Recently I was out shopping in an antique mall with a friend and discovered this 1960s spring weight coat in one of the booths. My eye was immediately drawn to the print. When I got closer I realized it was made of a beautiful silk twill and very well made. There also was a Joan Leslie by Kasper label inside.
In 1963 Herbert Kasper started designing for Joan Leslie, a division of Leslie Fay Clothing. Joan Leslie was their higher end line. Mr. Kasper had originally studied at Parsons School of Design and l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He held positions at Dior, Marcel Rochas and Jacques Fath before returning to the states. He also won a Coty Award for American Designers.
So I knew I had found a very nice quality piece of vintage clothing. And it was only $30! A silk coat by a contemporary designer would go for a heck of a lot more than that. I knew I had to give it a good home.
Below I’ve included three ways I styled it, from a dressier look to very casual. One of things I especially liked about this one was its versatility. The lighter weight made it appropriate for cross seasonal wear and wearing indoors, just as you would a blazer or duster.
Paired with separates-A newer black pencil skirt, 70s floral printed jersey knit top, 70s scarf and black suede 60s pumps. Check out that fabulous orange silk lining!
Paired with Palazzo Pants– New black chiffon palazzo pants, blue wrap top, 1960s vintage blue suede pumps and 60s necklaces.
Paired with leggings– Black leggings, cream linen tunic shirt, black leather ankle boots, 70s scarf.
A statement coat is a great way to pump up the style of any outfit. The look is experiencing a revival with current designers. But, as I always say, it’s been done before and often better IMO. Below are some images of statement coats featured in a 1967 Vogue Magazine. So if you’re entertaining the idea of getting yourself one, I highly recommend looking for an authentic one from the 60s. It is guaranteed to make a statement!
Here are a few I found for sale online.
60s black and white graphic print coat. M/L. Available at BasyaBerkman on Etsy.
60s floral linen coat. Large. Available at MorningGlorious Vintage on Etsy.
60s geometric silk print coat. M/L. Available at AntiqueGraces on Etsy.
Do you own a statement coat? If so, how do you style it?
Till next time……..
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