As the weather starts to cool, it’s time to think about finding cozier clothing that can help keep the sharp cold air off. That’s where plus size puffer vests comes in.

For fat fashionistas that like to layer, this is the perfect clothing item. You can throw a warm shirt underneath and wear them out on the town, and if you need to cool down, you can wear the vest with an open front for maximum breathability.

If a quilted vest is on your fall fashion list, I’ve picked around for the best of the best for the season. We’ve got colors, patterns, construction, and coziness all factored in, and I think you’ll just love them. 

What is a plus size puffer vest?

A plus size puffer vest is a best built for cooler environments where layering is ideal. They feature an insulted vest area that helps to keep you warm, but they’re breathable (and don’t have arms) so you can keep cool when you’re on the move.

Quilted vests are ideal for fashion and active situations. If you’re a runner or walker, throwing on a puffer vest can keep you cool and warm during a brisk fall outing. Likewise, if you’re headed out with friends, looking for a casual outfit, they’re great for layering and cute.

Why go with a plus size quilted vest?

Quilted vests don’t fit into everyone’s style. But for those that do love them, they’re ideal for layering. This makes them a great addition for cooler seasons like fall and winter. The best winter plus size quilted vests feature higher filler counts, but for fall you can go with something slightly lighter.  

Best plus size puffer vests

There are plenty of plus size puffer vests out there, whether you want something longer, shorter, neutral, or patterned, the perfect style for you is out there. But to save you some time, here are my top picks for plus size puffer vests this season:

Athleta

Athleta’s Whisper Featherless Vest comes in both light pink and black. It’s styled in a traditional quilted pattern, but is packed with their signature lightweight thinsulate keeping you warm without giving you unnecessary bulk. 

This plus size puffer vest features a longer back panel than front, a bungee waist for a custom fit, and secure pockets so you can stash your favs. The recycled nylon is sustainable, water-resistant, and it resists snags and tears.

Lands’ End

If you’re looking for a lightweight puffer vest that will keep you cozy during the cold weather, Lands’ End’s ultralight packable vest is for you. This water-resistant nylon vest boasts 800 fill power down to keep you warm, even if it’s cold out.

This vest packs right into a drawstring bag, making it a truly travel-ready option. It features a zipper front, has three pockets (two exterior, one interior), and is designed to hit just below the waist. It’s easy to care for (just wash it in your machine), and comes in four fashionable colors.

Target

The A New Day puffer vest is a must-have cold weather staple. Its shorter length makes it ideal for layering, and it features a soft quilted design with a stand collar. But while it’s a cozy choice, there are side vent details that allow for more movement and breathability.

This plus size puffer vest features a smooth, soft lining for a comfortable wear. But the front zipper makes it easy to pair with your favourite turtle neck or t-shirt. Plus there are front welt pockets so you can keep your belongings safe.

J. Crew

J.Crew’s PrimaLoft plaid vest is a must have in your fall and winter wardrobe. You can only get this bad boy online, and it’s a sustainable choice—made with recycled poly and filled with down alternative PrimaLoft. Look fashionable and help keep plastic bottles out of the ocean!

The aqua multi color is a fantastic choice for almost any wardrobe. It features a standing collar, and a hidden zipper closure with added snaps. There are also patch pockets so you can keep your things close and your hands warm.

Avenue

I’m in love with Avenue’s puffer vest with gold hardware accents. It’s a stylish and functional quilted vest choice that features a removable hood with a draw string. And if navy isn’t your color, it comes in a black or dark green spearmint. 

Made of a combination of nylon and polyester with a polyester fill, this cozy vest will keep you warm. There are dual zippered pockets so you can keep your things safe, and a front zipper closure perfect for layering.

Big Chill

If you’re looking for a slightly different pattern then the Big Chill plus size puffer vest’s chevron quilt design is for you. It’s versatile and stylish, not to mention it can keep you cozy in cold weather. But it’s lightweight and packable.

This vest features a stand collar and zip-front closure. It has two front zippered pockets so you can warm up your hands and keep your phone close. And the shell, lining, and fill are all made of 100% polyester.

Ulla Popken

Out of all the vests on this list, I think Ulla Popken‘s mustard choice is my favorite. The front and back both feature chevron quilting, and the vest itself is fully-lined. I cannot resist the gorgeous yellow, but if that’s not your style there’s a fir green and a black. 

This vest has an attached hood, making it perfect for outdoor situations. The ultra flattering design features a two-way zippered closure layered with snap buttons. It also has rounded extra deep pockets.

Joe Fresh

Filled with PrimaLoft, this Joe Fresh puffer vest offers a casual, modern design. It’s made of water resistant nylon that’s filled with 100% PrimaLoft polyester. It comes in two neutral shades—black and ash grey.

This plus size quilted vest has no hood, but there is a mock neck. It has a zippered closure, is great for layering, and the two zippered pockets offer secure storage for small valuables. Look and feel sharp this fall!

Lands’ End

If you want a cute puffer vest that offers colour choices, the Lands’ End Winter Down Puffer Vest is for you. It features 12 different colour choices, including the green, blue, and red plaid—so you can head outdoors in style this season.

With 600 fill power, this vest provides “weighless warmth” and the HyperDRY™ build helps it retain its warmth, even if the best gets a little wet. Fully-lined, there’s a zippered closure with two pockets to keep hold of your belongings.

What to wear with a puffer vest

Puffer vests are versatile, which means you have a lot of pairing options. But my two favorite picks are throwing on a pair of jeans—I prefer skinny, but I know that’s not “cool” these days—and a turtle neck. Bonus points if you throw them all together!

Jeans are the perfect companion for plus size puffer vests if you're looking for a cool, casual outfit.
Dia & Co Straight Jean | H&M Straight Jean | Lane Bryant Skinny Jean

Jeans

Pairing your favorite jeans with a plus size puffer vest and tall boots is ideal for a cute, casual fall date. While you can pair almost any pants with a puffer vest, I like jeans because they give you more shape in your legs to contradict the puffy vest on top.

Skinny jeans tucked into a pair of combat shoes or paired with some short ankle boots are my picks. But I hear kids these days are all about the bigger legged jeans, which could work too! These are my top picks:

Turtleneck

If you’re gearing up for a cool fall (or winter), turtlenecks are the ideal shirt bedfellow. 

I LOVE a good turtleneck underneath a vest of any sort or even a pair of overalls. They create a cozy, casual look, and the added neck coverage gives you a little extra warmth that you might need when the weather is colder.

There are plenty of turtlenecks to pick from, but here are my picks for the cutest to pair with your plus size quilted vest:

Puffer vest FAQs

What’s the best puffer vest?

The best puffer vest for plus size women depends on your personal style. I personally like those with no hoods, or those that are detachable. However, hooded vests are great for spending time outdoors. 

Do puffer vests keep you warm?

Yes, puffer vests can help keep you warm in cooler weather. They are great for layering, but you might want to go with a full quilted jacket if it’s really cold out. 

Are puffer vests worth it?

Puffer vests are worth it if they fit into your personal style. However, if you don’t love them, don’t push it. They’re not for everyone!

What do you wear under a down vest?

You can wear almost anything under a down vest. My top pick is a turtleneck, especially if you’re trying to stave off cold weather. 

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