It’s hard to imagine that true vintage garments (over 30 years old) could also be retro, but it’s true from the 1970’s onward when clothing makers started to reproduce 1940’s and 1950’s styles for the general market. That’s just about when the superb tailoring of the mid-century and before came to an end, so many of these items are not very nice. But, there are sill well-made examples worth picking up from the Seventies – Eighties time.
In this case, a coat dress and tuxedo-style jacket caught my eye. No labels remaining, but the shoulder pads and cut make the fit flattering. Both are fully-lined and elegantly styled. There will be times when they will come in handy or be fun to wear.
I don’t purchase these often, but, when you know what you’re seeing it’s sometimes a good buy that will be easy to say good-bye to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY