Women's Vintage and Vintage Style Hooded Coats and Capes
If you're like me, you love the vintage style, and, vintage coats drive you nuts in an exciting way. And if you find a vintage coat with a hood, you're crazy in love. A vintage coat, especially true vintage in top form, is a totally fab find. Find one with a hood and you'll be admired and envied at the same time.
Why? Well, it's not like the hooded vintage coat was madea dime a dozen. Quite frankly there weren't many out there and you'd be hard pressed to find a full portfolio of hooded vintage coats on the web.
Where have all the gorgeous Vintage hooded Coats gone?
This fact has always puzzled me. If we love hoods on our coats ever so much, if they (hooded coats) are the first to leave the shops come fall, if they are so cozy and perfect, saught after and useful, then why do more designers not go that extra mile and for goodness sakes offer more?! Honestly I've been baffled about this for quite a bit of my life. It really never seemed a fair thing. Once I reached a certain age, hooded coats were a coveted find, and, I might add, you will rarely see me without one come winter as I never settle; I seek till I find. And find you can!
While the hooded coat in general is difficult to come across, and I do mean a hooded coat that is elegant, sassy, adorable, mysterious, and even sexy, it is certainly not impossible. Especially if you go by way of original or second hand vintage... and if you know where to look - I've linked to some of these places below as a starting point. While I haven't shopped at any of these shops mentioned, they at the very least, offer a starting search point. E-bay and Etsy seem to be the best in variety for online shopping where vintage hooded coats are concerned, but there are a few more out there at all sorts of price ranges.
Chances are, however, that you can find a gem of a vintage hooded coat right in your very own town. Here in St. Louis the two best are Value Village (four stores) and The Scholar Shop (two stores). Price wise, Value Village is your best bet. They don't cost you an arm and a leg like The Scholar Shop will. Yes, I've seen vintage hooded coats sell for over a thousand U.S. dollars at the latter, then gone and found something just as exquisite, if not more so, at Value Village for 40-80 dollars (most of the time the price is MUCH lower - you never know what you'll find; I suppose that's part of the thrill).
The key to aquiring a fine vintage hooded coat is to
- know what you're looking for
- know what is vintage and what is not
- know your second hand shops
- look for your vintage coat at all times of the year, yes, even in the summer
- by all means, grab it, take it to the counter, and buy!
Some online places to look for vintage hooded coats, in no particular order...
- Sydney's Vintage Clothing
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