Monday, November 12, 2012

Grab Your Coat and Get Your Hat....


It's easier to leave your worries on the doorstep if you're wearing a pretty vintage coat and hat.   The coat was a gift from a friend who thought I was one of the few people he knew who would appreciate it.  The hat was purchased from the David Owens booth at the Manhattan Vintage Show

The hat is from the "DEBS" collection by Lilly Dache, a french-born American milliner who was one of the most famous hat designers in her time.   I had tried on a number of hats in bolder colours and styles, and this one seemed rather drab by comparison, but when I tried it on, I knew it was a hat that I would wear frequently because of its classic and flattering shape.

The shape and details of the coat are more overtly feminine than what I'm used to wearing, and it makes me feel rather "lady-like", at least on the outside....

The label inside the coat reads "Designed by Louis Manley Toronto" (made in Canada, Yay!!)  The lining is in perfect condition, and the fur trim on the collar and cuffs is still soft and luxurious so it was obviously well-cared for.   The buttons that were used on good quality coats of past decades were often works of art in themselves, and these ones are no exception, with a circle of black sparkly stones in the centre of each button.

A number of my fellow bloggers have been posting about wearing hats lately, including Amber, of the blog Butane Anvil and Judith over at Style Crone.  Jean and Valerie, otherwise known as The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, have been instrumental in nurturing my affection for hats and I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in their "rotating hats" project when I was in New York.  Check out this post on their blog to see four talking heads (one of them mine) in eight different hats.

13 comments:

  1. O,swoony SWOON! that coat is to DIE for beautiful! How lovely to be gifted such a work of art! Nice bit of label love there too!
    Sweet hat,'tis the season for lovely hats!
    XXX

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  2. This ladylike coat with the trim and and sparkly buttons is so luxurious. Great friends. No wonder you feel like a lady! And the hat is awesome. I hope to see lots of it. I was just enjoying flipping through the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas last night and was delighted to see so much of you there. The only thing about this look that keeps you grounded in the 21st century are your gorgeous gams with those boots.

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  3. I loved those photos of the rotating hats. How fun that must have been hanging with those ladies.

    This is a beautiful classic coat on you Shelley! And of course I love the hat. And I think because you chose the darker color it stays close to your personal style. I don't think I could see you in this as a hot pink coat with a purple hat. ;) I've been wanting a yummy feminine coat like yours but often the lining is in terrible shape or there are stains. What a wonderful gift from a friend. They sure know you!

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  4. Wunnerful wunnerful! Love the coat the hat the whole kit and kaboodle!

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  5. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken"
    *Love the coat the hat the whole kit and kaboodle!*

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  6. Hats are great! Mine all tend to the slouchy knitted variety or floppy 70s style felt shapes, rather than structured vintage ones. I wish I could find one which would fit my huge head! You look fabulous in your new-to-you hat, you definitely will wear it lots, and that coat is amazing. It's obviously excellent quality, look how well it has lasted all these years. I agree, the details and workmanship on some vintage items are wonderful, definitely makes you want to eschew poor quality fast fashion (if you needed any more reasons!) xxxxx

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  7. That ladylike coat looks so cool and funky on you, with your cheeky smile and those hot pink tights! The label just oozes poshness! I loved the story of the hat, it's making me titter right now. I love a good hat, in feel like my superhero powers are diminished if I leave the house without one. xxx

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  8. That coat is stunning! I want one.

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  9. your hat is an inspiration and motivates me to keep looking, tho i rarely find vintage hats and never anything soooo wonderful. i love seeing the hat-love.

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  10. Gorgeous coat and of course the hat is perfect for you. I remember when I first saw it on your head at the vintage show and it's so YOU. The pink tights add just the right amount of color to this warm and classy ensemble.

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  11. Wow, Shelley, gorgeous! I love how the rich, deep brown of your fabulous hat picks up the collar and cuffs of your beautiful coat. What a gift - I love its buttons too! Your glasses are yet another perfect "ladylike on the outside" (had a snort-giggle on that one) detail. This is one of my favourite outfits of yours. :)

    Thank you so much for the mention - together with Judith and The Ever-Divine IFs, your group hat swap project post really sprung me into hat action, and much gratitude for that too!

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  12. Oh you look AMAZING Shelley! I love the coat and the hat is divine and the fuschia tights are perfect. You are GLORIOUS! Sarah xxx

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  13. Beautiful outfit. That hat is so cool, la de da Lilly Deche, but at 22 1/2 it would sit atop my 24" head, sad face. Love the pop of hot pink, shocking!

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