Patou, 1930 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1920s Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketktur, og Design
These kinds of coats pull the eye away from the mid section, so this coat suits not just those of us who are top heavy, but those with concerns over the mid section in general.
I'd rather not weigh in on the whole fur debate, but when buying vintage it pays to be aware of the the fact that fur is very high maintenance, and ones like rabbit, can shed all over everything. It is lovely and warm but I find I prefer faux fur in my old age because it is so much less work.
Paul Poiret, 1919 The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1920s Coat Jeanne Lanvin Antique Dress
If you want to pull the eye up to your face, opt for an elaborate collar.
1920s Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design
A line of fur at the seam adds height and length to a petite frame.
Fur at the hem draw attention to the legs.
1930-1931 Paquin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I feel that robe or wrap style coats are as universally flattering as wrap dresses ~ Baring a few notable exceptions.
Just be careful with this style not to be too outrageous. Unless, of course, that's the look you're after.
1994 Coat Franco Moschino The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Something for Alexia in this style?
1870 Cabinat Card, more on this image here.
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