How to Pull Off the Sleeveless Puffer Without Looking like a Mountaineer

The unstoppable puffer is your best friend

Azeez Jacobs |

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.

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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

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