1. Are the strings (that I see in the photo) used to tighten up the hood around your face? If the hood is removed, are those strings still on the coat?
2. Does this jacket have shape, like with princess seams or nipped in at the waist? The photos look like it's a boxy coat that hangs down straight. (I have a large chest and if the jacket isn't a shaped fit on me, it will look like a maternity coat).
BEST ANSWER: The strings are attached to the hood, so they disappear when the hood is removed. The coat is not nipped at the waist; it is a bit boxy. However the coat is perfect on a cold rainy day, so it's still in my closet.