3 Ways to Style a 60s Statement Coat

60s Kasper for Joan Leslie print coat dress

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!

1960s Joan Leslie by Kasper silk print coat dress


60s silk print coat dress


Paired with Palazzo Pants– New black chiffon palazzo pants, blue wrap top, 1960s vintage blue suede pumps and 60s necklaces.

1960s print coat and wide leg pants


Paired with leggings– Black leggings, cream linen tunic shirt, black leather ankle boots, 70s scarf.

60s silk print midi coat dress

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!

1960s statement coats

Here are a few I found for sale online.

1960s graphic print coat

60s black and white graphic print coat. M/L.  Available at BasyaBerkman on Etsy.

60s floral linen coat

60s floral linen coat. Large.  Available at MorningGlorious Vintage on Etsy.


60s geometric print silk coat

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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By | 2018-05-01T08:44:52-04:00 April 22nd, 2018|Fashion, My Vintage Style|12 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 27, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Thanks Jessica. It’s interesting, when you see and feel designer clothing from the past, the fabric and workmanship is often so much better than designer label ready to wear lines you see today.

  2. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 27, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Thank you Maria!

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    Jessica April 26, 2018 at 11:44 am

    What a find and steal! I love the info on the designer, I wouldn’t have known that, but the quality would have been evident! Love the lining and print! I love both looks, the tailored coat with the pants is a wonderful sillouette, and your orange scarf adds a lovely pop of color.
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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    Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies April 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Oh my gosh what a find. That coat is absolutely gorgeous!! x

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks Vix! And I agree, with a maxi a coat of this length could be iffy to pull off.

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    Vix April 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    That coat looks wonderful with the flares underneath! It’s a fab piece.
    I sold a few spring coats yesterday. They’re not something I hold on toy generally as I’m all about maxi and they can make me look a bit like a peasant with all those mismatched layers! xxx

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    Theresa Campbell April 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve seen some of yours on your blog, Suzanne. You’ve got some beauties! Tough to find cool vintage winter coats down here in Florida. But I’ll be looking once I head up north. And even if we would be coveting the same things when shopping, I still think shopping with you would be a blast 🙂

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    Suzanne April 23, 2018 at 10:34 am

    What a score! Good thing we never shop together, it could have gotten nasty ; P

    I’m a sucker for statement coats and own far too many. I sold one very bold plaid coat from the 50s/60s recently. Mostly I find winter coats up this way.

    My favourite outfit was the one with the wide pants. The necklace looks fab. So chic!

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Patti!

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    Patti April 23, 2018 at 9:10 am

    What a fabulous find, Theresa! The back is as stunning as the front. Love it with the leggings too. xox


  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Agree Ann. Coats are underrated. I was so excited when I discovered that orange lining! And thanks, for your kind compliments on the outfits.

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    Ann April 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I love coats and can never understand people who only have one coat to wear in each season! That certainly wouldn’t do for me! In fact, I have to force myself away from the coat racks when out vintage or second hand shopping. Your coat is just fabulous and the orange lining, which is quite a surprise, makes it extra special. My favourite is the first outfit, although I’m loving the coat combined with the wide-legged trousers as well. xxx

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