to Wear
with Brie WelchThree (eco) puffer looks we love,
from the NYC-based stylist.

My overarching thought process for all of these looks was, let’s just play with layering. An abundance of layering.
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“Turning down your overalls adds an interesting shape and bit of toughness, without feeling too childlike. I tie the straps in front, underneath the flap, to keep them from dangling.”

The drawcords really cinch in the waist and give a good shape, which is rare for a puffer.
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“I have this tendency to—when it’s raining or snowy or cold—put on a lot of light colors, like winter whites and this mint-green puffer.”
Ask a stylist:All about puffersBrie fields a few great questions from our @jcrew followers…
Q: Any rules for layering under a puffer?BW: Pick one thing to be your chunky, thick item. Don’t have a huge sweater and a really puffy jacket. A streamlined turtleneck and blazer with a bigger coat make sense. Watch the balance…
Q: How do I style a puffer with a skirt?BW: It depends on the length of the skirt. With a mini, I’d wear a cropped puffer with a cinched waist. With a skirt that ends past the knee, it’s cool to wear a longer-line puffer that hits closer to midthigh.
Q: Favorite go-with-everything puffer color that’s not black or navy?BW: It depends on what your neutrals are and how much color you already wear. I have a dull pink puffer that I wear with everything, but another great shade would be army green.
Q: What’s the most stylish way you’ve seen a puffer worn?BW: I really like puffers with trousers. It seems like an odd pairing, because puffers are always associated with being casual, but it looks cool—like an injection of youthfulness.
Q: Any outfit ideas for a chambray puffer?BW: I wouldn’t wear it with more denim. Maybe with trousers or some sort of fun print, to make it a little more elevated.
Q: How can I wear a puffer as part of my outfit, and not just something I take off as soon as I get to work?BW: A great option for inserting a puffer into your look that’s not necessarily outdoors is a vest. Styling it over a long-sleeve or button-down would be interesting. You could even belt it!
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“I like to wear a puffer when I’m planning on doing things that require a good range of motion, like picking up laundry or moving about more. It keeps you cozy, but not weighed down.”
Watch Brie brave a rainy day in NYC…
The quilted puffer lady jacket & quilted cocoon pufferWITH A COTTON-CASHMERE TURTLENECK & PULL-ON CHINO
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“This color palette feels very traditional and military, so I played with fun styling ideas like wearing two puffers together and tying the shoelaces around the pant leg to keep the cold air out.”
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