If you’ve ever taken a trip to my Twitter profile then one of the first things you’ll learn about me is that I love a good bit of vintage clothing. Particularly a cool coat. I’ve been thinking a lot about ways that I can include a bit of my personal style on my blog without relying on someone to take outfit pictures of me. As much as I’d love to have beautiful images of me sporting my favourite looks on my blog, I just don’t really have anyone who can take them for me (any volunteers?). So, I was thinking of alternative ways to show you my, self-proclaimed, incredible style and thought why not do a bit of a vintage fashion post?
Something that I’ve noticed in my year or so of blogging is that not many bloggers seem to be into vintage clothing. Now maybe that isn’t true but from what I’ve seen so far it seems to be the case! With so many of us taking more of an interest in sustainable fashion, I thought that it’d be fun to do something a bit different and share my vintage outerwear pieces with you. Maybe I’ll even inspire some of your to give vintage clothing a try.
A familiar face if you may in the wardrobe of Faye (love a rhyme!). You’ll definitely recognise this piece from my What I Wore In Seville post and it won’t be the last you’ll see of it either. This has got to be my favourite coat of all time. If it hadn’t already been featured on my blog then I would’ve saved it until last but alas I’ve already shared it’s sheer beauty before. One of the best things about this coat is that it’s completely moulded to me from the amount of times I’ve worn it. You can actually see in the photo where it’s shaped to my arms which is both weird and wonderful. A green leather coat probably isn’t what you think when you envision an all-purpose coat but honestly it’s so easy to style.
Oh the brown suede-y! This was my first ever vintage purchase and if I do say so myself a pretty strong one too. Starting off what has become my love of all things 70s, I picked this up for £30 from one of my favourite shops back home in Liverpool. I know, £30 for an authentic 70s suede coat – an absolute steal right? I’ve definitely had my wear out of this over the years to the point where the lining is torn to pieces. But for an almost 50 year old coat it’s in pretty good condition on the outside.
My brown snakeskin jacket is something that, I have to admit, I don’t wear as frequently as my others. That isn’t because I like it any less than my other coats because I LOVE it. However, it’s just something that isn’t much of a daytime jacket for me. My classic way of styling it is with an all black look with heeled boots in the evening. Whenever I rock it for a night out it makes me feel like your typical “cool girl” and it’s obvious why – it’s snakeskin pattern! How could you not feel like the coolest person in the room when you’re glad in snakeskin print.
You might be asking yourself “ANOTHER GREEN COAT?!?”. Who could possibly need more than one green coat, right? Well, the jokes on you because I actually own three green coats (the third isn’t a vintage one). In all seriousness though there is definitely room in your wardrobe for multiple green coats. I’m proving this truth right here, right now! I guess there is some argument that could say that this is in fact a blue suede coat but I’ve always thought of it as more of a green. The cut of this coat feels a bit more girly and less structured than that of my brown suede which I love every now and then. I’ve always been a fan of tailored clothing and the fact that this combined tailoring with femininity perfectly is a dream.
She wore brown (…blue) velvet! (points if you get the reference). My brown velvet jacket has become somewhat of a special occasion item. I picked it up for £15 in the same vintage shop as my suede coats and have whipped it out on a few specific events over the years. As a student I don’t really get many opportunities to wear this piece. But it is one of my favourites in my wardrobe which is such a shame! With graduation in the summer I’m hoping to get a lot more use out of it in my post-university endeavours.
Well that’s it… my full vintage coat collection. I have no doubt that this will only expand over the coming years and honestly I can’t wait! Are you a fan of vintage clothing? What are some of your favourite shops to visit to fulfil your vintage clothing needs? Let me know in the comments. If you’re not a bit vintage lover I’d love to know why out of sheer curiosity!