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 in the photo are used to tighten the hood around your face and if the hood is removed you will also remove the strings.
I would way the fit is pretty boxy, no princess seams or the like.