How to Wear a Puffer Coat (Without Looking Like a Marshmallow)
Your biggest winter problem, solved
“You know what? I want to look like a giant marshmallow today,” said no New Yorker ever.
But in order to stay warm as we schlep outside through freezing wind, sleet and snow, fashion takes a backseat and we basically end up wearing a giant bedroom comforter for three months.
Not this year. Ta-da: Seven ways to wear puffer coats that are actually stylish.
OFFSET THE PUFF WITH SOME FLUFF
Pick a puffer with fur around the collar (or add your own) to shift the focus to your shoulders instead of your midsection.
Get the look: Mackage ($795)
UNZIP AND LAYER OVER KNITS
…And roll up those sleeves so the cuffs can peek out.
Get the look: Zara ($119)
BRIGHTEN IT UP
Yeah, yeah, we know black is slimming. But instead of going all black like a burned s’more, try wearing black clothing under a bold-colored puffer. Much better.
Get the look: Moose Knuckles ($795)
START LIGHT AND ADD ON LATER
Don't wear your blizzard parka every day. Go accessory-free in a lighter coat on warmer mornings, then layer up with a sweater, scarf, hat and gloves as the evening gets cooler.
Get the look: Burberry ($595)
COLOR-BLOCK TO STREAMLINE YOUR LOOK
Play with bold blocks of color (even if it's just a white scarf with a black coat and gray pants) to disguise a bulky jacket.
Get the look: T Tahari ($645)
EMBRACE THE BULK
Hey, sometimes puffy can be stylish, too. (As long as you pair it with skinny jeans.)
Get the look: Duvetica ($566)