HOW TO SWING BACK TO 60'S STYLE WITH A DIY RETRO INSPIRED COAT

 Published 12/23 & 12/24: Seattle Fashion Daily















Isn't it a given that coats play a major part in fall and winter collections? Well, this year coats have
gone far beyond the role of being a staple piece, and have moved fashion more towards being a
"statement piece".  Coats have been big news on all the catwalks, and have become a central focus of the wardrobe.  They are helping pave the way to a more laid back approach to styling.

Outerwear inspiration comes not just from fashion icons, but also from decade influence.  The 60's decade is alive and well, and is one of my favorites to reinvent style from.  For daytime outerwear, swing coats and fake furs were popular for young women.  Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and who doesn't adore her style?!?

This fun swing coat can be sewn from a basic flare coat pattern. I added a pleat in the back and a peter pan collar.  The quilted bubble fabric was purchased at Jo Anne's.  I'm  sad to say I don't have this exact pattern anymore: My clear out clutter mode was in over drive.  I am regretting getting rid of it!  I have been dubbed  "The Throw Away Queen."

I hope this post took you back in time with a smile, and added some inspiration to your day.  Merry Christmas , enjoy this magical season with your loved ones and I hope you get mass spoiling from Santa!  Thanks for taking time to visit. I will be back with lots more in the new year.  I plan to do some giveaways , start a you tube channel,  and make more connections with other bloggers.

Valerie





HOLIDAY OUTFIT GUIDE: PART TWO










The cooler Northwest temperatures are here, and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas everywhere you go!  I'm thankful there isn't a huge temperature variation and a gal can still pull out the short skirts!  The waterfront here is breathtaking anytime of year!

I hope everyone is having a great time shopping, and enjoying all the festivities of the holidays!  I posted a casual outfit a few days ago.  You can step  up the glitz by adding a higher heeled boot, and a skirt made from a finer fabric such satin chintz.   Also if you are a sassy diva like me, throw in some fur with a scarf!  I made the scarf with faux fur and felt.






 




HOLIDAY OUTFIT GUIDE: PART ONE





















Shop the Look:
|Coat: Macy's| Skirt: Forever 21| Top: Old Navy| Bag: Macy's|  Boots: Macy's| Scarf: Handmade-me


Do you have all your cute outfits ready for the festivities coming up? It's a great time to experiment with different textures: leather, faux fur, and lace are all good choices for the season. I love to wear black any time of the year..it's timeless and classy!  Of course pairing it with red makes a bold statement for the holidays.  Some events will require a more dressy look. This outfit is great for a casual dinner party or for shopping on the town.  Have fun dolling up and stay tuned , I will have more holiday outfits coming soon!