Hats have the power to instantly transform an outfit. In times past, they were a mark of social standing. In addition to being a desirable fashion accessory, hats could also perform the important task of helping to keep the wearer warm in colder climes or months. So which hat styles were popular during each decade?
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s Coats and Jackets History
Tweed, wool, velvet, velour, camelhair and real or fake fur were the most popular fabrics. Fur collars and large round buttons were often the only touches of femininity. The s princess coat or vintage swing coat nipped in at the waist and flared out over full swing skirts and dresses in the early 50s. Read about the history of vintage s coats here. Today shoppers love 50s swing coats as a classic alternative to winter tech fabric jackets.
Vintage Hat Styles for Fall/Winter
The weather turned a bit nippy this week, which always sends me to my coat closet for my best winter outerwear. When I do get a chance to wear one of my vintage coats or vintage inspired coats, I am a happy woman! Coats could not have a bi-swing back, could not have more than two pockets, and had a limitation on sleeve circumference that really only eliminated exaggerated sleeve types, such as the bell shaped Dolman sleeve that was popular in the s.
Most coats were long, some coming all the way to the ankle and others just below the knee and others sat right around the hip. Typical fabrics included camel hair, wool velour, wool fleece, tweed, and fur or cashmere if you could afford it. Coats were often decorated with large buttons, belts or fur collars to add a little glamour to an otherwise simple design. Fur trimmings like beaver, lamb fur, astrakhan, and mink were all popular and a contrast lining on the inside was used to introduce interesting fashion features. Shop for 50s style coats here.