The 18 Best Cropped Puffer Jackets to Keep You Warm and Stylish This Fall and Winter

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We all can agree that an oversize puffer is a great way to stay warm in the winter. A more stylish option, though? A cropped puffer jacket. Paired with Gen Z’s Y2K renaissance and balancing our wide-leg jeans and cargo pants, a cropped puffer is a no-brainer this coming fall and winter. 

“I think with everything being so oversized the last few seasons, we were due for a change of silhouette,” celeb stylist Liz Tiech says. “We've seen cropped puffers creep onto the runways the last few seasons and especially with the Prada re-Nylon Cropped Puffer becoming one of the it jackets last fall.”

However, you don’t have to go full designer to take on the trend. Whether you’re opting for the athleisure feel of the Alo Yoga Gold Rush Puffer Jacket ($198) or you're vibing with the latest Amazon jacket ($75) that’s a little more budget-friendly, there’s a cropped puffer jacket there for you. 

Meet the Experts

  • Liz Teich is a New York-based fashion stylist, style creator and on-air style expert. In addition to more than 15 years of commercial fashion experience with brands like TJ Maxx, Target and ESPN, she has also styled celebs like Mike Tyson, Tom Brady, Ashley Graham and the cast of Stranger Things.
  • Allison Berlin is the founder and chief stylist of Style Made Simple. She has appeared as a fashion correspondent for Lucky, InStyle and O Magazine and has worked with celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Liev Schreiber and Clinton Kelly.

How to Style a Cropped Puffer Jacket

Depending on the cropped puffer you chose, you can go daring or casual, according to Berlin. “The cropped puffer is cute and fun and is not for the coldest weather but keeps the puffer trend more fashionable especially when pairing it with cargo pants or wide-leg jeans,” she says. If the rest of your look is more minimal, she also suggests going for a bolder jacket that’s colorful or has a metallic shine. 

What to Look for in a Cropped Puffer Jacket

For a good balance of fashion and function, Berlin highly recommends shopping for a cropped puffer that has a hood. “Because it’s short, it naturally caters to fashion over function,” she says. “You can certainly wear it when it's 45 degrees out, but I would look for one that is a down/down combo.”

Teitch also recommends checking the material and down sourcing. “I'd opt for recycled materials because most puffers are made with fabrics that aren't easily biodegradable,” she says. “Nylon can take up to 40 years to decompose and polyester up to 200! Even the down or synthetic down is best sourced sustainably and ethically”

How We Chose the Best Cropped Puffer Jackets 

To pick the best cropped puffer jackets we both relied on expert recommendations and focused on trending pieces that were all over social media. We've included a variety of brands, styles and price points to fit tons of looks and budgets. We also paid attention to the down-fill power, with anywhere from 700 to 900 recommended for warmer jackets—but we also have some lighter options. Material was also at the forefront of our search, with fabrics like polyester and nylon prioritized. As for the length, we chose options that fell to the waist or shorter.

The Best Cropped Puffer Jackets at a Glance


Best Overall Cropped Puffer Jacket

Alo Yoga Gold Rush Puffer Jacket

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Best Amazon Cropped Puffer Jacket

Merokeety Long-Sleeve Puffer Jacket

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Best Bell Sleeve Cropped Puffer Jacket

Nike Sportswear Therma-FIT City Series Puffer Jacket

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Best Eco-Friendly Cropped Puffer Jacket

Patagonia Silent Puffer Jacket

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Best Hooded Cropped Puffer Jacket

Avec Les Filles Hooded Puffer Jacket

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What Is the Best Brand for Cropped Puffer Jackets? 

If you’re going for the athleisure look, Alo and lululemon have some great puffer jackets. Berlin also recommends Aritzia for all things puffer, but you can also shop at ASOS, BlankNYC and Amazon for more affordable options.

Should You Size Up or Down for Cropped Puffer Jackets?

Jackets are meant for layering, which is why both Berlin and Teich recommend sizing up a bit. An oversize puffer also lends itself to that trendy, slouchy look. But if you're petite, you may want to go with your size or even size down. 

Do Cropped Puffer Jackets Keep You Warm?

Cropped puffer jackets can keep you warm, but only a certain point of your body, which is why they’re ideal for chilly but not freezing temperatures. “Cropped puffer jackets are great for keeping you warm—until the coldest of winter days, as they don't keep your bum and legs warm,” Teich says. “I personally will be sticking with my long puffer for those days.”

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Best Overall Cropped Puffer Jacket

1. Alo Yoga Gold Rush Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: cinched waist, trendy
  • What We Don’t Love: pricey
  • Size Range: XS to L
  • Outer Material: recycled DWR ripstop
  • Fill: down alternative

This is a cropped puffer that you can wear to and from the gym and to date night (just be sure to wash it in between). It falls right at the lace and features that classic puffy silhouette that will keep you warm. The cinched waist is adjustable for easy layering and there are secret zippered pockets to stash your phone and whatnot. The black is a classic look but we also like the bold limited hues it comes in seasonally. 

Best Amazon Cropped Puffer Jacket

2. Merokeety Long-Sleeve Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: multiple colors, ribbed knit cuffs
  • What We Don’t Love: cheaper material
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

Teich defines this coat as the new it “Amazon coat”—and we can see why. The oversize puffer has some fun detailing like a large zipper and ribbed knit cuffs, and there's enough room for a bulky sweater underneath. Plus, it comes in nearly 20 colors, so you can experiment a bit with gold or hot pink. 

Best Bell Sleeve Cropped Puffer Jacket

3. Nike Sportswear Therma-FIT City Series Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: fun bell sleeves, sustainable material
  • What We Don’t Love: one color available
  • Size Range: M to XL
  • Outer Material: polyamide
  • Fill: synthetic-fill

The large bell sleeves of this puffer balances out the cropped length for the perfect balance of warmth and style. The roomy fit makes it great for layering and the large hood and high collar will keep your head and neck warm in the case of a chilly breeze. It's also features a toasty water-resistant synthetic-fill insulation that's been made from recycled plastic bottles for a sustainable option.

Best Eco-Friendly Cropped Puffer Jacket

4. Patagonia Silent Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: sustainable materials, fitted
  • What We Don’t Love: pricey
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: recycled polyester
  • Fill: recycled down

For a more outdoorsy look that you can feel good about wearing, Teich adores this option from Patagonia. “It's made from all recycled materials and will keep you nice and warm, not to mention stylish,” she says. Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, the brand claims it uses both recycled polyester and down material. It's more fitted and falls below the waist, but it’s still a great, shorter puffer that will last you years.

Best Hooded Cropped Puffer Jacket

5. Avec Les Filles Hooded Puffer Jacket

Avec Les Filles

  • What We Love: water resistant, rose gold hardware
  • What We Don’t Love: too short for some
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

Although this jacket may be short, the roomy hood makes all the difference in terms of warmth. We love the rose gold hardware that elevates this brown hue just a smidge. It's also water resistant, so you can rest easy knowing it will survive a bit of rain—or snow.

Best Wool Cropped Puffer Jacket

6. Sebby Faux Wool Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: faux wool, plaid pattern
  • What We Don’t Love: larger than expected
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: taffeta
  • Fill: faux down

We love the look of wool in colder temps, but it doesn’t always pair well with the puffer look as it gets a bit too hot. That’s why we love this faux-wool option. It comes in two different plaids with a shiny, taffeta exterior. There’s also a high collar to keep the chill off your neck without feeling like you're overheating.

Best Affordable Cropped Puffer Jacket

7. Gihuo Cropped Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: neutral colorways, warm
  • What We Don’t Love: need to size up
  • Size Range: S to XL
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: cotton

A minimalist shape and neutral hues make this a ski bunny’s dream. It’s especially warm, with 700 cotton down fill, but there’s still room to fit a sweater underneath. Falling right above the hip, it’s perfect to pair with high-waist jeans or even edgier cargo pants.

Best Luxury Cropped Puffer Jacket

8. Canada Goose Junction Puffer Jacket

Canada Goose

  • What We Love: wind- and water-resistant, fleece pockets
  • What We Don’t Love: pastel colors only
  • Size Range: S to XL
  • Outer Material: polyamide
  • Fill: down and feather

Canada Goose is synonymous with warm puffer jackets, so it’s only natural the brand would have an impeccable cropped option. With a down and feather fill, it is incredibly warm and the jacket itself ensures the heat stays in with ribbed knit cuffs and a two-way zip placket. It’s both wind- and water-resistant and you’ll be happy to know the pockets are fleece lined for extra warmth. 

Best Athletic Cropped Puffer Jacket

9. lululemon Wunder Puff Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: attachable hood, warm fill
  • What We Don’t Love: boxy when sized up
  • Size Range: 0 to 14
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: 600-fill-power goose down

Heading out to the gym in the winter requires its own designated coat, which is why lululemon took its popular Wunder Puff and cut it short to add to the trend factor. Don’t worry, though. You’ll still feel warm thanks to 600-fill-power goose down and an attachable hood. Plus, it’s both wind- and water-resistant to boot.

Best Date Night Cropped Puffer Jacket

10. KYL Cropped Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: trendy, chunky hardware
  • What We Don’t Love: thinner than some
  • Size Range: XS to L
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

With a true crop above the waist, chunky hardware and plenty of neutral colorways, this cropped puffer is meant to be worn for your next date night. It’s a bit thinner than some other puffers, so you won’t feel swallowed up by the material. But if you wanted to size up, it would still look great paired with leather pants or a black mini.

Best Colorful Cropped Puffer Jacket

11. Orolay Cropped Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: faux fur lining, oversized hood
  • What We Don’t Love: bright colors only
  • Size Range: M to L
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: 700-fill-power down 

Here at PureWow, we are obsessed with Orolay—aka the brand behind the OG Amazon coat. So naturally we were excited to see it made a cropped puffer. It comes in exciting blue and red colors for a nice pop and we adore the extra-large hood that features a faux-fur lining for extra warmth. Plus, it’s 700-fill-power down will keep the rest of your body warm without feeling weighed down.

Best Winter Cropped Puffer Jacket

12. The North Face Nuptse Puffer Jacket

The North Face

  • What We Love: warm interior, velcro cuff closure
  • What We Don’t Love: one color
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: down and waterfowl

This cropped puffer sold like hotcakes last winter, so finding it in this cool coral color was a pleasant surprise. Although it’s short, it’s ideal for winter with its down and waterfowl combo for extra warmth, high collar, elastic cuffs with adjustable velcro closure and interior drawcord. And on top of that it just looks damn good.

Best Warm Cropped Puffer Jacket

13. Aritzia The Super Puff Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: multiple color options, responsibly sourced
  • What We Don’t Love: sells out fast
  • Size Range: 3XS to 2XL
  • Outer Material: nylon
  • Fill: goose down

Aritzia is one of our favorite brands for all things puffer—including this cropped option. Aside from being available in 18 different color options, it's made with warmth and ethics and mind, with responsibly sourced goose down. (The brand claims it will keep you warm in temps as cold as  -4 degrees Fahrenheit.) Just be sure to act fast if you see a color you like, because it will sell out.

Best Quilted Cropped Puffer Jacket

14. H&M Cropped Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: simple, affordable
  • What We Don’t Love: cheap material
  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

Sometimes simple is best when it comes to a short puffer. This one falls just at the hip, making it a slightly longer option that's still super stylish with its classic quilted, relaxed fit with a stand-up collar. It comes in three colors, and at $50, it’s an affordable way to get in on the trend. 

Best Fur-Lined Cropped Puffer Jacket

15. BLANKNYC Faux Fur Puffer Vest


  • What We Love: fur-lined upper, cinched waist
  • What We Don’t Love: not the warmest
  • Size Range: XS to L
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

The large faux-fur collar on this puffer not only adds some extra warmth but also ups the style factor. Falling below the ribcage, it's a true crop to help accentuate the waistline for a (colder) night on the town. With a drawstring tie closure at the hem, you’ll be able to keep things tight and fitted no matter the weather.

Best Sherpa Cropped Puffer Jacket

16. Sixth June Oversized Puffer Jacket

Sixth June

  • What We Love: fluffy exterior, oversized fit
  • What We Don’t Love: not waterproof
  • Size Range: S to L
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

Two trends collide with this cropped sherpa puffer. It has a casual, oversized, boxy fit that will keep you feeling warm and looking cool when paired with light-wash high-waist jeans or leggings. Whether you layer a sweater or T-shirt underneath, you can’t lose.

Best Shiny Cropped Puffer Jacket

17. UGG Ronney Puffer Jacket


  • What We Love: slight sheen, fuzzy hood
  • What We Don’t Love: dry clean only
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Outer Material: nylon
  • Fill: polyester

Chevron-quilted stitching and a slight sheen add some visual intrigue to the classic puffer. It balances fashion with functionality too, with a polyester plush fleece hood and sneaky fleece pocket linings. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the sherpa forward brand.

Best Cropped Puffer Jacket Vest

18. FP Movement Limitless Puffer Poncho

Free People

  • What We Love: oversized look, good for layering 
  • What We Don’t Love: one size only
  • Size Range: one size
  • Outer Material: polyester
  • Fill: polyester

Although this puffer might not have sleeves, the oversize, slouchy look was made for layering a sweatshirt or even another jacket underneath. It has long side-tie detailing and is ideal for those chilly-ish days when you don’t want a full heavy layer. Once buttoned up, it gives serious poncho vibes as well.

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