A: There's nothing cooler than wearing a casual, utilitarian coat over more formal things. Remember, though, even if your parka is puffed up, you needn't be. My slimming guidelines:
Although parkas are innately sturdy, they need maintenance to keep the stuffing fluffy (try Down Wash by Nikwax, $5) and the outside fully water-repellent.
This low-fat version of the winter jacket has subtle ruffles and a smart belt (Add Down, $378). It looks even more polished with a patent leather bag (Dooney & Bourke, $385) and shoes (Jimmy Choo, $585).
Turtleneck and skirt, Cacharel, $225 and $311.