The coat below is from 1989. Talk about vintage? Yes ... a 23 year old coat! My gawd, I think that's the average age of half the bloggers I'm subscribed to .. LoL. I purchased this cape coat years ago when I was heading out to office parties and needed a dressy coat. I've kept it all these years, covered in a garment bag and buried at the back of a closet. The coat is good as new; however, the style is quite bulky. The coat has huge shoulder pads and large square pockets on both sides. There are no buttons or hooks to keep the coat closed. I suppose you could add a belt, but the material is so thick that it would probably look ridiculous.
Over the Christmas and New Year break, I was in Palm Desert, CA and although the day time temperature is between 65 - 70 degrees, the evening temperature drops to about 45 degrees. So it was quite cold when I wore this coat out to dinner. I was certainly warm, but overall, I felt fat, frumpy, and totally out of style.
|Circa 1989 coat|
So that prompted me to look for a new coat and I found, with great delight, all kinds of coats on sale at Macy's. I was attracted to the Guess pea coat due to the color blocking of the black and gray panels on the coat. I thought this would be fairly slimming for a pear shaped gal. The pea coat style with decorative buttons looks classic and updated. The faux fur on the collar is cozy and softens the shoulders. The lining of the coat is polyester in a black & white snake like pattern.
|Updated and slimming|
The Guess winter coat was originally $245.00, marked down to $147.00 and I received an additional percentage off for using my Macy's card and paid $90.00. It was a good deal.
So what is the fate of the vintage cape coat? Is it back to the garment bag? Returned to the back of the closet? No, I think this coat deserves another purpose in life. I'm going to donate the cape coat to my local American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. I'm sure someone will find this coat amazing and stylish. Plus, the funds will go to a good cause so in the end, it's a win, win situation.
Do you have something vintage hiding in your closets?
What is it?