Fashion Advice: Updating an Old Winter Coat

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have a long camel colored wool coat that is 1 size too big on me now and has shoulder pads that I would rather not have. 1) Can I have the pads removed, and 2) I’d love to wear this with a belt to have a gathered look.  It didn’t come with a belt.  Would I be able to use an alternative belt like a fashion belt, or would you know where i could go to find one?

1. Yes you can remove the shoulder pads. In fact you should remove the shoulder pads
2. You can go to pretty much any tailor/dry cleaner to get a basic belt made. However, purchase a wide red or black belt to wear with the coat. This will give it an updated look and save you the trouble of having to find material that matches your coat. You can find these belts pretty much everywhere- from Forever 21 to Urban Outfitters to Target.