Some common features of vintage jackets include unique buttons with fine details often made from exotic materials, such as bone, tortoise shell, mother-of-pearl and ivory, and richly textured fabrics, such as tweed and wool woven into classic herringbone and hound's-tooth patterns.
Vintage jackets often have quality linings of silk, wool or shearling, with fully lined sleeves and pockets. The details of a vintage Chanel jacket from the 1950s are characteristic of quality vintage jackets of the time. The jacket features buttons stamped with the designer’s logo, fully lined pockets and the designer’s label hand-sewn into the lining. The fabric is thick wool woven to give it a coarse texture. The jacket also has a chain sewn into the hem that serves as a weight so the jacket hangs properly when worn.