Best Bet: J.Crew’s Meribel Puffer


In heavy snow (or, worse, the dreaded "wintry mix"), your wool peacoat just isn’t cutting it. In time for the next slushy onslaught, J.Crew’s Meribel puffer coat is 30 percent off. The thigh-length nylon jacket is fully lined and stuffed with goose down for insulation from the elements. And though functionality trumps style considerations once the temperature drops below freezing (a generous hood: key), the sash belt provides some definition, so you won’t look like you’re wearing a sleeping bag. Depending on your size — including petite and tall versions — the coat is available in navy, charcoal gray, plum, and a muted mauve.

Meribel puffer coat, $169.99 (originally $248) at J.Crew or online.