The Big Puffy Vest – Yes or No?


20131212-IMG_7372 1


I told myself that I looked like a giant marshmallow in big puffy vests.

Apparently, I had never tried the right puffy vest.

fashion 2


The ones that don’t make you look like you just blew up like a sumo wrestler.

And they do exist. How did I miss this?

I’m still not completely SOLD on puffy vests, but this one from Old Navy has me pretty close to changing my mind.

fashion 3

There are still some things I don’t necessarily “get”.

For instance. 

If you have on a puffy vest…you can’t wear a coat. So the temperature has to be JUST right for this piece to work.


I’m a “universal” kind of chick. Sooooo…. puffy vests don’t necessarily fit in the universal category. They are good for when the weather is about 60 degrees. No more or no less.

And that pretty much never happens.

I’m kidding. Sorta.

I’ve actually worn this vest when it’s been way colder and felt fine. It wasn’t like I was doing much more than going from my car to the house.

You know what other rule I broke? I wore black with navy. Is that legal?


Ok, so. Do you get into the whole puffy vest trend? Yes or no?

*Want deep wavy curls like this? Check out my tutorial HERE.


  1. says

    So I was the same way! I kept seeing cute vest outfits on Pinterest and other girls and thought, “meh not my style”. BUT THEN I tried the Old Navy puffer vest too and I am in love! I wear mine so much! I hate winter coats b/c they are so bulky and I can’t stand wearing one while I’m driving but a vest I can handle. Except this week when it’s like -14.
    Shannon Dew´s last blog post ..Feeling Funky

  2. says

    I was so afraid of the puffer vest. I saw other people wear it and they looked awesome but, like you, I just didn’t believe I could do it. I finally bought one on clearance at the Gap and I wish I had done it sooner. I love it – and you look great in it!
    Kelsey Jaderston´s last blog post ..Project: Paint Trim White

  3. says

    I always was leery of how they looked on me but after seeing Shay at Mix and Match Family post about them, I bought one at Gap and have LOVED it the past couple months. It’s been my go to piece and wish I had started looking for them a long time ago!
    Paige´s last blog post ..Five on Friday

  4. says

    I’ve been wanting to try a puffer vest for SO long! I haven’t found the right one for the right price yet, I guess. I’ll have to check out Old Navy though because they’re always reasonable! I understand your delimma though with the temps needing to be almost perfect to wear. I do ADORE your wavy hair and I watched the tutorial, i can’t wait to try it myself. I need to purchase one of those curling irons though!
    Heather @ From Here to There´s last blog post ..#Itwasthebestnightever

  5. says

    I use to not like them , but I love them now. I wear a heavy sweatshirt or sweater and then a scarf and I stay pretty toasty. It looks great on you .

  6. says

    I have one from JCrew I love. I can only deal with flat puffy vests (say what?) so I have a figure and don’t look like the pillsbury dough boy (well, girl). Love the one you have on…such a super cute outfit- hope you went somewhere fun in it :-}
    Erin´s last blog post ..and life gears up to change again

  7. says

    I like that you chose a neutral that you can pair with so many different tops. This year, I purchased my first “puffer” -red with brown toggles. I wear it about twice a month and MUST wear a coat until I’m in a warm dwelling (Nebraska-brrrr) :) Love your blog!

  8. says

    I feel the same way, I always feel like a big puff ball and hate wearing them. I actually found one a couple years ago from American Eagle that I LOVE and it doesn’t make me feel gigantic. I have a love/hate relationship with them.

  9. says

    I own a North Face puffy vest and I absolutely love it. I am literally cold all the time, so in the winter I will sometimes wear it under my coat and then take my coat off and leave it in the car when we go out to a restaurant or party. I wear it almost every weekend in the spring and fall when I’m out and about or running errands. You look super cute and very non marshmallow in yours btw.

  10. says

    Hey Mandy! A friend of mine recommended your blog to me and I’ve been loving reading it! Your sons are so adorable! I was also interested in your blog because my husband and I are in the middle of the adoption process and I notice that you are too. I just started a blog about it and I hope you have time to stop by and say hello! PS Love the puffy vest!

  11. says

    Hi Mandy,
    I am Saw Your Blog and Like It Was In Sparring To Me So I Thought I Would Ask YOU About What You Thought About Things, What To Do & How You Can Help Me.
    Also I Saw The Question And My Answer Is Yes, You Should Wear It, It Looks So Beautiful On You. Some People Say I Am Obsession With Puffer/Puffy Vest But I Am Not Shore About That I Don’t Think About Them All The Time so you can’t actually Say, so I Am Obsessions With Them But….I Am Going To Ask About Your Mac and Cheese And How You Backed It And The Recipe For It. What Can You Tell Me About Food Because I Read On Your Blog That YOU Talk & Have A Section On Food So I Was wondering What YOu Could Tell me That mite help me or inspire Me. Also I Was Wondering What You Like To Do Like Your Hobbies, Obsessions, Passions, Interest, Are? Can You Explain Tell Me More About? P.S. I Love This And Reading It It’s Awesome And Amazing To Me. :-) :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge