Have you seen the movie Atomic Blond? If not, you need to watch it. Not necessarily for the plot which I found a bit weak and hard to follow at times but for the super badass Chalize Theron kicking everyone’s butt while dressed like a rock star. Oh…and the soundtrack is pretty sweet too.
Charlize wears eleven different coats in that movie. I’m featuring five of them here.
The film takes place in 1989 and I’ll be honest, I don’t remember 1989 looking that good. In fact you could wear every single outfit from that film today and be right on trend. Thus is the power of vintage.
1. The first coat we see in the film left a huge impression on me.
It was this white custom-made vinyl raincoat by John Galliano.
This photo doesn’t do it justice. It is so far beyond any raincoat I’ve ever seen. I became
slightly totally obsessed with that coat. (More on that later.)
Next we move onto a classic trench.
2. A traditional yet oh-so-damn-cool trench coat and those vintage glasses that are trending again right now.
Another tried and true classic winter coat.
3. A vintage 1980s extra long wool double breasted coat. Check out the over-the-knee boots! They are everywhere right now. What goes around comes around folks.
Timeless with a totally impractical twist.
4. This shot is from one of the many fantastic fight scenes in the movie all performed while wearing a classic white wool coat. I’m sure they had many duplicates of this coat as it would have been very messed up by the end of the scene.
How about some designer vintage?
5. We don’t see much colour in the film up until the end where Charlize dons a vintage Dior coat in red. Talk about eye popping vintage fashion porn. This woman really knows how to wear clothes.
From the moment I saw the movie I was on a mission to find some of the same pieces while thrifting and add them to my Etsy shop.
I spotted quite a few in the long wool coat category.
Long double breasted blazer style menswear inspired winter coat in taupe. Size small/medium.
You need to see the back of this coat to truly appreciate the craftsmanship.
I haven’t had a chance to photograph myself wearing it. Good thing because I’d probably want to keep it.
This is a classic London Fog trench coat but in a bold pink statement colour. Just the way I like it!
I’ve got quite the personal collection of leather trench coats as I’m crazy about them.
Yes, those are tears falling on my keyboard.
This coat is a classic blazer cut with a single row of buttons. It is of course the gorgeous multicoloured plaid that really caught my eye. Size XS/S, thus why I’m not able to keep it. Otherwise this coat is a beauty!
I’ve got quite a few more coats listed that you can see in my vintage Etsy store here.
Remember how I said I’d get back to my obsession with the vinyl trench coat?
I had no luck at all trying to thrift anything remotely like it. I did however find an Etsy seller Ruslana Roman based in Russia that makes vinyl rain coats. I know! Can you believe it? They are made to order so I was able to choose the colour I wanted. After much debate I narrowed it down to either blue or purple and finally chose the blue.
Here she is in all her glory!
Can I just say how crazy I am about this coat? It is stunning! Every time I’ve worn it I get loads of compliments.
This coat does make me feel like I could kick some butt.
This is the first time I’ve had anything custom made since I was in my late teens.
Back then I hired a girlfriend to make a dress for me for New Year’s Eve. She was supposed to be a talented seamstress. I wanted the dress to be “all that” to show an ex what he was missing out on. It was a sheath dress in teal with spaghetti straps whose sole mission was to make me look like Marilyn Monroe. It was “none of that”. The fit was off. It was baggy where it should have fit like a glove. I wore it nonetheless because I felt at the time that I’d dropped some big cash on it however I never wore it again afterwards and considered it to be a waste of money.
Did I get the man back? Ha ha! Of course! But that is another story entirely my friends.
This experience of having a custom piece made was so much better!
There was quite a bit of delay receiving the coat due to my choice of colour as he had to order in the blue. When it finally arrived though I was more than pleased. It fits perfectly, has a gorgeous lining and a very unique beautifully designed cut. I love it!
I took more photos of some of my favourite coats and will have another posts coming soon featuring them. In the meantime you may want to see some of my other vintage leather pieces I have in my collection.
Have you ever had something custom made? Did it turn out as you expected?
Linking up with the lovely Patti over at Visible Monday.