Judging by early sales of vintage coats from my website, you all are starting to think about the coat you'll buy for this winter. Today, and for the next several Wednesdays, I'll be presenting a look at vintage coats through the decades.
In the 1930's, garments were long (at least to mid-calf), lean, and fitted to the body. Fur trim was found on most fashionable coats of the time, and almost all were belted. Here are a few looks from 1936. Note the fun hats and the clutch purses.
This red tweed knee length jacket is worn over a matching skirt, so this is a suit jacket, not a coat, but could be worn as one today. Persian lamb fur at the collar. A Macy's copy of the Molyneux original, the suit sold for $60 in 1936 (about $921 in today's dollar).
Sable-dyed skunk fur swirls around the collar and across and down to the hem on this Forstmann wool coat. Sold at Arnold Constable for $98 in 1936 (about $1503 in today's dollar).
Sheared beaver fur forms a squared off collar on this Alpaca wool coat. Sold at McCreery for $65 in 1936 (about $997 in today's dollar).
Grey squirrel fur forms a double collar and the pelts form a chevron pattern on the front of this coat. The fur front forms a muff below the belt. Sold at Emily Shops for $65 in 1936 (about $997 in today's dollar).
Cross fox fur wraps close to the face, or the ends can be pulled down and tucked to form muff pockets. Sold at Betty Wales for $66 in 1936 (about $1012 in today's dollar).