When Easter Meant a Spring Coat

I’m giving away my age, which doesn’t bother me in the least, but I remember when Easter meant getting a new spring coat. A spring coat was designed expressly for the winds of March and April — and for Easter Sunday.

It was an A-line coat made of cloth, unlike a winter coat, which was made of wool. Spring coats came in pastel colors and were lined with the same shiny lining used for winter coats, but the lining in spring coats was pastel-colored, too. Sometimes, spring coats were made of a slightly nubby fabric and sometimes they were very smooth.

My mother saw my spring coat as a necessity, but, to me, it was one of the great luxuries of my childhood. Owning something so pretty, something I wore only once a week, and only for a short season — until summer came and it was too warm for any coat — seemed too much amazing grace to be happening to a wretch like me.

The ultimate in spring-coat luxury was mother-daughter spring coats. One of my aunts was an expert seamstress and one year, when I was about seven, she made matching spring coats for my mother and me. They were pale green. I’ll never forget how beautiful and special I felt wearing that coat and standing next to my mother, who at that time was my definition of grace, beauty, and sophistication. (Actually, she still is.)

Spring coats went with Easter bonnets and white patent-leather Mary Janes and little pocketbooks and anklets with white lace on the top edge and a new Easter dress. It was a wonderful time to be a little girl.

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring — to all of you!


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    Karen said,

    Thanks – and to you, too!

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    Dakotagirl said,

    I remember shopping for Easter dresses with my mom. One Easter when I was around 5 or 6, she bought me a petticoat that was inflatable. I am not kidding, it had the tube on it and she blew it up. I have never heard of another one since then. This was around 1960.


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    sunnymama said,

    Love the illustration! Happy Spring to you too 🙂

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