Tuesday, June 19, 2012
What's Penny Wearing? #72 A Mod 60's Raincoat
I found this white vinyl raincoat at a thrift store. Straight out of the 60's from Beeline Fashions. Does anybody remember Beeline? The fashions were sold through at-home shows, rather like Tupperware parties. I think I remember Mother either tried her hand at selling the clothes, or at least had a party or two. She dabbled like that; she used to sell World Book Encyclopedias, as well. Or, at least, she tried to.
So anyway, I found this coat - the belt and a couple of buttons were missing. I didn't mind,as I figured I could just search for a belt and replace the buttons. The coat fits me, I happen to think the style is pretty cool and I love vintage - plus, the price was right.
As you can see, I found a couple of belts. I found the red one first, and went to Joann's and picked out some buttons that looked good with it. But then I found the orange belt, which is even better! In fact, it was exactly what I had hoped to find - a vinyl belt in a bright color. So now, I want to figure out a way to make the buttons removable and interchangeable - so that I can switch them out depending on which color belt I want to wear that day. So the coat can go from looking like this, as I found it:
To something more along these lines (or, actually, even better than this, after I replace the buttons.):
Now I just will have to wait for a rainy day, carry an umbrella , and wear my groovy vinyl raincoat. Some people might think it's weird - I don't mind, I march to my own drummer anyway. A different drummer than yours? Fine with me.