13 Non-Frumpy Ways to Wear Puffer Coats

Few items keep you as toasty during the winter months as a puffer coat and this season, expect to see the sporty style pretty much everywhere. But while an inflated-looking outerwear pick protects you from the elements, it can make you feel kind of like a holiday parade float. Snuggly? Yes. Sexy? Not so much.

So, what’s the secret to keeping it chic while staying practical (and warm) in your puffy piece? It’s all in the styling, of course. And, as per usual, the fashion insider set has an abundance of outerwear inspiration to offer. Street style’s MVPs have been rocking the cold-weather staple in a non-ski slope sort of way for at least two seasons now.

The general styling consensus among the fashion crowd appears to be that a sporty/feminine mash-up is the way to go when it comes to successfully rocking a puffer coat. Balancing it with items like high boots, vinyl pencil skirts, floral frocks and sleek pumps give the puffer a decidedly sophisticated spin — and the fashion cred it never had previously. The idea is to treat it like you would any winter coat and style it accordingly. Over sequins? For sure. Color coordinating with your accessories? Absolutely. (Bonus points if you let it slip off one or both shoulders — if it’s warm enough, that is.) Joining the ranks of the sweatshirt and sneaker before it, the puffer coat has officially morphed into a fashion item.

Armed with these cold-weather styling hacks, you’re about to master the challenge of looking cute when it’s freezing out. Just click through the slideshow for 13 ways to fashion up your puffer coat like a street style star.

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