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Eddie Bauer invented the puffer coat as we know it—and the decades-old brand is at it again, this time with a convertible and reversible jacket.

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WASHINGTON, we've got a genuine claim to the puffer coat: After a close call with death by cold, wet weather in the 1930s, local outdoorsman Eddie Bauer (heard of him?) married warm down insulation with a waterproof outer, and the rest was history.

While few of us face that same genuine danger even on our more strenuous hikes up Capitol Hill, there's something to be said for celebrating local lore by simply being as cozy as possible. Here are some of our favorite puffers, updated for fall and winter 2021. 

Editor's note: Many of these items are from small local shops and may sell out before we get a chance to update the article with even more cute puffers. Sorry for any frustration!

Paloma Wool Newton Blue Puffy Jacket, Prism Local


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Spain-based fashion favorite Paloma Wool’s take on the puffer is as charming as you’d expect from a brand known for its cozy knits and trippy prints. The tone-on-tone swirl pattern toes the line between a wear-everywhere neutral and a fashionable statement piece, while recycled down and nylon cement it as a sustainable choice, too.

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The Super Puff Shorty, Aritzia


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Rated for warmth down to -4 degrees fahrenheit, Aritzia’s ultimate puffer comes in a stylish boxy silhouette (as well as standard, longline, and men’s versions) and 22 different colors, from classic neutrals like modern taupe to stand-out brights like crocus purple.

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EBTek™ Reversible Down Jacket, Eddie Bauer Local


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Eddie's at it again with a coat that’s a little less survivalist and a little more Sartorialist, but arguably just as transformational. This colorblock puffer’s not only reversible—the sleeves can be removed to turn either side into a cozy vest. That’s (count ‘em) four puffers for the price of one. We especially love the statement coral reverse of the indigo colorway, but this unisex coat comes in classic neutrals, too.

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Boulevard Down Duster Coat, Athleta


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Stay warm and stand out (or don’t—it comes in black, too) with Athleta’s holiday-ready calf-length belted coat, available from sizes XXS to 3XL.

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Featherweight Down Vest, Filson Local


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Down vests: When you need the warmth of a puffy coat but just can’t wait to get to school to put your arms down. Filson’s version looks characteristically great with both workwear and street looks, but that two-tone colorway isn’t just for show: The shoulders and pockets are reinforced with a water-repellent material to keep the inevitable raindrops at bay. Keep an eye out for restocks of the jacket version (it’s light enough to avoid a Christmas Story redux, promise).

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Bogner Farina 2 Jacket, Evo Local


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No list of warm winter coats would be complete without a true-blue ski jacket. This futuristic take from luxury sportswear brand Bogner has a tough-to-find fitted silhouette, meaning you’ll stay aerodynamic on the slopes (and look like ski-bunny Barbie, in the best way, everywhere else).

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Baum und Pferdgarten Brooks Oversize Puffer Jacket, Nordstrom Local


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Neutrals have dominated the PNW fashion scene since *checks notes* the dawn of time. Not this year. Switch things up with a bright and cozy skiwear- (and, potentially, comforter-) inspired puffer that makes the jarring back-to-work commute just a little bit more like still laying in bed.

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Coldfront Down Jacket, Outdoor Research Local


We are suckers for yellow puffer coats, it’s true, but SoDo-based Outdoor Research genuinely brings the goods: light-but-cozy insulation, recycled materials, and a fit that’s made to layer.

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Paris 02 Short-Length Bomber, Noize


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Turn to Noize for all your vegan puffer needs: They’re PETA-approved, avoid the plasticky downfall of many cruelty-free brands by insulating their jackets with fill made from recycled plastic bottles, and have dozens upon dozens of fashionable options for every style, from this ultra-cozy matte neutral to iridescent crops and winter-ready puffer boots.

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REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0, REI Local


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Shoutout to our hometown outdoor gear powerhouse for a lightweight insulated coat that’s as cozy and cute as it is affordable. Find it in men’s, women’s, kids’, and toddler fits, plus hooded and longline versions.

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