In the words of House Stark, Winter is coming. I am a huge wimp when it comes to cold weather and have turned to puffer coats to help me get through the season. This style has come a long way since my days in high school and college.I have been eyeing this hooded puffer coat from Alice and Olivia ($698) for a long time. It’s pricey but has a playful silhouette that makes you feel pretty not bulky. Waiting for a friends and family sale or a holiday promotion, can take away some of the pinch on the wallet. In true form, I started to look for alternatives. Enter stage right Zara’s quilted coat ($139) which has a similar shape and hood. It’s a great way to get the look for less but this version may not be as warm as Alice and Olivia’s coat so if you freeze up easily like me (I think back to my last winter visit to New York in which I cursed every time I stepped outside), it may be worth the investment.