Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Sunday Snag – Caramel Coated Autumn

My 1940s Autumn #1940s #autumn #fashion #vintage #winter #coat

Don't you just want a great big hug?! Believe me, I understand. I wanna hug myself in this coat! The weather here is a mixed bag and can have normal cold autumn weather and then throw in a few days in the low 70s, which makes trying to figure out a cold weather closet a bit challenging. Plus, I tend to get cold even when it's warm outside, so having layers and a few coat options is a must. 

Since I've only been adding vintage items into my closet for one year now (weird right?! I feel like I've been wearing this stuff my whole life sometimes!), I'm still trying to figure out which pieces might work best. Winterwear and cold weather apparel is a conundrum that I'm testing out slowly. It is super duper easy to get a pretty lightweight dress in the summer, but garments can start being a challenge come cool weather. 

Baby It's Cold Outside #vintage #coat #1940s #style #40s #fashion

Antique Brass Ring Detail #antique #jewelry #vintage #fashion

Last week you got to see my first cold weather outfit (see here) that showcased one of three vintage "coats" that I have secured for my first vintage winter. I say "coats" because last week's was technically a cape. This week though I bring out the beast!! Okay, it is more like the beauty and the beast mixed into one wonderful garment. 

This coat is delicious. There is just no way around it. I bought it back in the heat of July during a sale at Wild Honey Pie Vintage (along with this beauty of a hat seen here) and when the package came in the mail I could barely lift the thing! This is the heaviest freakin' coat I've ever encountered! There is just no blasted way you could be cold in this and I love it! It is a 1940s chubby mouton coat (best name ever). Mouton for those that don't see this word often is from a sheep but made to resemble beaver or seal fur. The color is the most beautiful burnt caramel brown and the fit very oddly looks rather slim and tailored for feeling so ridiculously huge and heavy. The inside is lined in colorful pastel silk stripes which is rather unexpected and adorable I think. The collar can stand up too!! And there's pockets! Wins all around!

Antique Ivy Necklace Detail #antique #jewelry #vintage #fashion

My 1940s Autumn Wonderland #1940s #fashion #40s #winter #coat

Vintage Snakeskin Belt Detail #vintage #fashion #1940s #50s #accessories

As for what I'm wearing under that beautiful beast of a coat...whaaaaaaat???? A 1970s sweater??!!!! That's right! 1970s! An era I don't find in my closet until now. I picked up this striped lightweight knit from Raleigh Vintage at a vintage fashion show that I recently got the great pleasure of being a model (more on that in a future post!). After the show, a bunch of vendors were selling their wares, including Raleigh Vintage, and you know I can't pass that sh#t up! I pulled this sweater off the rack and was like "huh", I like this. I know it is the 70s and not my usual thing, but. Yah, I like this. So in a very weird haul I bought this and a tiffany box blue 1950s party dress. I bet they were surprised to share the same bag home!

My Warm and Cozy Vintage Winter #vintage #winter #fashion #1940s #coat

Rockin' the 70s today! #1970s #fashion #70s #style #knit

The sweater's cute though right?! It has such a random mix of styles with a 50s type peter pan collar mixed with the winged sleeves and orangey color of the 70s. Seems fitting for the fall though in that pumpkin spice type hue. It really needed a belt though. The fit with those sleeves and large stripes made for a rather unflattering sight without one. But a skinny belt fixed that right up. This one is actual snakeskin from the 40s or 50s that I snatched up for under $10 at Beggars and Choosers (what a deal!). Some of the little snakey scales are coming up so I will need to get out some glue and make sure they don't come off completely in the future.

How to Mix Different Vintage Eras #vintage #fashion #1930s #1940s #1950s #1970s

My jeans you've seen before (here) and my shoes you've seen a number of times (here, here, here). Jewelry for the day was kept to a copper and brass palette so as to match my toffee and caramel ensemble. The ring is an antique vine and berry design in brass coming soon to my shop. The antique necklace is a pretty copper colored ivy design that someone in Canada snatched up from my shop only two days after I listed it! Hope they love it! 

My Delicious Vintage Winter Coat! #vintage #coat #1940s #fashion #40s #style

Note: I've been getting some specific questions about makeup, photography, clothing, etc. which is so great! I love getting questions and chatting with you about details! Keep 'em coming! I was thinking of maybe doing a Q&A type post where you all could ask questions and I could use them and my answers to start a Frequently Asked Questions page on my blog. What do you think?

1930s/40s Style Shoe Detail #vintage #style #shoe #40s #oxfords

Outfit Details
Coat: 1940s Mouton from Wild Honey Pie Vintage
Sweater: 1970s Knit from Raleigh Vintage
Jeans: Skinnies from Anthropologie
Belt: 1940s/50s Snakeskin from Beggars and Choosers
Shoes: Reproduction 30s/40s Oxfords from Remix Vintage Shoes
Necklace: antique "Ivy in Autumn" from my shop ChatterBlossom
Ring: antique vine and berry, coming soon to my shop ChatterBlossom

My Vintage Autumn #1940s #autumn #fashion #vintage #coat

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  1. Lovely coat :)

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  2. I love that sweater top - might be a 70s but it is sooo lovely and so elegant!

  3. You look so beautiful my dear! Love your warm coat <3

  4. You look stunning. I love the coat and the top is wonderful. I have some things from the 70's, I don't have a lot from then, but every now and again I come across a 70's piece that took influence from an earlier era, so it just fits into my wardrobe!! Fantastic finds. Happy Sunday xx

  5. Love this beautifully cozy coat and the shoes are delightful

  6. I love the sweater, it has a lot of elements of the 30s in it and you don't have the extra 40 years of wear on it:) The sleeves are amazing and I love the geometric play. So your coat is made from wool? This is amazing!

    1. You know, I hadn't thought about it looking like a 30s piece, but you are so right!

  7. What a lovely coat! A fur is one thing that I have yet to add to my wardrobe (at least a real fur). I'm so envious, what a great find!

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  8. I want the shoes! Those are SO cute!!!! The coat is really nice to. You can hug me anytime in that thing! :)
    As usual, beautiful photos Jamie!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  9. the sweater in particular is lovely, it actually looks like a 1930s sweater

    retro rover

    1. That's just what Joanna said too and I hadn't seen it that way until now! You both have a good eye!

  10. Oh, I bet that coat will keep you warm for sure!! I've tried on my great-grandma's fur coats, which are still in the family though not worn these days--they're so heavy it would be a workout just to wear them! The rumor goes that her coats weighed just about as much as she did, since she wasn't even 5 feet tall.

  11. Beautiful coat. And the Seventies! Now you're talking; that's my decade. I still own clothes from then.

  12. That coat looks nice and toasty and cozy! I just snagged a whole bunch of coats and I can't wait to break them out for the winter.

  13. That coat is so beautiful! Reminded me of the one my grandma used to have. Hers was black and long, but it is the softness of it that I remember the most and I adore the shade of brown you have. Wonderful find! x

  14. The coat is so fabulous, Great shade.

  15. wonderful fur short coat!

  16. I really do!!! I adore teddy bear-esque fur coats like this (I've had one on my wish list for years now), they're so fun, cozy and classic. Awesome find, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  17. Love that great fur coat & the striped sweater....& the backdrop is to die for!


  18. Hi Jamie, the sweeter certainly is cute and (to use a favourite saying of my mum’s) you look as snug as a bug in a rug in that gorgeous coat.

  19. Hellk gorgeous! Hope you are well :-) I agree it must be difficult to find the right vintage items all year round! I love the coat and the sweater is splendid too! If I may, I'd love to see this outfit topped off by a tweed pencil skirt in the tones of reddish brown and mustard. You look fabulous as always darling! Big hugs
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