Searching for a beautifully structured vintage coat can be an inspiring journey. When you find a unique, well-made piece it becomes a treasure in your wardrobe. What I love about vintage is the magic of that one-of-a-kind item. Have you checked out any vintage stores or flea markets in your area? It’s a wonderful way to spend a weekend morning.

A vintage piece is singular. It is yours. When searching through the racks, you are sifting through history. What is this coat’s story? Where has it been? Who has worn it?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping for vintage coats:

  • Try not to have specific expectations (I’m looking for a blue, wool cape with a faux fur collar). You may end up feeling disappointed and possibly overlook some wonderful finds by having such a specific piece in your head. Rather, have an open mind. Who knows what you may find?
  • Don’t be afraid to take your time with the search. You may have to go to numerous vintage stores or return again to your favorite one before you find something truly spectacular. Yet, the hunt is completely rewarding … not to mention, entertaining to see what used to be in style.
  • There are those special occasions when you try on a coat and it truly fits you like a glove. However, more often than not, you will most likely need to have the coat altered. It’s a small investment for a piece you will have for a lifetime.

Vintage has a story, and you get to continue the story by incorporating the piece into your wardrobe and possibly passing it on to your children or loved ones. So check out some local stores or treasure hunts online. You will find gems, inspiration, history, and certainly a few laughs!

Here are some of my favorites in the Los Angeles Area:

SquaresVille | 1800 N. Vermont Avenue< Jet Rag | 825 N. La Brea Avenue
SLOW | 7474 Melrose Avenue
Rose Bowl Flea Market  | 2nd Sunday of every month, Pasadena
OnlineDalena VintageAdored Vintage

Do you have a story to share about a vintage piece in your wardrobe? 

Photos by N.C. Winslow

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