Friday, May 7, 2010

Never Seen - Outerwear!

I don't have too much outerwear in my archive - I am not really much of a coat person. I am, however, a cape person! You may recall this cape from this past Hallowe'en:
This one I bought new in one of those stores that caters to pin-up/tattoo/skate punk style. I think it was around $50, but it's handmade.

I love capes. There is just something about the grandeur of wearing one. You swoop and they swirl around you like smoke. Awesome.

I had admired this cape in a vintage store for years, back in the late 90s, before L and I were married. The owner used to not let people try it on unless they were serious about buying it. I finally decided to buy it - on layaway, because I had no money. It was $250.00, making it easily the most expensive vintage item I've ever bought.One day, I came home and there it was, laid out on the bed. L had paid it off for me. What a guy.

It's absolutely gorgeous - the chartreuse thick velvet and the thick black satin.
I kid you not, it weighs about 25 pounds. It's an effort to put it on! I still wear this, but only when I know it can be hung up safe somewhere.

This coat isn't vintage at all, but it's just so kickass, I had to keep it, even though it's way too big for me.
It's PVC, and I got it at Fairweather about 7-8 years ago for around $45. Our friend Geoff wore this at our Goth party about 6 years ago (he was dressed as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

This coat actually belonged to my mom, so I know it's from the early to mid-60s. She wore it while she was pregnant with my brother and me:That's a real mink collar, although sadly rather ratty-looking now. I used to wear this amazing coat to high school in 1984-85, which is how I acquired it.

Love that satin lining!
One of the buttons has fallen off, but I still have it.

It's another heavy coat, so I keep it on this old drycleaner's hanger:I love the old phone numbers:
I bought this vintage coat about 15 years ago:
It was my dressy-going-out coat for years. It's a really soft, thick velvet.

Love the purple satin lining!
The pockets are totally shot - they've been replaced.

And I got this coat about 17 years ago. I used to wear it with a Burberry plaid short skirt and a brown turtleneck and pumps. I felt very chic.
It has no buttons, just hangs at the front.
I love the big cuffs and the puff of the structured shoulder. It has a teeny moth-hole on the front, which it had when I bought it.

That's all my outerwear! Hope you enjoyed these.

11 comments:

  1. I love that last red jacket!

    Having a coat that was your mother's is pretty special too.

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  2. So many looks! That purple velvet is stunning ... I'm still contemplating the high school coat with mink collar ... and I like the red jacket. What great flair on display here today!

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  3. I'm just catching up, but I'm loving all these. You have and AMAZING wardrobe. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. *swoons over the capes* I love the PVC long coat too.

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  5. I love the spike from Buffy coat - I have a silat ling leather one iused to wear back in the day where I used to dress like a vampire ;) But the coat is still wearable today now I'm not so much of a goth :)

    Sal xXx

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  6. That chartreuse cape is amazing! I've sewn mid-length capes for costumes before but never for everyday wear. And that purple coat, I love the purple velvet coat *sigh*

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  7. I wanna see a pic of your friend dressed as Spike!

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  8. Ooh, how fun! I love the capes they are such fun fantasy wear to me! I love coats and have way too many.

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  9. You are really pulling out stuff from the trunk !
    Sheila, you have so many goodies stashed away....
    My fave is the purple coat and I screamed a little on the old hanger..wao.

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  10. I love the coat your mother wore! My mother had a similar coat with a fur collar that she wore when we were very young. We always called it her 'kitty cat coat' and asked to pet the collar. I wish she'd held onto it, along with a lot of other cool things she owned, because I'd totally wear them now!

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  11. Thanks, Northmoon - I love that one too.

    Rebecca, thanks! Those velvet coats are a dime a dozen here in the thrift shops.

    Thanks, Jenny!

    Megan, I know, capes are killer.

    Sal, thanks!

    Jen, isn't it awesome? And I hardly ever wear them. Sad.

    Wendy, nuh-uh, lady. But he did look a lot like Spike!

    Thanks, Alison! I actually don't have many coats at all.

    Lorena, yup, you're going to see it all! Glad you liked the old hanger. Me too!

    Thanks, pear! I snagged my mom's stuff before she could weed them out.

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