STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Get the Down Low on Puffer Coats

Style Advice of the Week

On cold, dark winter mornings, anything more fashionable than copious layers seems impossible. Personally, I want to do nothing except turn off my blaring iPhone alarm and burrow under my down comforter. Unfortunately, that always makes me about an hour late and it’s not acceptable to wrap up in a duvet for class. For those times when you have to brave the cold too early in the morning, downy puffers, like this Fashionista’s knee-length coat, are lifesavers.

This Fashionista braced herself against bitter winds and chilly temps with a thick down coat. Her lightly colored puffer flaunts a faux fur-lined hood that adds a bit of glamour to a sporty coat. Otherwise, the coat has a minimalistic style, which nevertheless creates a significant impact due to its extended length.

The rest of her outfit worked perfectly in sync with her standout coat. Balancing out the airy, downy bulk, she kept the rest of her outfit slim-fitting. She layered dark tights with similarly hued shorts and paired them with an aqua sweater, her one pop of color. Creating her outfit with pieces of rich colors starkly contrasts the light beige (almost ivory and a slight nod to winter white) color of the coat. The skinny silhouette of her outfit emphasized the volume of the coat without adding to it.

I have always considered puffer coats sporty and mundane, which is why I love how this Fashionista gave her coat a relaxed, yet chic vibe. When adding a puffer coat to your closet’s rotation, try pairing it with unexpected pieces. Top off a pair of sequined pants with a neutral cropped jacket or pair a long version like her’s with a fitted skirt of a similar length. As we see, she chose a pair of taupe lace-up booties with spikes to give her casual coat a daring edge. Another option is to go for a coat in a vibrant and glossy color. With a rich hue and shiny sheen, a coat like Burberry Brit’s ‘Eddingly’ Down Jacket gives an athletic coat dramatic flair. If you are worried about adding too much volume — something that most of us try to avoid — toss on a belt. This unexpected twist performs double duty accessorizing the jacket while downplaying the volume.

On those days when staying in bed isn’t an option, opt for a down jacket and get ready for a fashionably warm walk to class.


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