Can a fat girl pull off a three-quarter-length down coat without looking like the Michelin man?
I have worn nothing but wool winter coats for years and years. I love them, but I’m sick of them. So this year, I bought myself an honest-to-goodness ’80s-style parka, and I’m quite happy with it except for one thing: their temperature rating LIES. We’re barely into December, and I’ve already been outside in enough below-freezing weather to know this coat ain’t gettin’ me through winter in Chicago.
So I could get a new wool coat. Which would be super practical and familiar and have the added benefit of being slightly dressier if I actually go somewhere dressy. (For a while, I was convinced I needed a long wool dress coat AND a warmer everyday coat, until it dawned on me that I usually only bust out the dress coat about twice a year, max, and never for occasions that truly demand a dress coat. My life is just not that fancy. When Al gets us season tickets to the opera, I’ll think about getting a nicer coat.) But for some reason, for the first time since about 1985, I’m finding myself completely smitten with the idea of a down coat.
Anybody got any strong opinions or advice with regard to fatness and down? (Or Land’s End v. Eddie Bauer v. L.L. Bean for coats?)