As I type this post, I'm shivering in the frigid Fashionista office in my new Uniqlo hooded puffer, so you know this shopping round-up is 100 percent self-motivated. I am living and breathing ice cold puffy coat weather right now. (I could also use a pair of fingerless gloves, too, but that's a whole other market story.)
While we've been able to avoid this subject late into the fall season, we now need to discuss the puffer coat — if not for the taste of wind-blown, bone-chilling winter that some of us experienced this past weekend. But take a moment before before you snap up the nearest down-filled jacket and resign to looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (or a mountain trekker) for the rest of the season. Because there are puffy coats out there that are actually not-that-puffy — chic and streamlined, even — and some with a few unexpected updates on the cold weather staples, including cool silhouettes, futuristic metallics and vibrant colors and prints. So why choose function over fashion if you can have both this winter?