When you live in Iowa you are always well prepared for winter. This year, winter has been especially mild and there were few days last semester when a full on winter coat was even needed. Now in the heart of the winter season, however, one must be prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way. While peacoats and parkas are great for special occasions and brisk—yet quick—trips to the grocery store, walking to class with snow blowing into your face calls for the shield of armor known as a puffer coat.
I spotted this Fashionista on one of those days when it was so cold it actually hurt to breath. I myself was not as prepared, running around in my peacoat and fingerless gloves (thankfully I did have a hat). As I was rushing to get indoors, I noticed she was smiling and thought, “How could anyone be smiling with this wind whipping into their face?” That was when I noticed the cold wasn’t bothering her thanks to her trusty knee-length puffer.
Now as I am sure many other Fashionistas have noticed, puffer jackets aren’t always the most flattering, or the most stylish. But when walking to class in the winter, they are definitely a necessity. This Fashionista chose the perfect puffer in a shiny black hue with faux fur around the hood and a belted waist to emphasize her shape, which can often be lost in a bulky winter coat. However, for me, the best part of this jacket is the subtle chevron pattern of the stitching. This simple detail took this winter-necessary piece from practical to perfection in a simple stitch. Now that’s what I call smart fashion!