1950s Design influenced Swing Coat inspired by the BBC period drama, ‘Call the Midwife’
Swing Coat in Navy and Cream with Applique design detailing in sizes UK12 – UK26.
The Swing Coat, a 1950s inspired design for 2016, suitable as both smart formal and smart casual wear.
I love all the retro fashion trends that have been at the forefront of British Fashion for the past couple of years. Certainly the popularity of ITV and BBC period dramas has done wonders to introduce younger audiences to the charm and grace of ladies fashions from bygone eras.
In the UK we have had 3 major and very successful period dramas showcasing wonderful design – Mr Selfridge (early 1900s), Downton Abbey (1912 – 1925) and Call the Midwife (1950s).
What I love about fashion is that looks never get tired, they just get updated. This is certainly true in the modern treatment of this 1950s design inspired coat. Design is never static, it influences whilst modernising’.
Above I am pictured wearing the Darling Cristina coat from JD Williams. This style of coat was very much the must have coat for the 1950s ‘girl about town’. I’ve had a lot of fun styling this look this week. I’ve been influenced by the BBC drama ‘Call the Midwife’ and have gone all out with the 1950s hair do (with the soft rolls and curls) and the make-up (not something I usually do on any of my blog postings). I’ve taken the character of Shelagh Turner (Dr Turner’s wife) as my lead to style the look.
This coat however has been updated for the present day with the rich applique leaf design detailing on the sleeves and front panels of the coat. Whilst I’ve styled for the 1950s this coat will also look great worn with current season smart blouses and pencil skirts and dresses for a more formal day wear look, whilst also looking particularly good worn with smarter cut jeans for a bistro, smart casual look.
I am 5’9″ tall and size UK18. The coat is true to fit. Due to the nature of the wider cut (Swing Coat style) I think that ladies with larger busts will also be able to wear this look successfully. It is also single breasted which is also a slimming feature.
The coat is 74cm in length from shoulder to hemline. As you can gauge from the photo it is practically a ‘half coat’ in length making it ideal to also hide larger hips and thicker middles.
Have a look at the video below to see close up details of the coat and to hear what I have to say about it.
Until next time. Diane xxx