Fashion & Beauty

This Is a Puff Piece

IT’S NOT ONLY puffer coats and jackets these days. A whole bunch of things are all puffed up. And puffy accessories—handbags, backpacks, shoes—don’t make us all look like Bibendum.

That’s the name of the roly-poly Michelin Man, cute as a corporate mascot but not as a role model.

I poked around a little online and found some things that look of-the-moment but are guaranteed fat-free.

—Nancy McKeon

Puffy meets maxi. And how maxi is maxi? Very.

LEFT: Zara’s Quilted Maxi Crossbody Bag is $49.90, and at almost 10 inches tall and 13.6 inches wide, it’s plenty maxi. Shown here in silver, but it also comes in black. To use it as a clutch . . . just clutch it.

RIGHT: Also at Zara, a Quilted Clutch in blue or ecru. It zips closed and is almost 10 inches tall and 15½ inches across. It’s $29.90. Also, don’t forget Zara’s adorable puffy backpack in black; it’s $59.90.

Dries Van Noten has a few puffed-up ideas this season.
LEFT: The large Puffer Tote Bag has a fresh floral print on gray nylon and is $1,250 at Neiman Marcus. It’s almost 16 inches tall and about two feet across.
RIGHT: The Pinstripe Knotted Shoulder Bag in gray wool/nylon blend fabric is a ladylike 8.3 inches tall and 12.2 inches wide. It’s $595 at Neiman Marcus. The same shape also comes in crinkle metallic silver or gold, $1,245, also at Neimans.
TOP LEFT: Think of it as a cut-down cousin of the moon boot. Sorel’s Out ‘N About Puffy Insulated Waterproof Sneaker Boot is $139.95 at Nordstrom. It comes in black and Purple Sage and, just so you know, it was one of Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things for 2019. At, i also comes in Pure Silver and Natural Tan.
BOTTOM LEFT: Also from Sorel, the Hadley puffy slipper. Looks very comfy, with its faux-fur lining, and comes in Natural Tan (shown), Pure Silver and black. It’s $70 at
RIGHT: Staud says its Pearl Grace bag is evening-inspired, but it can definitely puff up a daytime outfit. It’s $275 in black (shown) or chestnut at

LEFT: The Think Rolyn puffer scarf in fuchsia and silver may not look so extreme when the temps start to drop. It’s $178 at Think Rolyn seems to be all about the puff: totes, camera bag, belt bag, crossbody, duffel—you get the picture.
RIGHT: Valextra may be known for its luxury structured bags, but they’ve caught the puff bug too. This is a navy-red reversible “jacket” for your gorgeous Iside top-handle bag. Stuffed with goose down and feathers, it may be rain-resistant, but it’s not resisting the puff trend. It’s $541 at
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