You've Had Your Puffer Jacket Forever — Here's How to Wear It Right Now

The 12ish Style
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Like pretty much anyone living in a cold climate, I've been wearing puffy coats for about two decades, so I was a little confused to see my go-to outerwear being pushed as a trend this Winter.

How could something so utilitarian and familiar, a piece that's become a no-nonsense staple for so many ladies, cross over into gotta-have-it territory? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying no — when fashion and function collide, I'm thrilled. Sneakers and oxfords? Sign me up. Athleisure? All day, erryday! So . . . puffy coats? OK, yeah, why not?

The trick to nailing this particular trend is to put a fresh spin on it. So leave that basic black puffy in your closet this season, and keep reading for a few foolproof tips on how to perk up your puffy.

The easiest way to add oomph is with unexpected color. From bottle green to Bordeaux, look for a fun, saturated hue. Lots of brands are having major sales at the moment, so now is a great time to hunt for deals.

Getting away from the standard shape is another way to work the trend. I love how the unexpected ruffle on this pink Lands' End ($199) version (available up to size XL) puts a fun twist on a familiar silhouette.

And speaking of trends, faux fur is also big this season, so why not put the two together? This Gap ($148) version looks way more expensive than it is (the beauty of faux fur). It's plenty cute on its own, but for extra impact, why not bedazzle it with DIY iron-on patches like this fun lightning bolt ($2)?

And for that special runway appeal, don't forget about the power of good styling. If you're getting dressed up, reach for your puffy instead of your usual dressier coat. More than anything, the high-low mix of polished meets sporty is what's going to set you and your puffy apart this season.