Lets talk about coats.
Clockwise from top left: 1940s Princess coat....Hunter green coat....Tweed detective coat....Blue mod coat
If you are going to have just one vintage item in your closet, JUST ONE, then for goodness sake make it a wool coat. Unless you live somewhere warm, then perhaps look into a nice dress :)
Vintage wool coats are made from, well, wool. Pure and simple. Most modern coats, at least the fashionable ones, have a blend of wool and synthetic fibers, which brings down the quality but not the price. You can on the other hand find a vintage coat that no one else has, is made from all wool, looks amazing, and not spend a fortune. You can buy a well made vintage coat for a fraction of the cost for a modern coat of the same quality. These are some of my favorites on Etsy right now (especially that brown princess one. Wow.) and I'm sure you can find a great coat to last many winters to come!
And speaking of coats, check out this interview I got to do for Feathers and Air!
Actually they have nothing to do with each other, but still, you should take a peek :)