Winters Past

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One Jacket to Rule Them All

Well, it seems that planet earth has managed to make it’s way around the sun once more because here we are, back at The Holiday Season again.

No matter your approach to the holidays, there’s always more going on in our lives about now. We are busier and the events call for getting a bit more gussied up than our usual everyday selves.

Looking for an easy way to add some style to your holiday outfits?

Enter the vintage jacket. It’s really easy to make everyday clothing feel special when you toss one on.

1980s jackets definitely ┬áhave that something extra– exaggerated proportions, embellishment, color or pattern– that makes them great accent pieces for special events.

Let’s look at how some modern ladies do it:

1980s statement jackets worn with everyday basics

What we’re seeing here is everyday modern basics: jeans, wide legged cropped pants, solid white or black tops, paired with fun jackets. Couldn’t be easier, right?

Here are just a few of the 1980s jackets I have in the shop right now:

vintage 1980s jackets at winters past

Details set these vintage 1980s jackets apart

Now lets take this idea a step further (or should I say a step backwards) by trying the same concept with older jackets, such as those from 1940s.

I’ve mentioned before (and I’m sure I’ll mention again!) that the 80s in some ways reprises the 40s. When you look at jackets from both eras, you see applied embellishments, playful proportions and, yes, shoulder pads in both 40s and 80s pieces.

These 40s jackets are well made garments that are exquisitely tailored and tend to emphasize the waist in a very flattering way. Picture one of these beauties as your holiday go-to piece:

1940s jackets

1940s jackets

Of course, you can do the same thing with them as you can with the 80s jackets-pair them with jeans or cropped pants and a simple top. Or try one of these lovely toppers with a pair of slouchy pleated trousers and an oxford shoe for more of a 40s vibe.

Here’s a gorgeous group of 1940s jackets I recently acquired for the shop:

vintage 1940s jackets

vintage 1940s jackets

Vintage 1940s jackets

Add a special vintage jacket for easy holiday styling in a snap. One less thing to take care of during this busy season!

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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