The unstoppable puffer is your best friend. It’s probably the most versatile jacket in your cupboard. Hell, you’ve probably got three. Thankfully, style has evolved and almost every brand out there has a version of the trusty puffer, especially the sleeveless work one, which has a rather fancy, forgetful name: the gilet.

Straddling a stylish line between smart and casual, with just the right amount of comfort and swagger, the sleeveless puffer is fast becoming an iconic cool-weather staple. Here’s how to make it work for any occasion.


The Retro: Choose a vest with a lighter fill and slimmer cut to avoid looking like you’ve put on a few extra kilos overnight.

R1 099, Country Road




The Standard: a Puffer vest can be a smart layering tool for when the air gets colder. Wear this puffer unzipped over a denim jacket for a relaxed fit.

R299, Style Republic at



The Adventurer: Don’t overdo it with the layers. Too much and you’ll end up looking like a marshmallow.

R1 999, Superdry



The Captain: Sport some attitude. For supreme comfort, wear this puffer over a sweatshirt and dark-wash jeans.

R899, Old Khaki


The Executive: This vest is best when dressing up. The slim cut style and neutral colour will look great under a suit jacket. You’ll stand out in a sea of soulless suits.

R1 299, Trenery



The Weekender: A stylish vest to smoothly transition from classic to cool. Dress it up with slim fit chinos and a button-up shirt or go the casual way with jeans and a printed shirt.

R429, Zara


The Lumberjack: Create an off-duty look that will demand attention with this versatile colour. Finish off the look with a denim shirt, dark jeans and rugged boots. And if you’re feeling bold, maybe a checked shirt.

R2 799, Timberland