i know that most of my fellow southern hemisphereans are looking forward to spring and would rather not dwell on warm and woollies any longer. nonetheless, i thought I would post these pictures from the 'cahiers bleus' autumn-winter 1960-61 lookbook, which i was lucky enough to find hidden in a box of papers at an antique store a while back, before coat weather is well and truly over. i love the stately glamour of these oversized vintage coats. i adore the way the fabric falls voluminously from the middle of the back, and the tulip shape it forms as it tapers to skim the hips. i love the swingy flared hems, the bracelet length sleeves, chunky jeweled buttons and luxurious fur collars. when out and about in cold weather, opportunities to expose the outfit underneath one's coat seem rare. dressing for winter can feel so repetitive when you only have one or two coats in rotation, therefore an extensive collection of wonderful outerwear is essential! my plan is to have some of these lovely illustrations framed, but in the meantime, here they are to inspire you.