I LOVE this mid-century coat! It’s so post-war / early 1950’s . . . . . . Great for Spring, Summer and Fall. Of a light to medium weight rayon blend, it falls to below the knees and has a black acetate lining.. Obviously, it would like more room in my closet!
The collar, those big plastic buttons, the black/white pattern plus the shape tell its date, along with the fabric and the cut. In the last decade or so we’ve seen modern copycats of this black/white coat. The black/white check was popular again in the early to mid 1960s, but didn’t look like this one. The styles change, sometimes in a subtle way, each time there is a repeat but the fabrics and details are usually more likely to tell the different decades apart. Certainly the newer ones are easier to tell because the older fabrics just aren’t duplicated now.
It’s great to have a small steamer on hand if your space gets a bit crowded to keep things wrinkle-free, though I still haven’t found one that I really like. They’re easy to use and, when used properly, won’t harm clothing. Be careful that yours doesn’t spit drops of water that can leave spots on some fabrics. Safer and easier than ironing, most of the time.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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