A colorful coat is a great way to stand out among a sea of black jackets. It’s also a fuss free way to look stylish during the winter. This oldie but goodie vintage eighties Pauline Trigere coat (last worn here) is such a statement. The coat has a purple mohair wool texture. Not only is it warm, it adds a bit of interest to my otherwise basic denim.
Coats are a wonderful starting point for those who are new to shopping vintage, since it can be a fun way to update your personal style. If you have always worn a black coat, why don’t you change it up by trying a camel coat instead or even better, a red coat.
One of the reasons why vintage clothing can be addictive is due to the quality craftsmanship of the garments. Vintage coats are a good introduction to quality craftsmanship, the coats are usually made with better fabric, have more weight to them and most of the times are impeccably tailored. Newer coats are no longer made like that anymore. If you are lucky enough you may even find a vintage coat with a union (ILGWU) tag, this shows that the item was made in the United States of America by a union worker. This is iconic because it symbolizes a bygone era in the American fashion industry considering that most of our clothes are no longer made here at home but abroad.
Since a nice coat can be an investment, the thrift is one of my favorite places to acquire a vintage coat for the winter. If you have the patience, the thrift store is a treasure trove for a great fashionable or timeless coat.
Leopard print faux fur, blanket, oversized, cape, and teddy bear coats are having a moment right now and are some of the styles to look out for on the racks. One nice thing about the thrift store, is that you get to try on and see how it looks on you before making a purchase. If you don’t have the time you can try a curated vintage shop or if you have the time to browse on the internet, EBay might be your best bet. I was lucky enough to find the exact same Pauline Trigere coat that I own on Ebay so I have linked it for you down below in case you are interested.