I wore this black Victorian coat to a party in New Orleans recently. Not only is it one of the oldest vintage clothing items I own, 1880-1890, it also happens to be the first vintage piece I ever bought when I was 21. I found it in a vintage shop that I used to frequent in my youth in Bellingham, WA. Sadly it no longer exists. The location is now a Buffalo Exchange.
It has a simple woven closure in the front and flares out slightly on the bottom, kind of swing coat style. The interfacing sewn into the coat to hold its structure is made of horsehair which was common for the period.
I’ve dressed this coat down with blue jeans many, many times but it easily doubles as a quick going out outfit. I wear a thin black t-shirt or cami underneath. I wore it this night with shiny black Good American jeans and Topshop block heeled pumps since I was going to be standing for hours.
Before the party, I took my camera along as I wandered around New Orleans’ Garden District, and St. Charles Avenue. I love this area of New Orleans, and always make time for a stroll through the old neighborhoods and antique shops when I come to visit.