Puffer coats are a must-have when the mercury dips, but many leave you looking like the Michelin Man. Not to worry; DKNY is one standout brand that offers chic and warm styles every year. The Winter 2011 line is full of options including length, look, and textiles. We've rounded up the best women's DKNY puffer coats worth braving the elements in this season.
Luxury and puffer coat cross paths in the Long Sleeve Knit Puffer Coat, $595 at Bloomingdales and other fine department stores. What makes this coat special is the mohair and wool knit exterior that is extremely soft to the touch and perfect for cozying up in. It's highly practical, too, with a turndown collar, snap button front, and front seam pockets. The length hits mid-thigh for coverage and would look best paired with leggings, skinny jeans, or slim pants for a balanced look.
Another fashionable update to the standard puffer silhouette is DKNY's Double Breasted Puffer Coat with Knit Collar, $575. It's as tailored as a puffer can get with a contoured silhouette that cinches at the waist and double-breasted button closures. The knit collar is a nice, modern touch that also stays close to the skin and keeps you insulated.
Affordable options include the Long Sleeve Pillow Collar Puffer, on sale for $179.99 at press time at Macy's. The coat hits just below the hip and features a trendy and scrunchable pillow collar for stylish drama and practical warmth. The allover quilted design keeps the down fill from overwhelming your frame; the coat is available in black or steel.
Fur trim and puffer coats are the bread and butter of winter coatwear. DKNY's Faux Fur Trim Contoured Puffer, $189 at Macy's, helps you brave the worst of Old Man Winter by offering a length that falls past the knee. The streamlined silhouette and faux fur trim detail at the hood keep the coat stylish, however, and you have the option of choosing between black or brown.