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15 Best Women's Puffer Vests That Are Perfect for Layering

Stay warm with these cozy picks.

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The hardest part of transitioning from season to season are those weird weather days—the ones when you don't know if it's cold enough for a winter coat or still okay for a lightweight fall jacket. For those times, a vest is definitely best. Because they don't have sleeves, the best puffer vests for women offer just the right amount of warmth without being too heavy. And when temperatures get even colder, you can wear the vest as a layering piece, either under your favorite jacket or over a cute sweater or light coat.

As with puffer jackets, puffer vests come in tons of different materials, styles, and colors. (You don't have to love a sporty look to love a puffer vest!) When shopping for this layer, keep these things in mind: Do you want a heavier-weight vest or something lightweight, maybe even packable that can fold up small? Do you want your puffer vest made with polyester, a recycled material, or something else? Do you want it to be insulated with real down? And what about color? Puffer vests often come in neutrals like black and olive green, but you can find snazzier colors if you hunt for them. No matter what your preference—or your budget—one of these 15 best puffer vests for women is sure to be just the right fit. And once you choose the vest for you, be sure to pair it with the season's best ankle boots.

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Under $50
Zipper Puffer Vest

The standing collar on this simple puffer vest gives it a preppy look, especially when layered with a quarter-zip sweatshirt. This inexpensive vest also comes in a number of other colors including blue, black, and gray.

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Under $30
Erika Kaila Quilted Vest

This super-affordable vest comes in eight pretty colors and patterns. This rich peacock-blue paisley print gives even a plain gray sweater so much personality!

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Super-Soft Velvet Material
Velvet Puffer Vest

Not all puffer vests need to be made from windbreaker material. This one shines in a burnished velvet—wear it when it's frigid but you're headed for a night out.

Old Navy
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Available in Plus Sizes
Narrow-Channel Plus-Size Puffer Vest

A classic, dark green camouflage pattern is always in style. This one comes in a wide range of sizes and is perfect for layering.

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Upcycled Material
Upcycled Lightweight Puffer Vest

One hundred percent of the stuffing and shell of this vest are made from various recycled materials, including plastic water bottles taken from landfills! It's lightweight, so it gives you warmth without bulk.

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Super Lightweight
Lapasa Lightweight Water-Resistant Down Vest

This vest seems tailor-made for traveling: It weighs in at less than a pound and compacts to be smaller than a football! It's also water-resistant so it's perfect for dog-walking or hiking—just add a pair of hiking boots.

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Classic Herringbone Pattern
Merokeety Quilted Herringbone Puffer Vest

Herringbone is definitely coming back into style, and it's easy to see why: This vest is perfect for adding pattern to your look without being too crazy. And thanks to this inexpensive Amazon version, you don't need to break the bank to get the look.

Eddie Bauer
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Classic Down Puffer
CirrusLite Down Vest

Search no further for a classic down puffer vest: This one from trusted outdoors brand Eddie Bauer is both stylish and functional. It's made with a wind-resistant nylon shell and is insulated with premium down.

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Preppy Style
Quilted Vest

This preppy vest would look great with a pair of riding boots! Its quilted design and shiny brass buttons add extra interest.

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Under $30
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer Vest

If you're not planning to encounter sub-zero temperatures, then this budget-friendly vest should do the trick. It adds warmth for everyday activities like a quick walk or running errands.

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Editor's Pick
Wunder Puff Crop Vest

Splurge a little on this oversized puffy vest from Lululemon. It's super warm and great for carrying your bits and bobs: In addition to hidden interior pockets, it has zippered exterior pockets and a hidden phone sleeve!

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Worth the Splurge
Columbia Heavenly Vest

This vest gets its name from its insanely comfortable, cloud-like feel. It's meant for brutal winter days: Columbia's patented technology ensures the interior lining retains body heat while the breathable shell dissipates moisture to keep you dry. The pretty color is a bonus!

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Cozy Hood
Wantdo Insulated Vest

When just a vest isn't quite enough coverage, a hood can add a little extra warmth and protection from the wind. This wine-colored vest benefits from a snuggly fleece hood and faux fur trim.

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Classic Pick
Patagonia Down Vest

This windproof, tear-resistant ripstop shell features a water-resistant finish to keep you dry in surprise rain showers. It'll cost you, but Patagonia's gear is made to last.

Abercrombie and Fitch
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Fuzzy Lining
Puffer Vest

A super-soft lining makes this puffer vest great for layering over sweaters or sweatshirts on extra-chilly days. The slightly cropped shape looks great with high-waisted jeans.

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