As a general rule of thumb, I try not to use weather-related intros—they're too predictable. But I have to break my own rule to state the obvious: It. Is. COLD. Winter is here, and it's predicted to be a brisk one. Now, more than ever is the time to find a plus-size puffer jacket that keeps you warm and keeps you fly.

For a long time, I avoided puffer coats because I was self-conscious about how they looked on my frame. But these days, you don't have to associate "puff" with "fluff." Many options are filled with down alternatives that don't add extra bulk to your body. However, if you prefer an oversized silhouette, there are mid- and long-length options for you, too. And if you're anti-black coats—no worries, there are plenty of printed and colorful options for you to peruse
( though my personal favorite number from Fabletics might change your mind.) Scroll and shop ahead.

Cropped Plus-Size Puffer Jackets

Ava & Viv
Women's Plus Size Short Puffer Coat
Disrupt the sea of basic black coats with this vibrantly printed number.

Price: $65

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Daily Ritual
Women's Relaxed-Fit Mock-Neck Short Puffer Jacket
Prepare to stop traffic in this Amazon find.

Price: $75

Shop at Amazon
Image: courtesy of Athleta.
Old Navy
Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket
Perfect for a weekend at the châlet.

Price: $40

Shop at Old Navy
Wander Cropped Puffer
My go-to puffer for the season. I wear this on dog walks, to work, for date nights and brunches... the list truly goes on and on.

Price: $100

Shop at Fabletics

Long & Mid-lengh Plus-Size Puffer Jackets

Image: courtesy of Dia & Co.
Hilary Macmillan
Printed Purple Puffer Coat
Whimsical, chic and shimmery. What more could you want from a winter coat?

Price: $365

Shop at Dia & Co.
Mara Plus Long Length Parka
Dog paw-rents know the importance of a long parka for chilly morning walks.

Price: $295

Shop at Noize
Image: courtesy of Universal Standard.
Universal Standard
Kanda Puffer 2
Another one of my personal favorites. The wrap silhouette is flattering and eye-catching.

Price: $268

Shop at Universal Standard
Image: courtesy of Pretty Little Thing.
Pretty Little Thing
Plus Silver Foil Longline Puffer Coat
For silver surfers only!

Price: $145

Shop at Pretty Little Thing