Dressing for the winter is only fun for so long. Once the temperature drops below 30 degrees and snowfall ensues, you'll be forced to trade in your cute mittens and peacoat for bulky, water-proof gloves and — worst of all — a puffer jacket.
A dead-ringer for the Michelin Man's suit, puffers are often unflattering and devoid of any style. Thankfully, the latest crop of coats will not only keep you toasty, but they're stylish too. Whether you want to spend a lot of time outdoors or you're in the market for the ultimate statement piece, there's something for every fashionista.
For the Jetsetter
Traveling a lot this season? Give your wardrobe the first-class treatment with Lauren Ralph Lauren's parka, available at Nordstrom. The quilted detailing will look fashion-forward in the Alps, the Big Apple, and everywhere in between — not to mention it's long enough to act as a makeshift blanket during a cold flight. And if you're headed somewhere tropical, you can fold this jacket into a small pouch and toss it into your carry-on.
For the Luxury Shopper
Canada Goose is the gold standard of winter wear, so if you're willing to shell out the big bucks for an exceptional coat, pick up this one from Nordstrom. Lined with a 100% white-duck-down fill, it's by far the warmest option on the list. Luckily, you won't have to sacrifice style for warmth: This jacket boasts a chic fur trim and is available in several cool colors. Just under $1,000, it's by no means cheap, but you'll have it for years to come.
For the Statement Style Setter
Blending in has never been your forte, so why get the same coat as everyone else? Designed to dazzle, Kate Spade's Jeweled Puffer Coat is perfect for any maximalist. The sweet collar and glitzy buttons give this warm topper a girly yet fashionable flair. Whether you wear it en route to a black-tie gala or while running errands, you'll be a shoo-in for best dressed this winter.
For the Savvy Spender
Good news for anyone on a budget: You can buy an awesome puffer for under $100. Uniqlo is known for making quality staples at an affordable price point and this down jacket is no exception. Made with premium down, the slim style is surprisingly warm. Similar to the Lauren Ralph Lauren parka, you can stuff it into a compact pouch when idle.
For the Adventurer
Consider Cole Haan's coat a top contender for walkin' in a winter wonderland. Between its flattering silhouette, stunning color, and warming insulation, it's equal parts sleek and sporty. The convertible faux fur collar is indisputably stylish, but we suspect it'll also keep you warm on the slopes.