Much like other silhouettes of the era, 1950s coats were beautifully tailored and as much statement pieces as they were utilitarian. Most coats of the day were considered “full coats” and incorporated large buttons and statement collars and cuffs. Mirroring the full skirts and dresses that were so popular at the time, these coats were easily layered over vintage frocks and were often relied upon to complete a lady’s perfectly pulled-together outfit.
It’s no secret that women of the ‘50s desired an hourglass shape, so coats of the time encouraged this look by incorporating waist-cinching belts and exaggerated flared skirts. Sometimes referred to as “princess style” coats, these pieces often came in lovely, classic colors, such as dark blue, red, black, and hunter green. Score this “princess style” for yourself with our Fontaine Coat, which is now available in dark blue, red, and black!
Some coats went a step further with feminine details and showcased a statement-making bow at the neck and rounded collar. Rounded collars, or “Peter Pan” collars, were a huge trend in 1950s outerwear since they enforced the innocent, doll-like look that was sought after at the time. Our new Grace Coat mirrors this style to the T thanks to a removable bow detail that cleverly hides a Peter Pan collar, super nipped-in waist, and demure buttons that reach from the neckline to the skirt hem.
Ladies who desired a more opulent look went for fur coats, which were available in both long and shorter styles. For those who could not afford a full fur coat, pieces with just a touch of fur at the collar or cuffs provided a great alternative. One of our older styles, the Garbo Coat, is a great modern-day example of this look. Crafted from luxe black velvet and featuring cream silk velvet at the collar and interior cuffs, the Garbo Coat is a truly eye-catching piece!
Despite the wide variety of beautiful coats to be worn during the 1950s, some ladies opted instead for a chic cape to top off their evening ensembles. Featuring an easy-to-wear and flattering swing shape, these capes came in a variety of colors and textures to match a range of dress styles. Channel your inner mid-century fashion maven with our new favorite piece, the Claudette Cape!
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~ Cali & Amelia