Is it just me or has campus looked like a sea of puffy comfort scurrying from class to class as of late? Maybe it is just me, but there is no denying that with the bitter cold mornings we have fought through to get to class, these marshmallow-like coats look pretty darn tempting.

This Fashionista is the perfect example of wearing the puffer coat to its stylish potential. She is bundled up in her chunky puffer but manages to add both a little more warmth and a little more style to this look with her thick scarf and tall boots. Underneath her boots, she is sporting another fashionably warm trend with her exposed knit socks. This can be a cool way to add warmth, depth and a pop of color to any winter ensemble.

In the past, the puffer coat has been seen as a sacrifice of looking fashionable to just being warm and comfortable. Picture the unnaturally bright turquoise coat, circa 2001, and strolling to class with so much puff you can barely fit your tiny Jansport backpack around you. Now, we are certainly seeing a change of heart (and volume) towards the puffer. This winter, we have seen down coats transform from being an item worn solely to provide a giant layer of puffy protection from the cold to becoming a true style of their own.

The puffer has forever been around to warm us—it’s about time we warmed up to the puffer.

What’s your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Always keep an open mind in styling. Fashion moves fast and you never know what is going to come back and be your favorite piece in your closet.”