Bonus: It has a secret feature that’s a travel game-changer

By Eva Thomas
January 13, 2020 11:53 AM
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Move aside, teddy bear coats. The puffer is taking over the top spot on the list of this season’s most coveted outerwear, according to our favorite celebs. Ariana Grande recently wore a long white puffer jacket that looked as cozy as it was cute (it drew influence from a duvet, after all), and Kendall Jenner is known to rep her ’90s North Face on the regular. With plenty of puffy styles on the market to choose from, it’s hard to imagine a group of celebs landing on the same option — but alas, such is the case with this Madewell jacket, which Charlize Theron, Camila Mendes, and Amy Adams all own.

Charlize is the one who most recently donned the jacket, styling it with gray Alo Yoga leggings and sneakers. The star appeared ready to tackle whatever the day threw her way in a comfy-chic ‘fit that’s ideal for running errands, grabbing a coffee, or working out, especially with that puffer to block out harsh winter winds. It boasts a swingy, cropped silhouette that you don’t see all that often — but that’s not the only surprising thing about this jacket.

You see, this coat isn’t just a run-of-the-mill coat that you throw on when you go outside and hang back up when the day is over. Rather, its purpose is two-fold: to keep you warm (a no-brainer) and to become your ultimate travel buddy.

The Madewell Travel Buddy Packable Puffer Jacket, as its proper name suggests, actually packs down into a super-handy neck pillow that’ll make all your flights way more comfortable — not only because it supports your head while you (try to) sleep, but because you won’t have a bulky coat taking up much-needed space on your seat.

Functionality aside, the Madewell coat is designed with eco-friendly PrimaLoft® insulation, a “warm-as-down alternative” that’s made of 100 percent recycled materials (a.k.a. this celeb-loved puffer utilizes 15 plastic bottles). Other notable features include handy side pockets to store your wallet and keys and a drawstring hem for an adjustable fit.

If you’re in the market for a new coat, don’t settle for anything other than a packable puffer. The genius outerwear is the ultimate travel game-changer in the wintertime — it offers exceptional warmth without weighing you down. Shop Charlize’s exact Madewell jacket while it’s on sale, plus others like it, below.

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Buy It! Madewell Travel Buddy Packable Puffer Jacket, $99.99 (orig. $128);

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Buy It! Bernardo Packable Down & EcoPlume Coat, $71.55 (orig. $159);

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Buy It! Marc New York Hooded Packable Jacket, $66.33 (orig. $99);

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Buy It! Kenneth Cole New York Packable Hooded Puffer Jacket, $99;

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Buy It! The North Face Nuptse 1996 Packable Quilted Down Jacket, $249;

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Buy It! The Re:Down® Puffy Puff, $168;

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Buy It! The North Face Nuptse 1996 Packable 700-Fill Power Down Vest, $179;

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