Outfit of the Day: 1960s Coat
I made a contribution to Small Business Saturday (SBS) this past year, two days after Thanksgiving 2013. I was in North Carolina visiting my father and sister for the holiday. As the family festivities came to a close, I became focused on getting my shopping itch fulfilled by going to a consignment store for SBS. Out in the country with no real Black Friday events popping off, I was excited to actively participate in the next best thing! Tucked away in a town I’d never heard of, my family took me to a spot called Fine Consignments in Edenton, NC. It was packed from front to back with all kinds of consignment goods. I picked up a few things, but none so darling as this vintage 1960’s grey over-coat with a fur mink collar. Shopping the vintage look is still fairly new to me, but when I saw this coat I immediately thought of both of my grandmothers who loved to dress. This coat reminded me of them both.
The high quality and attention to detail in clothing that emerged following WWII is still quite fascinating, and it’s such a pleasure to find an item that is still perfectly in-tact from decades ago. I was drawn in by the quality of this coat, but was not immediately married to the unfitted structure when I first tried it. I am used to a more fitted look, even with outerwear. It was the originality of the look that sold me, the satin lining, fur trimmed collar, over-sized buttons and the bracelet sleeve. I saw my grandmothers in the coat and many other well to do ladies of the 1960’s. I wore the coat for the first time this weekend to a Martin Luther King, Jr. service at church. I figured it was a perfect time to debut it as it was certainly a look that would have been seen during the height of the Civil Rights Era.
It was a cold day. Underneath the coat I wore a brown Max Studio scoop neck knit dress with dark brown opaque tights, brown suede Brian Atwood booties and a pair of Prada inspired sunglasses. I can’t forget the brown vintage leather gloves!
Let us know what you think about this look, and show us your take on vintage!
~ Yana B.