Here’s Stella kitted out in a rather mod mini version of the “mid-century synthetic knit coat”. It seems like these were very popular between about 1965 and 1975, for common everyday wear – especially Spring and Fall. This was definitely not haute couture, but has an excellent cut and tailoring, with good quality fabric.
On the purely fashion side, very cute and has a little bit of military influence which was common then, too (metal buttons, epaulettes, decorative pockets). Looks like the stuff that was coming out of British fashion.
During every era when a standard skirt length was recognized, women had to have coats of the proper length, too. Unless it was a car-coat or jacket, they wouldn’t want the hem of a skirt hanging below and a knee-length coat could look kind of frumpy over a mini skirt.
Fortunately for us, the tyranny of style is pretty much over and we can be unique and stylish in any way we like, whenever we like. Where the distinction comes in is whether we go with good design and quality (a.k.a. elegance) or with whatever is on sale at the mall this week.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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