This suit is so iconic of that era. Gorgeous yellow wool in a loose weave, with a cute little vintage mink collar. If the collar is too dressy, it can easily be removed with just a snip-snip because it is hand-basted onto the neckline.
It’s easy to wear and the two pieces can be very versatile. True vintage suits are worth investing in for many reasons – the styles are usually quite elegant; tailoring is superb and the quality of materials are unavailable today. Because the designs are classic, the jackets and skirts can usually be worn in a variety of ways that would never have been thought of decades ago.
Love the big covered buttons and pencil skirt. So pretty, and a nice alternative to dark, somber colors for Fall and Winter. Being on the prowl is so much fun, because you just never know . . . . . . . . ..
Made of the finest Scottish wool and specially tailored for a specific brand name. Very nice detail on the jacket front, and in back it’s got a little belt with a center button that matches the silver ones on the pockets. The skirt is straight style with a back kick pleat.
A little big on me, but it might be worth having it altered to fit. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous jackets from that time and a pencil skirt is always wonderful. Classic mid-grey, also, is great to have on hand in mix-able pieces. I’m thrilled! One of the handbags I’ll show you tomorrow would look just lovely with this . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This hat is made of the most wonderful fabric that feels almost like fine suede leather! It’s so hard, sometimes, to photograph black items – I hope that you can see the two bows under the brim in the first photo. The hat is almost a beret, but has stitched decoration on top and a kind of souffle’ construction so that it can puff up or lay flat on the head.
I suspect that it would be worn more like the first photo, in order to expose the bows above the hairline. Tricky to do with any kind of hairdo and probably would require hatpins. What women used to go through to get the “right” look!
So, maybe it was designed to be worn with a sleek head and hair coiled up underneath or massed beneath at the nape of the neck. It’s fun to wonder what the milliner who designed this beauty had in mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I’m over-the-moon with this one!! Last year I found a wonderful sweater made like this, with soft, find suede – but this one is a full jacket WITH A ZIP-OUT PILE LINING! – and braided leather buttons. Just LOVE the quality and style of jackets made between 1940 and 1960.
It was another magic moment for the vintagespy because this coat is in virtually perfect condition. Just like stepping into a Happy Days episode or going Back to the Future. What fun! More to come . . . . . . . stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wool felt with leather interior and exterior hatbands – it’s a quality item that was sold by a western-wear dealer in Denver, Colorado. This one could be several decades old or just a couple – that’s how durable and stylish true vintage apparel is!
When it’s taken care of, it lasts and lasts and never goes out of fashion.
What could be better than that? Tomorrow we’ll see . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
For Spring or Fall – or any time the temps are in that mid cool-ish range – a lightweight 3-season wool knit skirt suit by Butte Knits. I LOVE the olive drab color and the flattering fit.
This is one of a few examples I’ve found of mid-60’s suits like this, or similar. The high-end knits are so comfortable and easy to wear, but ready for just about any setting. It’s also two separates that can easily be paired with other skirts or pants for a different look.
I think my Aussie friends down under would love a garment like it at this time of year . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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I’m appreciating the crisp transitional temperatures and rain right now, even though it seems cold for May!
I know many people are experiencing this all over the world. Makes me want to show my wonderful capes, which are great for this type of weather.
From the 1960’s, one is in always-wonderful-red kind-of traditional/military style and the other a blue & green reversible paisley pattern with an open front and decorative string tie.
Like a bright hat, either of these makes a big impression on the street. Both are wool, so provide warmth while the loose fit keeps it from being too hot and can be worn over just about anything. Just right!