The Search for the Perfect Puffer Coat

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navy coat (updated 2020 version) | green coat (updated 2020 version)

I’ve been on the search for the perfect puffer coat for 6 years now. Every year, I search the stores, the catalogs, the blogs…nothing has been quite right. I wanted something lightweight and not too constricting, with nice lines that don’t make me look like a giant marshmallow — something warm of course that covers my tush, and most importantly (or so I thought) something fun…or at least interesting…or with some sort of oomph. I have spent years wearing a terribly boring long black puffer that had no pizazz whatsoever.

Last winter, I gave up on my search for the perfect puffer and bought what I thought (at the time) was the most boring coat ever from Uniqlo. Navy blue, no embellishments, no detailed cuffs, no interesting snaps, no fancy fur hood…just a navy blue basic puffer. The first time I wore it though, I got so many compliments that I started reconsidering my idea of the perfect puffer. This Uniqlo coat is super comfy, has a pretty great matte finish, nice lines, and is a perfect neutral for all the pops of color I usually like to add. Last year, I wore it with my bright yellow hat with the pink puff ball on top, my red color block hat, and with lots of fun bags and statement sunglasses too. And I keep getting compliments on my very basic (dare I say a bit boring?) coat. It seems like there are a lot of others on the search for the perfect puffer too. Shana coveted it last year and kept threatening to buy the exact same coat in the exact same color and the exact same length. I kept reminding her that we see each other a ridiculous number of times per day on our city life paths, and we will look awfully silly walking to school next to each other in the same coat all winter long. Luckily for me, it sold out super fast last year, and she was out of luck. This year, however, it’s back.

I may have found the solution, though, because I think I have now FINALLY found the perfect puffer I was initially looking for. Boden came out with a beautiful puffer with contrasting trim, detailed cuff sleeves, fun racer stripes, AND a contrasting faux-fur hood lining. So now, of course, I can’t decide. I obviously don’t NEED another puffer coat, and I’ve grown to love my basic blue puffer, but I do think this IS the perfect puffer I’ve been looking for the past 6 years.

A terrible dilemma, right? Ha! So….TME readers (you know you guys have a good eye for these types of things), help me out:

1. Do I go with the Boden green one and let Shana rock the navy blue Uniqlo one she so desperately wants?
2. Stick with the blue one that’s been tried and true?
3. Choose the best of both worlds and rationalize owning and wearing both…and just rub it in when I see Shana that I have not one, but TWO  fabulous puffers now? (PICK OPTION 3! PICK OPTION 3!!!)
4. Keep the search going…maybe something even better is out there (I won’t be offended if you pick this option, I promise.)

Think you can't rock a puffer coat when the temps drop? Think again. We're obsessed with these warm, long winter coats in 2 unexpected & gorg colors.Think you can't rock a puffer coat when the temps drop? Think again. We're obsessed with these warm, long winter coats in 2 unexpected & gorg colors.Think you can't rock a puffer coat when the temps drop? Think again. We're obsessed with these warm, long winter coats in 2 unexpected & gorg colors.Think you can't rock a puffer coat when the temps drop? Think again. We're obsessed with these warm, long winter coats in 2 unexpected & gorg colors.

Puffer Details

Navy Coat: Seamless Down Short Coat (updated 2020 version)– (size s for reference) – comes in 8 different colors, water-repellant, wind-proof, lightweight and wonderful to wear. Comes in a longer and shorter version, but I think this one hits at just the right spot.  Last year’s sold out fast, fast, fast.

Green Coat: Boden Puffer (updated 2020 version) – (size 4 for reference) – comes in a really beautiful black with yellow details and a good navy as well, functional and super-cute contrasting ribbed cuffs, Boden-branded poppers down the front (snaps) along with a front zipper, and removable faux fur trim.

Shana’s Outfit Details

Jeans: AG Ankle Jean – Shana looks so great in these jeans. AG is not for my body type, but works so well for Shana’s.

Boots:  Free People Celine Ankle Boot – These looks so good with Eve-ry-Thing! So good.

Linzi’s Outfit Details

Jeans: Unfortunately my new favorite jeans from Pilcro have sold out in black, but these are almost identical.

Backpack: I finally replaced my old Fjallraven this year with a new Fjallraven. I’m loving the added laptop sleeve (which my previous one didn’t have), the multiple organizing pockets, and the color selections (loving the new chestnut color!)

Boots: You guys are probably sick of me talking about my clog boots. I’m really loving them, though. There’s a waitlist for most sizes, here are a few other options of similar ones if you don’t want to wait for the black Lottas.

Let me know what you guys think…

-Linzi