11.12.2009

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 :)

18 comments:

Pretty Pirate said...

Those are gorgeous! I am about to list all my coats soon too. Speaking of amazing vintage coats, I just found the most beautiful 30's/ 40's swing coat today. It's fabulous. It makes me feel like a victorian pirate. I can't wait to come home for the holidays and try to talk my mom out of this particular vintage wool coat with square glass beads hand sewn on (made by a local designer who sold off to Nordstroms when they started) . She wasn't ready to give it up last year but maybe she is now. I am also really looking forward to checking out all the dresses at Urban Eccentric! Woot!

Ms. B said...

That princess coat is to die for! Ugh!

The Momma said...

I SOOOOOO lucked out and snagged myself the perfect pumpkin spice wool coat from my local thrift store for 99 cents! It has some lovely buttons! Now all I gotta do is get it to a dry cleaner.

That princess coat did make my heart pitter-patter!!

art*deco*dame said...

I love coats!since I'll be moving to Alaska I'll gt to really stock up on them

katrina said...

the blue mod coat for me, please.

Amanda said...

Gorgeous coats!

tiddleywink said...

I already have the de rigueur camel and black vintage wool coats in my closet, but that Princess coat is such a lovely cut and color!

Mel said...

I love those coats! I actually don't have a vintage coat, but I'm definitely going to look into it now :)

My Passport to Style said...

Hi there, the one on the top left pleeease, its is so chic!!Thanks for these vintage pics.Your blog is currently featured on My Passport to Style as my stylish blog crush of the week, thought you might like to know.Sharon xxxoo

Kass said...

wow that first coat is amazing.

for my birthday my little sister bought me a darling grey wool 40's coat...i am now living in the philippines, and it is way to hot too wear here! someday it will get its time to shine!

lauren said...

Great post - I am crazy for wool coats and have amassed a collection to outfit an army! Thank you so much for featuring my 1940s princess coat!

Scientific Housewife said...

I own a blue vintage trench coat that I bought on Ebay last year and I love it. I can't get anything too thick because I live in Florida but I love having a vintage coat :)

Lizzy said...

Ohhhhh I want them all!!! But the first one is SOOO gorgeous!

Corinna said...

the first coat is so pretty!
my problem with 100% wool is that it tends to smell like..well..sheep when it gets wet. and i don't really like wet sheep :D

Darla: Retro Ways said...

That green coat is amazing!


feathergirl said...

OMG, that princess coat! I'm always cinching my trench coat to try to get waist definition. That coat would do it for me!

DearBitsy said...

For my birthday I bought a brand new, cobalt blue , belted trench coat with a large collar and big black buttons! Of course the day after I bought it, it was warm and then It rained for 3 days!
These coats are gorgeous! I adore looking at coats at thrift stores!

caramelizedvintage said...

Those coats are gorgeous. I live in an area where it's pretty impractical to invest in a fancy, long wool coat but I really wish I had reason to.

I saw that first princess coat when Dear Golden Vintage posted an update and I gasped. Freaking amazing!