Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yay or nay? The vintage velveteen jacket

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time at all, you probably know that while I enjoy finding quality traditional clothing items, I also have a bit of a weakness for rather unique pieces as well. This is especially true when they're vintage, as a good portion of the time you simply don't see anything like them being created still today (and if they are, they're by a new designer and priced out of the range of anyone with modest means).

I had just such a find about a week ago. Gliding through the rack at a particularly poorly-lit thrift store, my fingers glanced across some fabric that stood out during the split-second touch. Based on the price ($4) and the tags inside, I knew that it was coming home with my regardless of whether it fit or not, so I paid and left for home without even trying it on.

Black velveteen jacket
It may be hard to tell from the picture, but it's a black cotton velveteen jacket. Based on the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America tag inside the pocket, it's from the mid-60s or so, and it's in absolutely mint condition. The best part is that when I tried it on upon arriving home, it fit me nearly perfectly.

So, I have no idea when the occasion will arise to wear such a jacket, but I was incredibly excited to find it. It's one of those pieces that simply doesn't come around that often, and the fact that it fit me made my day.


  1. Sir, This doesn't belong under the "Yay or Nay" heading... it should be posted under "Hell Yes".

    Every gent should have one of these. While it is a three-season jacket (early spring to early fall is not velvet season), and generally an evening piece, it works with nearly anything... especially in the depths of winter. Bow-tie, ascot, or tie, it will work with any of them. My suggestion is to never treat is as a casual jacket. Wear it with handsome wool pants and shined shoes or velvet slippers, and a tie. Finally, never forget a silk pocket-square.

  2. I'd change the buttons and put a button hole in the lapel. The buttons would look nicer if a dark shiny onyx colour.

  3. I must agree with YWP and EOG. I wouldn't go too casual in pairing it with jeans, as has become popular to pair velvet tuxes and such with jeans. The sheen of the jacket should be matched in a thick satiny silk tie that goes with the wide lapels. A loosely tucked silk pocket square is a must. And of course, bold socks to bring it all together.

    PS: I put some ties in the mail for you yesterday.

  4. Second on YWP, velvet with slant pockets and made in the USA?! Without a doubt that is an excellent score. I have velvet jackets in black, red, purple and navy and I wear them all regularly in the older months.