Monday, November 12, 2012

Fall Essentials ~ Retro Rack Style ~ Fur Detail Coats

If you're up for a very vintage look a coat with a fur collar, cuffs, and hem (or any combination) can work well with Rack. Why? Because it draws attention away from the problem area by adding detail interest that draw attention away.

  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.

 From Modcloth.

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

2012 Runway

Something for Alexia in this style?

1870 Cabinat Card, more on this image here.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I just died a little when I layed my eyes upon the red Paquin robe (L)


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