This gorgeous 1944 photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe of a Vera Maxwell Original is brilliant in so many ways! I’ll write a proper post on the magnificently talented Ms. Dahl-Wolfe later on- she more than deserves it! Right now let’s focus on Vera Maxwell’s clever design detail- the contrasting facing. Here it adds instant panache to a simple coat.
You can easily replicate the effect and update a winter coat you’ve grown a bit weary of by replacing (or having your tailor replace) the facing with a contrasting fabric. It’s such a simple concept that significantly ups the style quotient. Plus, it’ll be far less costly than buying a whole new coat and will make your coat distinctively yours.
Ms. Maxwell really embraced the idea that garments should be every bit as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside. On the suit above, rickrack makes the front lining sing! Give it a try and breath new life into old favorite. And I promise that the next jacket I make will have a dramatic lining.