can be worn all year round. 

How to Style a Cropped Puffer Jacket?

In this guide, I will be going through how to specifically style each puffer jacket recommended for you. However, most puffer jackets are easily styled with skinny jeans, boots, a chunky scarf and a woolly hat. 

Where to Buy a Cropped Puffer Jacket?

Cropped puffer jackets have been trendy for years (don’t worry this is a good thing!) and because of this it is easy for you to get your hands on an affordable jacket. Most major retailers will sell a cropped puffer jacket so you can really be picky on what colour, material and price you want to pay. 

Best stores to buy a cropped puffer jacket:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • H&M 
  • ASOS
  • Boohoo
  • Prettylittlething
  • Missguided
  • Monki 

Now let’s dive into the best puffer jackets you can buy this winter.

The Classic Black Cropped Puffer Jacket

Classic Black Cropped Puffer Jacket

I can’t do this guide without recommending the staple piece jacket to add to your wardrobe. The classic black puffer jacket can go with any outfit. The black highlights any bold colours underneath the jacket, or matches with well with the colours white and cream. 

Pros

  • Goes with any colour 
  • Staple item to add to your closet
  • Easy to buy from most retailers 

Cons

  • Doesn’t stand out 
  • Colour not suitable for the spring or summer months 

Where Can I Buy a Cropped Black Puffer Jacket?

If you want an affordable cropped black puffer jacket head to Bershka for a black jacket with a high collar, side pockets and jet black colour ($49.90 Bershka).

However, if you want to break the bank a bit more then head to Hollister for an even more ‘cropped’ black puffer jacket ($79.00 Hollister). This has adjustable straps to make the jacket more cinched if you want. 

Bright Colour Cropped Puffer Jacket

Cropped puffer jacket

If you want to stray away from a black wardrobe this winter, then grab a bright colour cropped puffer jacket to help you stand out in the crowd. 

What do You Mean by ‘Bright Colours’?

Anything that is colourful and bright! The most popular bright colour puffer jackets tend to be neon or pastel. 

Pros

  • Bold colour helps you stand out 
  • Fashion statement 

Cons

  • Hard to pair with certain items of clothing 
  • Less professional look 

Where Can I Buy a Bright Colour Cropped Puffer Jacket?

Most major clothing sites will have at least one bright colour cropped puffer jacket. If you want to find a cheap jacket then head to Pretty Little Thing for a mustard coloured cropped jacket for $48.00. If you want something that’s better quality then head to Stradivarius for a bright green jacket with large pockets (£29.99). 

Luxury Cropped Puffer Jacket

WOMEN'S TOMMY HILFIGER X TIMBERLAND CROPPED PUFFER JACKET

A quick history of the cropped puffer jackets…celebrities and influencers started wearing them. Celebrities like the model Bella Hadid wore cropped puffer jackets from high-end brands, which helped create the trend.

Celebrities have worn brands such as Fenty, North Face and Gucci. If you have savings and want to splurge then look at high-end, luxury brands to get yourself a cropped puffer jacket.

Pros

  • The high cost usually means high quality – be prepared to have this for years!
  • Makes you look expensive 
  • You can wear it with almost any outfit as it makes outfits look more glamorous  

Cons

  • High cost 
  • Hard to wear on casual errands 

Where Can I Buy a Luxury Cropped Puffer Jacket?

Tommy Hilfiger have partnered with the shoe company, Timberland to create a black and white cropped puffer jacket that would look perfect with your next ski season outfit. It’s big, bulky and incredibly puffy, keeping you warm in the winter months.

Be ready to save up for this jacket as it costs $279.99 (Timberland). If you want something different then make sure to have a look at sites such as Gucci, Burberry, Alexander Wan to get your luxury cropped puffer jacket. 

Cropped Faux Leather Puffer Jacket

Topshop faux leather cropped puffer jacket in black

Faux leather is the new trend of 2022, everyone seems to wear a faux leather jacket these days. It’s stylish and affordable and most jackets are now vegan, so it’s good for the planet too!

Pros

  • Most faux leather cropped puffer jackets have vegan materials 
  • Stylish look 

Cons

  • More expensive material 
  • The trend might not last 

Where Can I Buy a Cropped Faux Leather Puffer Jacket?

Topshop is selling a black leather cropped puffer jacket for $104.00 (ASOS). It has a high collar and side pockets, making it fashionable and easy to put your wallet in. If you want something more stylish then Parisian is selling a beige cropped leather puffer jacket for £60.00 that zips up. Perfect for a night out, 

I personally wouldn’t spend a fortune on this jacket as the faux leather trend might not last for years. 

Budget Cropped Puffer Jacket

Padded Crop Puffer Jacket

If you are really on a budget then you can get a super affordable cropped puffer jacket to help you not break the bank. 

Pros

  • Affordable price 
  • Wide range of options to choose from (Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, Shein)

Cons

  • Quality is likely not to be good 
  • Poor material so won’t keep you as warm 

Where Can I Buy a Budget Cropped Puffer Jacket?

There are a lot of budget-friendly sites out there, try Boohoo for an affordable cream jacket ($42.00) or Missguided for a basic caramel jacket for $42.00. 

What to Wear a Cropped Puffer Jacket With?

Puffer Jacket

The Classic Black Puffer Jacket

If you’re still worried about being cold then pair this black jacket with a giant, oversized scarf. Wide length trousers or jeans will make this black jacket look smart and fashionable. If you want a more casual look then wear sweatpants, jumper and sneakers, paired with some dark sunglasses for a relaxed look. 

The Bright Colour Cropped Puffer Jacket

These bright jackets can seem daunting to wear and hard to think about what to wear them with. I would stick to plain colours underneath (white, grey, cream, black) to help make the bright colour stand out even more.

Another option is to use the colours of the jacket in your outfit, but just make sure the colour is more toned-down against the jacket. For example, you can buy a neon green puffer jacket and wear a light, lime-green sweater underneath with black jeans. 

The Luxury Cropped Puffer Jacket

I would recommend keeping your new luxury cropped puffer jacket for special occasions, you don’t want to slip in the mud on a dog walk wearing this!

These jackets help you look fashionable and glamorous. Grab your expensive jacket for a night out or a fancy dinner. You can wear this jacket with almost anything as it really elevates your look. 

The Cropped Faux Leather Puffer Jacket

The cropped faux leather puffer jacket look elevates any outfit. It goes really well with a toned-down casual look. Grab some trainers and joggers and a jumper then put this puffer on with sunglasses and you will look super glamorous doing your daytime errands.

The Budget Cropped Puffer Jacket

It depends what cropped puffer jacket you are getting, most budget-friendly jackets are plain colours (white, black or beige) so they go with most outfits. 

Alternative Jackets You Can Wear

Long Puffer Jacket

The Long ‘Duvet Coat’ Puffer Jacket

If you are looking to be warm this winter then get yourself a long puffer jacket to keep your whole body warm. These jackets suit many different body types and lots of them come with a belt to help give you a shape, whilst keeping you warm.

Urban Outfitters has partnered with iets frans to create a long, cream puffer jacket for €75.00 (Urban Outfitters).

The Classic Puffer Jacket

These are the most popular puffer jackets. Similar to the cropped ones but they go up to your hips in length. MissPap offers a classic black, ‘utility’’ style puffer jacket for an affordable price (Debenhams, £25.00).  

Fur Jacket

These jackets are perfect for making you look glamorous and sophisticated. Topshop has a cream, fur coat that makes any dinner outfit look sexy (ASOS, $141.00). 

FAQs

Question: Are Puffer Jackets Still in Style in 2022?

Answer: Yes! Puffer jackets have been trending for years and because of this, there are now different types of puffer jackets to choose from. Whether you want it cropped or super long, there will be lots of stylish jackets to choose from. 

Question: What is the Best-Cropped Puffer Jacket?

Answer: This is a personal opinion but I would definitely buy a classic black cropped puffer jacket for my wardrobe, mainly as a staple piece to your winter closet. If you have spare money it is worth investing in brands like North Face as the quality of their puffer jackets is immaculate.
However, if you want to look trendy this winter then have a look at buying a faux leather cropped puffer jacket. 

Question: How do I Choose a Cropped Puffer Jacket?

Answer: Have a look in your wardrobe and see what your current winter wardrobe looks like. If you like bold colours then go for a bright colour cropped puffer jacket. If you mainly have greys, whites and blacks then go for a classic black cropped puffer jacket or faux leather cropped puffer jacket. 

Question: Are Cropped Puffer Jackets Actually Warm?

Answer: Yes! Puffer jackets are filled with insulation and synthetic fibres which can provide you with a lot of warmth (depending on the quality).
However, due to the jackets being cropped it’s important to keep in mind what you are wearing underneath. I would recommend a thick jumper or turtleneck and thick tights to make sure you are extra warm. 

Final Thoughts

It can be a bit overwhelming looking for your next winter coat. Cropped puffer jackets are a safe, trendy option to choose your next winter jacket. These jackets mean you can show off any outfit (due to the cropped jacket not hiding your outfit away).

While the idea may seem simple, there are lots of cropped puffer jackets to choose from. You can get a classic black jacket to match any outfit, or a bright coloured one to help you stand out in the crowd.

If you want to splurge then have a look at high-end brands like Gucci or Tommy Hilfiger as they will have a cropped puffer jacket with their branding on. 

However, if you really want to be ahead of the trends then grab a faux leather cropped puffer jacket to look stylish and edgy this winter. 

As the puffer jacket trend has been around for years, it is easy to get a good deal on a cropped jacket. Major clothing sites all offer cropped puffer jackets, meaning you can easily make a choice on how you want to keep yourself warm this winter whilst looking stylish at the same time.

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