Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Coats - 1956

On Friday, I asked my Facebook fans what they'd like to see on the blog this week. Honore requested a post about spring coats. Whatever happened to spring coats anyway? I'm so tired of my gray heavy wool winter coat and my leopard print down jacket. It's time for something different, but my waterproof rain jacket just won't do.

Vintage spring coats are usually made of lighter weight wool or cashmere, cotton poplin, or rayon gabardine. They are often in lighter and brighter colors than the heavy blacks, browns, and grays of winter. 1950s clutch coats are perfect for spring, as they have no buttons and can be worn open on warmer days. The examples shown here are all from 1956.

Above, a bright daffodil yellow clutch coat in lightweight Worumbo wool.

Lilli Ann made this swing coat in lightweight turquoise wool. What a great color for spring!

Bergdorf Goodman exclusive lightweight wool coat tailored with just 2 buttons up high. Came in beige, red, or navy. Perfect to wear over a spring dress!

Warren of Stafford raincoat with a loose back and big buttoned pockets.

Clyde cashmere clutch coat has push-up sleeves that work well with long kidskin gloves. Love that bag!

I've been inspired to store my gray wool winter coat and pull out my vintage 1950s pale pink cashmere clutch coat. Thanks, Honore! What about you? Do you have spring weight coat in your closet?


Jojo's Retro and Vintage said...

I love spring coats too! Fond of the bright colors-these 50s styles are lovely!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I wish the Lilli Ann photo had been in color!

Alicia said...

That yellow coat is perfection.

I'm curious - do you have any info about the Mam'selle by Betty Carol label? It's one of my all-time favorites, and I'd love to see you do one of your wonderful bio posts on it, please!

Honore said...

Thanks for the great post and photos! (And shout-out!) Love it!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I love that label too, Alicia. I've never been able to find out anything about it though.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thanks to you, Honore, for the great idea!

Marian said...

That yellow coat is such a mood lift!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Just like those first daffodils of spring!

Monique said...

I watched My Man Godfrey with Carole Lombard and William Powell last night. Her day coat had the most beautiful set in sleeves and the sequinned evening cape was a stunner too!

elena daciuk - fabulous finds said...

that yellow still my beating heart...i have to say...most of my vintage pieces consist of spring/summer coats from the 50' all time favorite piece to incorporate into an outfit...great pics jody!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Monique, you've fallen into the vintage trap. I can't watch a movie anymore without noticing the clothes!

Elena, the yellow would be perfect for you. I just wish I had one like it for sale!

bmeshel said...

Betty carol was my grandmother, her designs were gorgeous and still are. Such an artist!

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