Vintage Coats From Old Hollywood Are All The Fashion Inspiration You Need




 

There's nothing like a great coat to finish off any outfit, especially during the cold and dreary winter months.

Wearing the right coat can make you feel plenty of things: strong, polished, sophisticated and even just plain fun, depending on the style. If anyone understood that, it was the women of Old Hollywood. Stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Esther Williams, among many others, were masters of outerwear.

During these stars' reign of the film industry, fur coats ― often seen as a symbol of wealth and status ― were a go-to, but tailored wool coats, sometimes in check and plaid patterns, were also popular.

Many of the classic styles beloved by Old Hollywood starlets, such as belted wool trenches and oversized silhouettes, have stood the test of time. One notable difference, however, is real fur's declining popularity. Over the past year alone, major brands like Burberry, Givenchy and Gucci have ditched fur in favor of faux alternatives. And while faux fur isn't a perfect substitute, it doesn't involve harming animals.

To get a little inspiration for the upcoming winter coat season, check out the photos below and find out how to get some vintage-inspired outerwear for yourself:

Marilyn Monroe, 1956

Elizabeth Taylor, 1962

Ingrid Bergman, circa 1948

Grace Kelly, 1956

Gene Tierney, undated

Marlene Dietrich, 1933

Audrey Hepburn, 1960

Doris Day, 1960

Sophia Loren, undated

Leslie Caron, 1961

Irene Dunne, 1939

Esther Williams, undated

Ann Harding, 1935

Jean Harlow, around 1932

Rita Hayworth, 1941

Ava Gardner, circa 1950

Ginger Rogers, 1936

Gina Lollobrigida, 1964

Jean Simmons, undated

Veronica Lake, 1942

Get the look:

H&M Faux Fur Coat

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Sam Edelman Tweed Reefer Maxi Coat

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J.Crew Plaid Single-Breasted Topcoat

Buy the J.Crew Plaid Single-Breasted Topcoat for $398

Asos New Look Tailored Maxi Coat

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Club Monaco Remmi Coat

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Express Boucle Cocoon Coat

Get the Express Boucle Cocoon Coat for $118

J.Crew Faux Fur Leopard Coat

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Moon River Houndstooth Double Breasted Coat

Buy the Moon River Houndstooth Double Breasted Coat for $175

Leith Single Button Plaid Coat

Buy the Leith Single Button Plaid Coat for $129

H&M Faux Fur Coat

Buy the H&M Faux Fur Coat for $129

J.Crew Daphne Topcoat in Glen Plaid

Buy the J.Crew Daphne Topcoat in Glen Plaid for $398

H&M Belted Coat

Buy the H&M Belted Coat for $69.99

Cole Haan Signature Faux-Fur-Collar Walker Coat

Buy the Cole Haan Signature Faux-Fur-Collar Walker Coat for $259.99

Kendall + Kylie Double Breasted Plaid Coat

Get the Kendall + Kylie Double Breasted Plaid Coat for $265
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