Pictured sideways, because rotating this photo on the blog page introduces all kinds of warping of the image, due to the check pattern in the fabric. Tilt your head, please and use your imagination . . . .
This is such a cool discovery! In 100% nylon with a tiny, tiny black and white hounds-tooth check pattern – this is a mid-century ladies’ stylish answer to the basic rain poncho. True vintage raincoats in this type of upscale design are rare finds, indeed!
The usual, plain versions of this coat were common at least since the Forties and Fifties in uni-sex styles – usually somewhat heavy, clear or dull, grayish vinyl – to be thrown over your entire outfit in rainy weather, right along with vinyl “rubbers” over your shoes and a black umbrella. Pretty ugly.
This one is lightweight with decorative buttons and this black and white check pattern that was so popular in 1950’s wool coats, but on most coats the pattern was in a much larger size. I’ve never seen a vintage raincoat of this style that is printed in an attractive pattern. Still completely practical, but very chic! Also, nicely made – even down to the embroidered fabric tag at the neckline.
What a fun find!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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