bryant park

today i finally get to reveal my newest vintage acquisition: this crazy beautiful 1940’s olive green coat! it was one of those truly serendipitous moments when i ran into mercy vintage at the last minute before my trip, looking for a fun little party dress. of course i ended up browsing through the coats on my way to the dressing room, and of course this coat popped right out at me. i tried it on thinking the big puff sleeves would probably swallow up my frame, but to my surprise, it fit like a glove! and so my poor wallet cried a single tear as i coughed up the dough…

but i’m happy to invest in a few statement coats here and there. and i’m quite pleased that while this coat is from the 1940’s, it’s still perfectly in tune with the current military trend we’ve been seeing in many of the fashion editorials. did you see the vogue march issue?

vintage 1940’s coat, mercy vintage
vintage-inspired bb dakota blouse, courtesy of modcloth
purple suede nine west platforms, piperlime

images 1, 3, and 7 shot by chictopia.
images 2, 4, 5, and 6 shot by the clothes horse.

69 Responses to bryant park

  1. !Tb0n3! February 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    OMG, that coat is one hot piece!

  2. Molly February 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    wow what an amazing coat dress (? I'm assuming it is). Your hair is so cute! You look very 'Amelie' :D

  3. Rheanne February 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    wow you look like you live in a really nice place!! and i love your
    style :)


  4. mary van note February 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    that coat is to die for.

  5. Helen February 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    I'm so jealous. It's gorgeous! I've never ever ever found a nice coat in any of our local thrift shops.

  6. Roo Paprika February 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    That coat is just beautiful. Not just the colour and the cut but the details like the buttons make it. Great look

  7. Ivy W.M. February 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    That coat is just gorgeous! Such a great statement piece. having serious style envy right now!

  8. Tien February 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Love, love, *LOVE* the coat! It's gorgeous.

  9. Ms. B @ Millie Deel February 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Oh my word that coat is simply gorgeous, I love the buttons on it as well!!!

  10. Annie, Time Enough for Drums February 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I really loved this coat and the blouse underneath. So great for twirling, too! Annie.

  11. Lala and Bitsy February 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I have a similar coat I bought YEARS ago and thought of this same exact color combo with the purpley heels. too cute!

  12. amanda February 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    wow, gorgeous coat! i really should invest in some great coats. i get jealous when i see them on everyone else!

  13. alya February 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    That's an amazing find, and it truly does fit you like a glove. I'm totally jealous!

  14. Daisy February 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Such an amazing coat, it looks fab on you!

  15. megannielsen February 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Oh my gosh I die! That coat is freaking gorgeous!!!

  16. winniecoop February 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    What a great coat! I love the spinning photos and the fact that it has some flounce.

  17. Lilly Garcia February 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    What a great find! Enjoy it!

  18. Eli February 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    it really is amazing, I love finding one a kind pieces like this youll be able to have forever. and re hand it down to your kids one day.

  19. viv February 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    The coat is gorgeous! And the lime green lining… your shoes make the outfit just perfect!

  20. Justice Pirate February 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Oh goodness! It's extremely lovely!! Gorgeous.

  21. M. February 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    oh my, that coat is so amazing. I love the color so much! great find!

    lovelove, M.

  22. legalstyle February 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    i love how you've layered here! the poncho over the vintage coat is perfect.

    and thanks for twirling! :)

  23. legalstyle February 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    i love the layering here! i adore how you've worn the poncho over. and thanks for twirling!

  24. legalstyle February 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    i love the layering here! i really like how you've put the poncho over your vintage coat.

  25. lisa zain @etsy February 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    erin! you look stunning! your outfits are always so inspirational to a jeans & t-shirt girl like myself… but this one is top. && those heels! ♥♥♥

  26. A Thought Is The Blossom February 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    it's gorgeous. love the lining of it too.

  27. confessions of a marc addict. February 24, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    love the feel of this outfit. the coat is gorgeous and the shoes are classy.

  28. DearBeatrice... February 24, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    That coat is absolutely stunning!! I love the color and shape of the buttons ^.^

  29. libys11 February 24, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    it's really beautiful erin!!! the color is perfect on your skin! :D

  30. Corie February 24, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    I love your style…this coat is crazy beautiful!

  31. vagabond sister February 24, 2010 at 1:14 am #

    great blog…i just found it! love the look in this post!

  32. Nicky February 24, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Ooh, love the spinny shots :) What a great outfit indeed!

  33. MissKellie February 24, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    Oh WOW, that coat is incredible!! :D

  34. Donna M. February 24, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    these are photos are lovely! the colour of the buttons against that military green colour are such a nice combination. your shoes are great too!

  35. Kyla February 24, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    WOW, Erin! This is incredible! You look amazing and these pictures should be hanging in your living room. I hope you had fun! I was a little bummed that I wasn't there :(

  36. Lemondrop Marie February 24, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    That is an amazing coat- I've never seen such pretty buttons and sleeves on one coat! It was worth the splurge- I know it!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    Happy Chinese New Year giveaway

  37. Jessica February 24, 2010 at 3:06 am #

    That coat is great. I really love your shoes, too!

  38. Lisa Grace February 24, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Oh wow, that coat is fantastic!

  39. megan February 24, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    You look gorgeous, like a 40's photograph!


  40. la petite teacup February 24, 2010 at 3:28 am #

    the buttons!!!!!!!

  41. Delightfully Tacky February 24, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    That color is my favorite. It looks really stunning on you.

  42. Leproust Vintage February 24, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    This coat is sooo amazing….something about your hair, the coat, and those heels! Everything just works so amazingly together!

  43. if i haver February 24, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    That dress! Those shoes! Tres chic. What's your tattoo??

  44. Nicole Jarecz February 24, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    hey :) i've just discovered your blog and love it! i'm going to follow you…

    I'm a fashion illustrator from Detroit. I hope you'll check out my work on my blog and follow me as well!


  45. Rebecca, The Clothes Horse February 24, 2010 at 4:18 am #

    You can't pass up dresses that fit like a glove!

  46. Classically Cool February 24, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    your outfit is amazing! i love love. and love the blog. i'm following you darling. =) drop by my blog too, pretty please. =D

  47. Clare February 24, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    These are such great pictures, and that coat is definitely one-of-a-kind. Beautiful!

  48. barefootandvintage February 24, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    marie claire did a few features on military, too…you're right, it's everywhere!

    that coat is amazing…congrats on such a great find!

  49. The Sound of Lace February 24, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    i cant believe its vintage…i love it and it is so NOW!

  50. the Citizen Rosebud February 24, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    great coat, and it'll be stylin' for years to come. someone mentioned the buttons, yeah those are unforgettable. and i love the shoulders. a real show stopper.

  51. Mystery Flight Vintage February 24, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    fantastic coat. my dream coat in fact. the light green lining is a lovely feature.

  52. Lucy Marmalade February 24, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    The lime green lining is what really does it for me. What is it that's so seductive about linings? They are like fancy little secrets. Even if no one can see it, YOU know it's there, and that truly makes all the difference.

  53. AnnaBanana February 24, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    :O My head just exploded of its awesomeness. Now I have to crawl around and pick the pieces up and put it back together.

  54. Andi B. Goode February 24, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Oh, gosh, that coat is to die for!
    -Andi x

  55. Xavi February 24, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    I like this fantastic coat over the blouse. cute!!!

  56. hello birdy February 24, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Perfect. Lovely the swirliness :o)

  57. suzy February 24, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    what a great find! and it really is part of the latest utilitarian trend that's everywhere (didn't see vogue yet, but it's in harper's bazaar). great photos too!

  58. theowlsarenotwhattheyseem February 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    WOW that coat is fantastic! definitely a good piece to splurge on. it fits you perfectly, and is so classic and dramatic. you look gorgeous in it. ~joelle

  59. Design Thrift February 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    i love those buttons on the coat. they are a unique shape too. also love the shawl on top of the coat in some of those pics because you had to be freezing without it.

  60. Lonesome Mama February 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Oh such a lovely dress!

  61. MELISSA Z. February 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Love your coat, especially for its color!

  62. crispybenfranklin February 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    That coat is pretty much heart-breakingly beautiful. I love it.

  63. Puebla Chic February 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    u reminded me of a young Edith Piaf! beuatiful!

  64. Ivan McK February 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    You look awesome! I love the entire combo :-)


  65. simonesays February 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Just so, so amazing. That looks so much fun to twirl in, which always adds ten points to any piece of clothing. Also, the colour = fantastic x473894637.

  66. God's Favorite Shoes! February 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I can't even begin to tell you how hard I would have slapped you in the left eye if we were both in that vintage shop, on the same dang, at the same moment. I would have pulled out my Thundercats "Cheetarah" moves and snatched that coat out of your hands and laughed when you cried!

    I would have taunted you by looking over my shoulders at the counter as I paid and dared you to follow me out the door for it!

    Going a little too far…..I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COATDRESS! It gave me chills! I am not playing either…straight up CHILLS!!!!

  67. Neekoh February 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    i LOOOOOOOOVE this dress! Beautiful!


  68. The Jazzy Belle February 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    i think the coat was an excellent purchase! My wallet cries a lot too. LOL! i like the way you threw the shawl over the coat in the last few pics.. nice touch!

  69. mme_brzydka March 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Lucky you- the coat is really, really beautiful!

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