How does one make a giant down coat look chic? This is the question I asked myself as I stood in my mirror this morning, getting ready to step outside and conquer the snowy New York streets.

I have a great down jacket. It’s super warm, it covers my behind (VERY important if you want to be as warm as possible– cropped coats just don’t do the job!) and it’s practical for the weather today. Unfortunately, when I wear it, I look like I am in a sleeping bag. A very large sleeping bag. Not fashionable during fashion week.

Today, I attempted to chicify my sleeping bag with a wide black leather belt, cinched at the waist (my inspiration). I’m not actually sure if it’s working (actually, I am pretty sure it isn’t working), but I do feel a little less like the Michelin Man.

Do you have any tips for making a giant down coat look less, well, like a giant down coat?