Vintage Style Womens Coats

An overcoat is an outerwear that is synonymous with winter and is a must-have because of the cold. While some women are quite content with any old coat as long as it wards off the biting cold, other women take this as a time, not only to feel warm but to flaunt a fashionable coat that's unique and stylish. They know that because it's chilly outside doesn't mean you can't step out in style.
For those who love vintage inspired fashion, you'll agree with me that the designs of overcoats of the 20th century, worn by fashionable women and silver screen goddesses are some of the best styles ever. From the winter coats of the early 19th century to the swing and swagger coats of the 1950s, today's winter outerwear need to duff their hats to their stylish predecessors.
If you like vintage style overcoats and wish to add one to your wardrobe, here are some styles you should see.

1920s Style Winter Coats

There is nothing like the women's overcoats of the swinging twenties and their styles are yet to be surpassed. Their designs with large fur collars created a cocoon of warmth and style.

Coat fabrics were mostly made of deep pile velvet, wool broadcloth, wool suede and velour and were lined with crepe de chine, satin de chine, brocade, or silks and blends. Colours ranged from black and brown to tan, green, blue, and cranberry red. 

1930s Women Overcoats

1930s style coats of old Hollywood came long, tailored and modest with the popular styles made of faux fur, wool, velvet, tweed and more. Swagger coats were very popular and quite stylish, and they were ideal for any type of shape. 

They had high collarless necklines, sleeves with epaulette shoulders, and smartly placed patch pockets.

Vintage Inspired Styles of Overcoats

1. Dress Coats – This overcoat resembles a dress and is in fact one of the trending styles of winter coats today. It comes with a collar, lapels, and a belt that appears to cinch a woman’s waist. Its design is certainly ‘vintage inspired’ because it was a style that was quite popular in the mid 50’s to the 60’s.

2. Vintage Inspired Trench Coats – this style of is very popular and worn by men and women. It is generally double-breasted and comes with a fairly wide lapel and belted around the waist.

You will find that trench coats come with shoulder and wrist straps.

3. Trendy Cloaks – Cloaks and capes serve the same purpose as all overcoats, to keep you warm in winter, but it differs in design to the regular kind of coat. It is loose, one of its features that makes it look so fashionable and chic. Cloaks have been around for a number of hundreds, but over time became fashion apparel for winter wear.

They come without sleeves but have an open slit that you can put your hands through. Most “generally fasten at the neck or over the shoulder” and come in short or long lengths.

4. Faux Fur Overcoat - We all know why we have to settle for faux fur overcoats instead of the authentic animal coats, and rightly so too. But what’s trending for 2014/2015 as regards the faux furry warmers? PRETTY COLOURS! Yes, nice sweet colours such as pale pink, midnight blue, camel, pale orange, oatmeal, turquoise; some with bold stripes running across in horizontal lines. There is also classic black & white combinations.

Styles range from the short cropped jackets to the long overcoats, most come collar-less and when unbuttoned will look nice with vintage-inspired neck jewellery.

5. Pea Coats - Many may not know what kind of overcoat this is vintage-inspired coat is . . . Yes, it is an unusual name, but a pea coat is one that was originally worn by European and American sailors dating back into the early 1700’s. It is coarse to the touch and made from wool. 

Today, pea coats are not much different from the past design and have become trending outerwear clothing. The coat is now considered a vintage/classic inspired style with some now coming with hoods. They come in great shapes; made from other fabrics including leather, besides the classic navy blue wool of centuries past.

So which styles of the above Women Overcoats are your winter outerwear choice? Which types make your statement? Which of these vintage-inspired overcoat genres' 'spells' your signature?

12 Show-Stopping Necklaces

Necklaces are one of those fashion accessories that you can use to make a bold statement if you plan to stand out from the crowd. No, not the thin neck chains, or those thin and tiny pendants held by a micro-thin necklace, but big bold and uniquely crafted neck wear that’s literally ‘show stopping’.

Elaborate Neck and Shoulder Alloy Jewellry with Rhinestone Settings
Neck jewellery has been worn by women AND men since the Stone Age. At the time and through the ages, both men and women adorned their necks with things ranging from strung pieces of twine, shells, bone, sea shells, animal teeth, seeds, animal skin, feathers, and the like to precious stones, corals, and man-made beads. With people of the Stone Age for instance, it all depended on what they found around them and (probably) how creative some of the cave men/women were to put something together.

But this article is not about the history of the necklace . . .

European Style Pearl Shells and Starfish Charms Necklace
Today’s trending necklaces tend to be on the large and bold side and because they are costume jewellery, they possess great features that many fashionable women love. But what makes a necklace a ‘show-stopper’? What makes one stand out against another?

Faux Pearls with Rhinestone & Alloy Metal Chains (Earrings and Necklace Set)  

Neck Jewelry - Design, Size and Materials Used Matters

How do you recognise show-stopping jewellery?
  • Is it in its size?
  • Is it what it’s made from?
  • Is it in its form?
  • Can it be its weight?
  • Or how valuable it is?
The answer isn’t necessarily any of the aforementioned but rather a combination of them all.

They must be considerably large and must be made from unique materials; certainly not the run-of-the-mill PVC based materials or those cheap looking plastic beads you’ll find strung prettily at the markets.

Chunky Faux Pearl String of Necklace
The design must be unique, almost a one-of-a-kind style with great details; its form is what catches our eyes first anyway, before anything else. And it should be weighty enough to give you the feeling that you’ve discovered a great buy. Some say that’s all in the mind but many think not.
Alloy Braided Necklace - European Style
Finally, when it comes to value, costume jewellery is generally affordable. They cost a fraction of the value in gold, silver or platinum . . . weight for weight. However, you’ll find that some statement necklaces are a bit pricey, but then, that’s relative.

A show-stopper must be unique; it must be crafted in such a way that it resembles a piece of art. It doesn’t really matter what material it is made of as long as it ‘screams’ DISTINCTIVE! Plus it must go well with the style of clothing a woman wears.

Victorian Black Lace Choker with Beaded Pendants
From twisted metal creations and copper baubles to pieces encrusted with colourful gemstones (faux or real), intricately woven lacework (or filigree), artsy glass beading, and multiple strings of multi-sized corals, a stunning piece of neck jewelry will always be noticed.

They all have one thing in common, style and size. Big bold jewelry pieces like these are the ones that have the ‘wow factor’, so if you are different and bold enough to adorn your neck with these pieces, these types of affordable statement necklaces are just for you.

Vintage Collar Alloy Necklace

How Best to Wear Statement Necklaces

You can wear statement necklaces with smart, stylish, or casual clothing . . . ethnic, classic, everyday, or formal (evening) wear. It will always depend on the look you want to put forward, so any way you choose to wear them; you will still look different and stand out of from the crowd.

Cluster of Faux Pearl Jewellry Set
And because you don’t want to create a cluttered look around your neck, it’s best to wear large and ‘chunky’ necklaces with smaller earrings with:
  • Bustiers
  • Spaghetti strap dresses
  • Low-cut gowns
  • Strapless clothing
  • Single strap clothing
  • Tube tops and dresses
You don’t want to look out of tune with style though so remember . . . how you put your fashion ensemble (clothing and accessories) together is always the key to becoming a ‘show-stopper’.

Multi-Colour Chunky Bib Necklace

Vintage Inspired Gowns - Mermaid Dresses

The mermaid style dress is classic in many ways. It can be described as a vintage inspired dress; it is certainly designed  for the hourglass (figure 8) silhouette, it's a nice reminder of the chic and elegant gowns of the mid-19th century, and it's a blast from the past . . . of classic movies where all the beautiful and sexy actresses always wore clothes that highlighted and accentuated their body shape.

Mermaid dresses, also known as trumpet gowns or fish-tail dresses, are made to fit snugly from the upper arms/shoulder of a woman's body; down the bosom to a tight cinched waist, closely fitted around the hips all the way down to the knees where it then flares out like a mermaids tail.

The dress design is glamorous, to say the least, but can be styled from 'subtle' to 'dramatic' For instance, a subtle look may have a soft flowing tail, made from layers of delicate fabrics like silk, chiffon, or satin to form flowing "voluminous fish-tail ruffles". For the more dramatic but elegant look, a stiffer fabric like taffeta, tulle, brocade, or organza will create a stiffer fish-tail dress, forming the perfect figure of a mermaid.

They can be heavily or lightly embellished with sequins, intricate embroidery, faux gems, faux pearls, metallic finishes, and Swarovski stones.

A mermaid dress is meant to be sleek and feminine on, and come with long or short sleeves, puffed sleeves, 'spaghetti' straps, strapless, halter, or with a single strap, and since they all come as long dresses that sashay out at the knees, they are quite suitable to wear as:

Who Can Wear a Mermaid Dress?

To wear a mermaid dress AND look good in it, one needs to have an almost hourglass figure. Of course, a woman can wear the perfect body-shaper to get that "magic shape", but the point is that the silhouette must be shaped like an '8' for the dress to look good on.

In order to 'wear the gown well' it's best to be of average to tall height. You must have an average bust size, a slim waist, and curvy hips (not necessarily a Kim Kardasian, but close is good!), and nice straight legs too. So if you possess these shapely attributes, you have the best body shape  for this vintage inspired gown.