Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bring Back the Matching Coats and Hats!

Gone seem to be the days of children's matching coats and hats.  The ones that our mothers made us wear, even when we obviously grew out of them.  As a child, I never understood the reason for that, other than to purposely make us look silly.  ;)
Now, of course, I understand that these outfits cost a pretty penny, and our mothers were just trying to eek out the very last day of wear, before the item was either passed down to another family member, or donated to some needy soul. 

Back in the 1960's, little girls like myself could be seen walking all over the towns and cities sporting these ensembles.  We were a dime a dozen!  Now, I do a double take when I spy one today. 

Clothes were well made back then, of quality materials.  Made in the U.S.A for the most part.  Purchased in shops downtown or on our main streets, in locally owned children's shops.  A time when there still existed shoe stores, dedicated to selling just children's shoes.  Where shoes were displayed in the window, and shoe clerks would not only measure your shoe size, but would put on and tie the shoes.  You would stand up, and he would feel for the tip of your big toe, to make sure it was a proper fit.  I miss all that pampering.  :) 
I have lived in many places over the last few decades, and sadly those places are very scarce.  Anyway, not to worry, I still have photographs and memories to take me back to the good old days!  (Photographs taken of my brother and I by my father, in 1966)  Do you remember having any matching coats and hats when you were young?


  1. Hi Maureen,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog and for becoming a follower! I have been browsing through your blog the last 15 minutes and really like it. All those old photographs of your family, the hairstyles the clothes :-)We must be around the same age, because although living in Holland, I wore exactly the same things!

    Happy Sunday to you and your family!


  2. Oh yes, I remember the matching outfits! Good post.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. I do remember.. however.. I have so few photos..if any.. look at lucky you are to have these wonderful memories.. I smile every time I see a post of yours appear..I just can't wait to see the pics..:) Your words are so spot on too.
    Have a great day.

  4. Oh my days!
    When I was a little girl in the late 70's I had a fake fur collared coat with matching muff and hat.....yikes!
    I'm assured I looked adorable....but I find it hard to imagine!


  5. Cute photos of you and your brother :)
    I think matching hats and coats would be fun!
    Thanks for visiting me!

  6. Ohhh so cute!!! I was a little girl in the late 40s - we definitely had matching coats and hats, though I have no pictures.

  7. Remember those little stiff black and white corrective shoes? I wonder if they worked and why no one uses them anymore... XOL

  8. Oh, I just LOVED this, Maureen! So many similar memories for me, too...I remember going to the Buster Brown shoe stores...would take us all afternoon for all of us to get our new "school shoes" and "Sunday shoes"! I remember the feel & look of the shiny, black patent leather Mary Janes...oh, I miss those!

    So glad your father took all of these priceless photos...we're both very lucky, aren't we?

    To answer your question on my post--I'm not sure who took those photos of guess would be my grandfather (the one mentioned in the post)...he loved photography, so I'll bet it was.

    Wishing you a beautiful, restful Sunday, dear friend!


  9. Love the pictures and a great post. Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you and your family have a great Thanksgiving Pat.

  10. My sister and I had matching coat sets in the 1930s-40s and then I had them for my daughter who was born in 1954. I don't remember having them for the daughter born in 1970.

    As always, love the pictures.

  11. Hi Maureen,

    Not coats, but dresses. My mother sew matching dresses for me and my sister all the time. I think she kept them.. I have to ask her!

    Have a nice day,

  12. I don't remember a whole heck of a lot about my childhood. Even with pictures, I don't think I could remember as much as you do about your past. Wonder why mine is a big black hole for the most part? I do remember every other winter, we would go up North to visit my mom's family -- OH and MI. Surely I had a coat for those trips. Though I can remember many a Christmases in Louisiana when I was still wearing shorts. :/ Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

  13. I remember a navy blue and white coat set passed down to me by my older sister and passed from me to my younger sister. In the girl department my mom usually got her money's worth. For shoes we would visit the Red Goose shoe store, where if you were good you could pull on the goose's neck and she would lay you an egg with a prize inside.
    Happy thanksgiving

  14. Hi Maureen,

    Lovely post you have shared today and you look so cute in your coat and hat ensemble.
    I remember my favourite coat, it was a pretty pale pink and my sister had a blue one. Must see if I have any photos of it.
    Oh yes, going for a new pair of shoes was a real treat with the measuring and having the sales assistant fussing over you.

    Happy week

  15. I adore these! I hunted high and low for a set like this for my daughter when she was little - think maybe I got it at Lord & Taylor and probably paid way too much - but every time I see the pictures we took of her in it, I think it was worth every penny. She literally stopped people in their tracks when she wore it. Bring them back, for sure!

  16. Oh my goodness! A flood of memories just came back! My favorite ones were blue. I would love to see them back in style...and I need a granddaughter to wear them! I have grandsons! lol Happy Thanksgiving!...hugs...Debbie

  17. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Those are such cute pix of you guys! I never had a hat to match my coats but I agree that the quality of things made in those days- was much better!

    Sandy xo

  18. You and your brother look so adorable!
    You are fortunate to have these great photos.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I'm looking forward to visiting your place again!

  19. So these matching hats and coats. xoxoox You are adorable. xoxox


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