Obviously there’s a lot of styles within the mid-century fashion realm that ooze elegance. Once you remove poodle skirts from the line up, it’s basically all of them. One of my favourites, yet also probably the style type I own the least of, is the coat dress. They somehow aren’t reproduced as often as I would expect them to be, given they are practically a superlative in sophistication, but when they are, they win me over every time.
Dress: Rust Garcelle C/O Lindy Bop
Blouse: Estelle by Heart of Haute
Gloves: Current season Primark
Bag: Iris bag by Voodoo Vixen
Boots: Cognac Cecily by JustFab (Referral link for bargain price for any first pair)
Faux Fur Shawl: Old Joanie Clothing
A coat dress is exactly what the name suggests–a dress that looks like a coat. This time of year that means you can easily create a look that reads as very seasonal by layering warm winter accessories, a blouse with an interesting neckline detail, thick tights and boots. The rest of the year, however, and certainly by evening, the structured design of a coat dress lends itself beautifully to a formal look appropriate for weddings, dinner parties and practically every other special occasion you may be celebrating, so swapping those cold weather accessories for more refined pieces will leave you looking marvelous and chic. As this dress is made from a medium weight plain woven crepe, you could even use it as an actual coat in spring time, when often all you need is a light layer on the more uncertain weather days.
The Garcelle coat dress is, while very dashing, a simple piece. It’s a double breasted style, so it closes with 6 fabric-covered buttons in the centre. The collared neckline offers structured style and the opportunity to display your favourite vintage brooches, while dipping into a V-neck just low enough to allow you to layer in scarves or blouses for different looks without threatening your modesty when worn without one. The entire dress is fully lined and the sleeves are full length, so there’s no need to sacrifice for your style with a chilly forearm. The skirt features box pleats and pockets, with a gentle sweep that will fit a medium volume petticoat before the hem will threaten to un-lap in front to reveal said petticoat. As Lindy Bop are a budget-friendly company, the Garcelle is also washing-machine friendly, so there’s no pricey dry cleaning trips to factor in to your considerations before purchase.
In terms of sizing, in the past year or so Lindy Bop have updated their site to include a sizing guide on the product page for each individual item to give you a more accurate view of the sizing for every product. Depending upon the fabric used and the fit/cut of a style, I’m generally a size 18 in Lindy Bop but can sometimes be a size 20 in some pieces, usually because of my bust measurement. In this style I could tell the size 18 would probably technically fit but might be a bit fit in the bust, while the size 20 would likely be a bit loose. I decided I’d rather size into the 20 to have room for comfortably layering blouses and such underneath. The dress does live up to these expectations in person, flat measuring just shy of 48 inches with stretch to about 50 inches, while the waist flat measures 38 inches with only enough give to stretch to 39 without straining the buttons in an unsightly fashion. These measurements put it exactly in line with its size chart, so following that should see you right no matter your size.
The Garcelle coat dress comes in this lovely Rust colour, as well as Emerald Green, Ruby Red and Slate Blue, all in UK sizes 8-22. Lindy Bop deliver internationally and have stockists all over the world.