Every winter, the entire population of New York City packs away their colorful summer clothes and dons one singular item: a winter coat. And when it comes to banning the chill, fewer pieces keep you warmer than an oversized puffer coat. While not necessarily the most glamorous piece in your winter wardrobe, the puffy topper may just be the most important one when it comes to keeping you warm during the gray days between November and March.
And just like wide-leg jeans and cowboy boots, the humble puffer coat has undergone a major upgrade in the style department. Once limited to monotone colors that matched the black and white cityscape, options now come in every color and pattern possible. Nike makes one in a bright yellow plaid pattern, while Ba&sh makes a shimmery silver option. If it's a longer style you're after, Tory Sport makes a luxe jewel-toned color-blocked option, while ASOS makes a cropped version that retails for under $100. Pus, Save The Duck makes options that use vegan-friendly synthetic down padding.
So, if you're trying to stay warm this season without blending into your usual all-black outfit trap, we've rounded up our favorite puffer coats to try right now, no matter your budget.
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