It’s winter in New York City, which means the balloons are out and about.
When it comes to dealing with the bitter cold of the East Coast, New Yorkers know that a sturdy puffer coat is the only way to go. In general, puffers can lean towards the bland and drab, a necessary evil that covers and protects your real outfit hidden underneath. But if you need proof that bean bags don’t always have to be boring, look no further than Tracee Ellis Ross.
The actor’s last street style moments made the puffer the main protagonist. While walking around SoHo on Monday, all eyes were on her Loewe puffer bomber jacket, which her fellow street style favorites Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Taylor Russell have also been seen wearing. (Ross also wore this particular emerald green color variant for another casual outing in New York last spring.)
She layered the statement piece over a loose-fitting gray turtleneck tucked into high-waisted navy pants. Ever the maximalist, Ross completed the ensemble with some more statement pieces, like her futuristic shield sunglasses and lemon-yellow clogs.
On Tuesday, Ross made another swollen appearance, in Tonight’s show starring Jimmy Fallon. She emerged from the studio looking cozy in a puffy black leather jacket with huge shawl lapels by Yves Saint Laurent, which she wore over a cappuccino-cream turtleneck and a caramel-colored gathered miniskirt. To complete her look, she added sheer black tights and brown Louboutin pumps.
In a report analyzing fashion “inflation” last year, content creator Tariro Makoni said harper’s bazaar, “That puffed, pillow-like and cartoon styles are in fashion represents a change. Modernity is no longer exclusively classified by these sharp edges.”
As Associate Editor of HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey stays on top of all the celebrity news. She also writes about social movements and connects with activists leading the fight for workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, rewatching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or shopping for another corset.