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50s Elvis style cotton boyfriend jacket - striped twill Mad Men guy style lightweight reversible to red - black gray white

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1950s or 1960s Elvis chic black, gray, white striped cotton fall (or spring) jacket that reverses to red. I'm calling this a boyfriend jacket because it's got all the details of a mens jacket including the zipper on the boy side, but it's cut for a female body. It's the female version of a jacket Fonzie might have worn on Happy Days. Think: American Grafitti, with rolled up jeans and a '57 Chevy convertible. The cotton is very luxurious and the interior (that reverses) is bright apple red. It may be a rayon/cotton woven--it has that slinky swagger that cotton alone doesn't offer. I would call this a womens size 4 or 6 (there are no labels in the garment). I have measured the jacket, laid flat, below. Check your measurements against those of a favorite well-fitting coat to see if it's for you.

measurements: laid flat then doubled
36" bust
16" shoulder, seam to seam
13" sleeve inseam; 19-1/2" outer sleeve length
18" across back, arm hole to opposite
21" back on neck to hemline rear
15" waist (at hem) un-stretched (there is elastic)
* metal zipper
* chrome buckle in back for tightening waist
* reversible to red
* pockets on both sides (red side and striped side)
* weighs 1 lb, 3 ounces

condition: remarkable vintage condition. It looks like the jacket was worn with the red side in--there are some very faint larks inside the coat on the breast area. The striped side is in excellent condition--no holes, stains, marks. It's very clan and ready to wear. It came from a pet and smoke free home and does not need dry cleaning, though if you prefer that's fine.
On vintage clothing and how garments might fit on you: to gauge whether a vintage garment will fit properly it’s a good idea to use a tailor’s tape to measure a dress, jacket, or pants that you love and fit you well, and compare them to the measurements I list, the exact measurements of the garment. Most vintage sizing tags don’r correlate with modern sizing which is nuts (you may be a 4 but a 1960s size 13 might be a perfect fit) so don’t pay attention to size numbers (as a rule). Also, the fitted bodices and busts of vintage dresses do not figure into modern sizing, which can be very loose and blousy. To look great in a 50s fitted dress you may want to consider finding vintage bras that will lift your bust and fit like the dresses were intended--get the point (as in pointy). I’m always befuddled when my female friends don’t know their measurements, just some size tag number they refuse to budge from, so they never know it stuff fits when they see measurements on Etsy (for instance). Your bra size is probably your bust size, so you can go from there. It’s a good idea to keep your measurements on an index card in your purse and know what your bust, high rib cage, high waist, low waist, etc is. With a tape measure in tow you will reap the benefit of a proper fit. Just saying.

Send me a Convo me with any questions, and thanks for checking out my shop.

See more of my amazing vintage finds in the rest of my Etsy shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolvintagefinds

and--for guys or gifts for guys--check out my other Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/greatguygifts

Shipping basics: I can ship worldwide to most locales (not all) so ask. Also I can discount and combine shipping for multiple items. Just ask. More info on shipping below.

About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and a few others, plus I’m a well versed shopping powerhouse for props for my photo shoots (some, you will find, oftentimes end up here on Etsy). I really enjoy finding cool stuff, and the result is what I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, fashion and home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. I like good stuff.

On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and if you love something but can’t afford it and wish I would discount it for you I probably will. That said, I majorly frown on low-ball offers for items that are clearly well-priced, so do us both a favor and don’t go there. My pricing is fair and Im told super cheap in comparison to like items in other shops or on Ebay. I am interested in making money, yes, but I tell you I get more of a charge out of finding appreciative homes and closets for my amazing things. The real deal is that I have a really skilled eye for lovely items, and I have more than I can handle and need to clear out my storage bins.

On quality: When I shop I do so carefully, and only select items of a certain quality and design dignity. I really like crafting a nicely balanced shop with things for most body shapes and sizes, and I take great care in how each item compliments other items in my shop. I only list things I feel are of a high quality, but if I find an amazing dress thatis damaged or needs some love, I have it listed because I know there is someone out there who wants it---even with blemishes or repair needs. I've found Etsy to be the perfect place for me to sell that sort of thing. So the message is: there’s no junk here, just well a well culled group of neat vintage stuff from home goods to fashion.

I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

Shipping: I can ship worldwide (though not everywhere) so convo me for inquiries about countries not listed. As a rule I try to ship Priority Mail when possible to insure that shipments arrive safely and have some sort of trafficking number. I can ship any way you like, though. For international shipments I can send via USPS International First Class depending on the weight of the package, and that is usually a less expensive route. When I am in town I generally ship same day as purchase or within 2 or 3 days. If I am out of town for extended periods of time I put my shop on hold, so if it’s up online I’m probably in town.

See the rest of my Etsy shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolvintagefinds

See my other Etsy shop where I sell cool and unusual gift items and accessories for men, including vintage bar ware and glass ware, vintage sunglasses and cool and unique eye wear, vintage designer clothing and preppy mens ties, art and fashion books and hot rod and vintage sports magazines, and quality mid century home accessories--all things I feel might make great gifts for the guys in your life:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/greatguygifts

cheers,
Chip

Meet the owner of CoolVintageFinds.

Chip Cordelli

50s Elvis style cotton boyfriend jacket - striped twill Mad Men guy style lightweight reversible to red - black gray white

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