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How to style puffer jackets this season without looking like the Michelin man

Puffer jackets or down jackets as they are more commonly known are trending this season. Earlier what used to be essential for adventure junkies has now become a classic item of clothing for many fashion fanatics. A wintertime staple, these duvet jackets have skyrocketed on the fashion scale over the last few years. Thanks to the street style crowd and Moncler’s deluge of innovative takes on the garment a la Craig Green and their genius collection.

It’s one thing for those tilting heads on the front row of fashion shows to capitalise on these jackets, but it’s a whole other story when you need to don these cushioned jackets to save yourselves from temperatures below double digits. Also, let’s not forget about its ability to hide all the holiday weight.

Essentially designed keeping in mind its functionality, puffer jackets are not to veer away from style completely. The clunky cool jackets come in different shapes, colours, and designs – to ensure you fashionistas stay true to your fashion roots without succumbing to hypothermia in extreme weather.

How you can style puffer jackets this season and be OOTD-ready

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Go for slimmer, full-body coats

Now puffer jackets are designed to be less bulky. So, it’s an ideal option for travellers too. It fits closer to your form so you actually have a silhouette. What we love about this look is also the choice of a reversible puffer jacket, where folding up the sleeve cuffs afford a pop of contrasting colour. For the more practical of us with luggage space constraints, a reversible puffer jacket is basically two outer garments in one.

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Play with length and volume

This monochrome outfit achieves dimension with the wearer’s use of various silhouettes. The cropped puffer jacket layered over a simple, oversized button-down top with cigarette-thin pants add to the tapered effect.

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Experiment with how you wear it

Tossing the puffer jacket over your shoulders is passé, and so is the Instagram-led trend of wearing the jacket shrugged off one shoulder just so. Take it to the next level — button the coat or zip it tightly for warmth and have it snug just off both shoulders. Looking stylish is never always practical, sorry about it.

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Colourblocking is key

This giant pink marshmallow of a puffer jacket looks as comfortable and as warm as it gets and stylish too. Style your puffer with an all-black outfit and pops of subtle, contrasting hues in the form of a pumpkin-coloured beanie, denim cuffs, and sandy combat boots.

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If you're going oversized, go all out

The bulk of this puffer jacket comes not from the actual ribbed layers, but the deliberately oversized cut. Pair it with slimmer pants and an equally body-hugging top (think winter heat-retaining garments if you want to not freeze to your demise), and you’re ready to go.

How to style puffer jackets this season without looking like the Michelin man

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