What I wore today:
*Late-1930s belted back jacket
*Modern 'fitted' Van Heusen shirt
*Modern Bostonian spectators
*Modern Stetson Open Road panama
*Marigold in the lapel buttonhole
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The above photo shows the belted back to advantage.
This is quite the jacket. It is new to me as I bought it several days ago. After a quick restitching and pressing it was in wearable condition. I bought it for what I consider a very good price considering the demand for vintage clothing is on the rise.
This jacket has a 1936 union tag, indicating that it was made sometime between 1936 and 1939, the date when the next style of union tag came into use.
I believe the material to be worsted wool. The material is all round dark blue but there is a woven glen plaid pattern. I've been able to capture this pattern in a few of the pictures below. The pattern is quite delicate and difficult to see even in person.
Note the very angled breast pocket, a common feature of 1930s jackets.
The belted back with pleats. Belted backs were common in the 1930s and came back into style for a short time in the early 1970s, though they were not done as well as in the 1930s. The belted back, one of my favorite back treatments, is a stylistic piece and is in no way utilitarian. It helped give the wearer the appearance of a pinched waist and this, combined with action backs and pleats as shown below, allowed the wearer to move more freely. High armholes are also important in that equation.
A closer view of the pleats and belted back. The woven pattern is also visible in this view.