>Jackets and Rainwear- Fall/Winter 1938-40

>How’s the weather holding out where you are?  It’s been just a little nippy here, but I admit I can’t wait for the rain! I hope we get more! Here are some lovely jackets and coats from Fall and Winter 1939-1940 that might inspire you for your winter wardrobe.


I particularly love the jackets at the top. I actually have two in my vintage wardrobe and have a picture of one- though I paired it with a mix match of different 30s pieces and don’t have the head to toe accurate look going on.  The cut is so nice on these jackets and I love the little pleated (or darted) shoulders and the stripes and plaids!  The look seems to have been most prevalent from 1938-early 1941.  Both that I have are a rougher weave- like a tweed- with a bit of fleck in the fabric.  They’re getting harder to find, but you could always try your hand at making one.  This pattern from Past Patterns (which actually probably dates from late 1937-1939) would get you the look. There’s also a few original vintage patterns around the internet for sale right now.  Try here and here.
You could also get a similar look from jackets made in the 1970s. I’ve seen many in thrift stores that would pass if you changed out the buttons for more vintage ones!

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8 thoughts on “>Jackets and Rainwear- Fall/Winter 1938-40

  1. >How cute are you?I am missing San Diego so much today I could cry. Our highs are in the mid 30s today, rain and possibly some snow expected starting in the late afternoon. I'll take the bottom right hand corner coat in the lovely checked pattern. And maybe a down parka over it. Brr!

  2. >I love your jacket–the colors are so pretty.Those big, 30s raincoats always make me drool. I just love the styling and the fabrics!♥ Casey | blog

  3. >Here in Norway its a little too cold for my 40s jacket, so I'm looking forward to more spring like temperatures ;) Thanks for the pattern links!Miss Mmissmargaritas.blogspot.com/

  4. >Thanks, Gals! :)We don't get much snow or rain here- mostly just dry cold- I know we have it pretty easy compared with elsewhere but I guess that's why I like the rain and want to visit the snow!