- Vertical or diamond-shaped quilting, never horizontal.
- A full-length zipper or placket (elongates the body).
- A belted or curved waist (to avoid that mattress-pad look).
- A less bulky fill; synthetics may be flatter than high-calorie goose down.
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.