Over the years I’ve mentioned puffer coats several times because I’m a fan. If you have four seasons, puffer coats (or casual parkas as I used to call them) form part of a 3-coat-complement necessary to combat the elements. When it’s bitterly cold, like below freezing cold, a puffer coat is warmer than a wool coat. Think of yourself as wrapped up in a stylish sleeping bag.

When you shop for a puffer coat, remember the guidelines to ensure a practical and flattering fit. Think sleek tailoring, flat quilting, a knee- length and vertical seam detailing. No need to look like the Michelin Man. Promise!

Now is the time to purchase a puffer coat because mid season sales are in full swing. Macy’s has an excellent selection and ALL their coats are 40% off in stores. Nordstrom also has an excellent puffer coat assortment, as does Lands’ End. In fact, we’re running a competition at the moment and two Lands’ End puffer coats are up for grabs. Click here for competition details. Good Luck.