1970s Fashion Pictures
1974 Fashion Plates of Women's Coats
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Images from 1970s Pattern Fashion History
1974 Fashion History -
Design Pictures of 1974 Women's Coats
This set of pages looks at costume history pictures fashion designs from 1974. The
costume pictures of women's coats
in the main chart all enlarge to A4 size when clicked. You can see
more fashion images of mid 1970s fashion skirts and suits on the
1974 fashion image page.
In the 1974 costume history images below you can see a variety of coat styles typical of the mid
1970s. These images reflect classic clothes of the era
and were probably directed at woman of 25+. At the same time fashion
history had many
hippy influences in dress. However although the 1970s is often
depicted as a hippy fashion era the truth is that in many conventional
circumstances many people had to wear what was
considered conventional dress to work. More outlandish hippy looks were often kept for out of
office hours, travelling and holidays. These fashion designs of 1974 women's coats
are typical of garments worn in daily
professional life at work, although the hats were less likely to be worn unless
it was very cold.
Ladies and girls still wore coats both summer and winter. Women would generally own
both a winter coat and also a summer coat for cooler evenings. Shorter
reefer jackets, car coats, suede or leather jackets, denim or swing jersey jackets had
grown in popularity as more casual wear became usual. By the late 70s
shorter quilted padded jackets were an acceptable alternative to a tailored coat
as car use increased.
1970s Fashion History - Fashion Designs Coats of 1974
The thumbnail pictures in this
main chart all enlarge to A4 size when clicked.
The four coats above are all double breasted, but show the variety
within this phase. The coats are all worn on or just above
In the late 1960s, early 1970s many women's coats had featured yoke styling
such as this yellow coat shows far left. Interesting collar shapes
abounded and many collars had elongated points or shaped contours.
Matching/coordinating dresses and jackets were still worn, but these
lost ground by the 1980s.
Large Russian style fur hats as
shown in the third image above became desirable and were often
Afghan embroidered and fur trimmed Hippy suede coats of the same 70s
For me a far more representative, but
one-off coat of the mood of the fashion era, is the 1976 picture
coat by John Jones called Akhnaton (right) and you can
read about here in detail.
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