Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside.

Fall is here, so the coats will be coming out soon. I love the coats from the 50s and 60s. This one is from 1963, so the fullness of Lucy's coats is going away, replaced with clean lines. These collarless coats were great for showing off jewelry, but many of them could be dressed up with a detachable fur collar and cuffs as well.

The buttons were usually "couture," meaning that they were special -- carved, rhinestone encrusted, woven, or any number of other embellishments. I once was browsing around the thrift store, thinking of buying a great 60s car coat I'd seen. I must've thought too long, because when I went back a few minutes later, the coat was there but beautiful blue rhinestone buttons had been rent from the front of the coat. I felt like going over and grabbing the mike at the register, demanding for the culprit to come to register #1 and turn themselves in!

One thing you have to be careful of when purchasing a coat from this era is the sleeve length. Just like in the photos, gloves were usually worn, so it's not unusual for these coats to be 3/4 length instead of full length. If you are buying online ASK how long the sleeves are, and ask how the seller measured them, or you could be in for a disappointment.

This one is a Prominent Designer pattern, A868 if you're interested, by none other than the genius Estevez. I don't remember seeing anything he's done in outerwear before -- he generally designed great cocktail dresses and the like. I'd make this one in a beautiful aubergine, and wear gray gloves. And a hat.

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