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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Styling a Vintage Coat | 1950's Wool Coat & Chunky Boots.

How to give a vintage coat a modern spin.

Styling a 1950's wool coat with skinny jeans and chunky boots.

I want to introduce you to this delightful coat...
It is a genuine vintage item.
Made in 1958, to be exact.

1950's Vintage Coat & Chunky Boots | Fake Fabulous

1950's Vintage coat & Chunky boots | Fake Fabulous

1950's Vintage coat | Fake Fabulous

The reason I know this, is that it belongs to my mother-in-law.
She wore it, on her wedding day, as part of her going away outfit and looked stunning.
It was also worn throughout her two pregnancies and is the perfect shape for maternity wear, how clever!
This vintage coat is a real beauty, with a rich history.

1950's Vintage coat | Fake Fabulous

Back in 1958, this coat was handmade in quality wool.
It has 3/4 sleeves, oversized pockets and a delicious satin lining.
The cut is a cool and unusual shape, gloriously oversized and a delight to wear.
It was ahead of it's time!

I love giving Vintage items a new lease of life.

This coat is almost 60 years old and could have been made yesterday.
I feel privileged to be able to wear something so incredibly well-made and stylish, as well as being so emotionally valuable.
You can almost feel the history woven into its fibres.

To stop Vintage items looking like "dress-up", I think it is important to add a super-modern element.
Today that modern edge came from my new (and ferociously chunky) boots.
I am a firm believer in keeping your footwear modern.
Even the most up-to-date dress can be dragged down, into Frumpsville, with a dated shoe.

{Unless you are styling a Vintage shoe of course!}

Chunky boots | Fake Fabulous

I know these chunky boots are not everyone's cup of tea, but they certainly stop this coat looking like a dusty old throw-back.
And (most importantly) I love them!

Once I had chosen the boots to pair with this Vintage coat, I knew I had to keep the rest of my outfit understated.
I did not want to compete with the beauty of its Vintage shape.
I wanted a simple, but different, daytime look.

Choosing a plain jumper and skinny blue jeans, I kept the colour palette tonal.
However, I could not resist some chunky wool socks for a bit of warmth (and texture).

My boots have plenty of attitude, stopping me looking too prim and ladylike.
I just let the boots, and the vintage coat, do all of the talking!

I finished the outfit off with navy gloves and a black beret.
Simple.

1950's Vintage coat & Chunky boots | Fake Fabulous

Are you lucky enough to own any items from the 50's?

Do you have a favourite vintage era?

Please let me know in the comments...or tweet me @samantha4blair. 
Coat: Vintage (similar...ish!)
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Shellys London, Sold out!! These are the shoe version and they are EPIC! These boots are cool too.
Beret: Tkmaxx, This wool one is nice too.
Gloves: Old, these are nice.
Jumper: Primark, This one is nice.

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33 comments

  1. That's a fabulous coat. I love the colour. I'm going to try my chunky boots with one of my MANY vintage coats. I've got a rail full. There's always room for more though. I'm on the hunt for a red one now
    Lynn x

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    1. I knew you would have a few, Lynn! What Era is your oldest? And your favourite?? Please let me know. XXX

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  2. I have a few of my mom's coat (ok...so not from the 50's, but a couple from the 60's) and I love them (one even has a matching fur hat). I've only ever worn them when we dress up, but I should wear them other times after seeing this on you! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie....You should definitely get those coats out of the closet and into real life. It is a great feeling wearing such a unique piece of clothing. Not to mention, a perfect conversation starter. A matching fur hat sounds VERY cool! XXX

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    2. So I just got smart enough to realize I had to look back at your posts to read your replies ---duh!!! But I want to say, I'm taking your advice today----I'm going to wear mom's coat out to run my errands....it's this one: http://bit.ly/1IYNgni and I may even wear the matching hat since it's quite chilly!

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  3. As soon as I say your coat, I said out loud, oh wow!! Love the beautiful royal blue , the sleeves, collar vintage at its best!/love it with chunky boots. I have some chunky shoes maybe I should wear from ur inspired look. I really want to wear my pink vintage style boden coat but geez its been 70 degrees here!!
    Jessxx
    Www.elegantlydressedandstylish. com

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  4. As soon as I say your coat, I said out loud, oh wow!! Love the beautiful royal blue , the sleeves, collar vintage at its best!/love it with chunky boots. I have some chunky shoes maybe I should wear from ur inspired look. I really want to wear my pink vintage style boden coat but geez its been 70 degrees here!!
    Jessxx
    Www.elegantlydressedandstylish. com

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    1. 70 degrees? I think we are 50 (ish) here. Wow, it is WARM where you are. Not really the weather for winter coats and furry boots. I hope your Pink coat gets out of the wardrobe soon....especially with chunky boots, I bet that it looks stunning! XXX

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  5. That coat is stunning!! Super cool shoes too. :-)

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    1. Thank you Darlene...I do love these chunky monkeys! Although my legs do start to resemble a 3 Wood...if that is a type of golf club?? Hahahaha.

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  6. That is one fab coat and an amazing cut and colour! I think the way you have styled it with the boots definitely gives it a really cool, edgy feel. Brilliant! x

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    1. Thank you Caro. It is so unusual isn't it? You should feel the fabric...really thick, a great quality. I am so glad you like my boots too! :oD XXX

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  7. Beautiful coat with rich history, and you styled it brilliantly! Love those funky boots!

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    1. Thank you so much Natalia (What a beautiful name, BTW)...I am glad you approve of my super chunky boots. I love wearing them, mostly because I can reach high shelves easily ;oD. XXX

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  8. This is such a great outfit Samantha; nice gloves, and I'd love to know where the boots are from! What a privilege to own such a coat. I've been looking for 50s and 60s coat patterns on ebay lately, and I'm sure I'll be making one in the near future. Thanks for including that detailed shot showing a closer look at the texture of that gorgeous fabric. Sx
    sarsaparillasal.blogspot.it

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  9. This is such a great outfit Samantha; nice gloves, and I'd love to know where the boots are from! What a privilege to own such a coat. I've been looking for 50s and 60s coat patterns on ebay lately, and I'm sure I'll be making one in the near future. Thanks for including that detailed shot showing a closer look at the texture of that gorgeous fabric. Sx
    sarsaparillasal.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you Sally. The coat is not mine, I am just "borrowing" it, keeping it warm. My boots are by Shellys....I have just realised that I missed that out of this post. Doh!! I knew I had forgotten something. Thank you. Off to edit now. XXX

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  10. Stunning coat!!! :)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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  11. Brilliant styling Samantha. Just the perfect balance of edge and vintage making this a winner of a post x
    Anna

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    1. Thank you Anna....it is hard to style vintage as we get older. I always fall back to shoes! XXX

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  12. such a brilliant ensemble!, love how you've styled that beautiful blue coat!, chunky boots are adorable!.
    This is an awesome piece, the texture, the color, the shape, everything is fabulous!. And it's even more awesome as it's something with a story to tell about. Lovely!
    besos

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    1. Thank you Monica...I thought you might like these boots :oP
      The coat is a gem. I am glad you like it too! XXX

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  13. Splendid coat. I don't think you can style it as "dress up" or old. As the style is bang on fashion. With the collar and the 3/4 sleeves. It is beautiful, especially because of its vibrant colour.
    And I have nothing against your booties, quite the contrary. I think they look great. I have to add your blog to my list...

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  14. Love a truly vintage piece styled in such a modern way! I wish I'd seen a coat like this one in summer when I got a piece of vintage coat material from my mothers aunt and was searching for a coat style to have sewn out of it. I ended up ordering quite a simple coat style which you can see on my recent post.

    http://againstandforward.blogspot.com.by

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    1. Vintage material? How lovely! I would love to have something made for me like that....wonderful. XXX

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  15. The cut of that coat is so timeless. Then the colour and the material all add to the elegance of it. How wonderful that your mil wore it as her going away outfit. I love it when garments have such stories behind them.
    Great styling.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline. It is a beautiful item...and would probably fit you too! My MIL is a teeny tiny 4 feet 9. A super-petite. I think this coat could fit so many body types and heights. Such a great shape. I am glad you like it too. XXX

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  16. What a nice coat - I'm an advocate of good, lasting quality, and I'm thrilled to see even wool CAN survive decades whithout being eaten completely by moths.
    What's even more thrilling is your super cool scale shoes! The colour and pattern is just per-fect! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Clothes can last for years and years...they just need a little TLC. This coat is not even fousty smelling. It just has that 'wool' smell, which reminds me of my duffle coat I had as a child. :oD XXX

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