Really? I don't think the pic does it justice at all, it looks much better when it's on me, at least I think so. The epaulettes are removable... but given the overall military feel and colour scheme I think I might just leave them on despite the fact that I have fairly strong shoulders. I dunno, we'll see how the mood strikes me. The other NiCo coat I was looking at (wool one) has epaulettes too but they're super obtrusive and taking them off is a necessity, these ones are ok.