Sunday, November 08, 2009

Things I found at my grandmother's house, Part IV

I've previously posted pictures and descriptions of unusual items I've discovered while living at my grandmother's house. The latest object is something with which I am quite enthralled...vintage outerwear! I saw this hanging in a closet, and at first glance, I thought it was a coat. However, upon further inspection, I realized that a coat it is not. I don't know exactly what it is. I started calling it a poncho-cape (in my head, at least) but when I described it to a coworker, he thought that it perhaps it was a cloak. Time for a game of Name This Outergarment! It doesn't have sleeves per se, but it will cover your arms. It opens and closes with a row of buttons along the left shoulder blade. It has two slits in the front and a long flap with pockets. It is made of wool, comes from Ireland, and looks to be at least 30 years old. Here's a picture of the poncho-cape/cloak and one of me modeling it.
I actually really like it, so don't be surprised if you spot me roaming the streets of Boston in a cloak this winter. I'm still holding out hope that it bestows special powers on all those who wear it.

13 comments:

Kris said...

I'd call that a cloak. Also, I LOVE IT. It really suits you!

S said...

Love it! And with those boots! Very cute.

Christopher said...

Egad! You have stumbled upon the long lost great grandmother of the Snuggie!!

Eri said...

That is amazing. Is it itchy? It looks like it could be.

mj said...

Love it!

eileen said...

Ha! It is sort of Snuggie-esque, in that they are both essentially blankets you can wear. It isn't itchy, though- it has a satiny lining on the inside.

Megr said...

I love it. That is totally back in style. LOL!

tobeannounced said...

I think it's adorable! Score one for Grandma's house

jay said...

I'm going with a cloak too, although the real question is.. does it feel a little wrong going thru gramma's stuff? :)

Caro said...

In Colombia we called "Ruana", that one looks great, even better with the boots

Suldog said...

That is so seriously late 60's - early 70's. My Mom had one similar, as I recall.

Lauren said...

I love it! I have a gray one that is similar. But I love the vintage plaid. I'd call it a cape. But cloak is good, too.

Anonymous said...

Love it!!!