Clothes of the Seventies, Maxi and Midi Coats

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Description: There were coats in the 70's called maxi and midi coats. They were usually wool winter coats. The maxi coat was like the maxi dress long and to the floor. The midi coat usually was a couple of inches below the knee. Not many girls had them; I was 1 of 3 girls in my 5th grade class who was lucky enough to have a maxi coat.
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Melody - December 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Okay,I had the best "maxi"/"mini coat . It had a zipper so you could go either way! You could remove the bottom and make it shorter and put the bottom back on when you were wearing an ankle length"granny dress".
teresa - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
i had a purple crush velvet maxi coat that zippered of at the knees into a short coat. if any one knows where i can buy one please contact me. thanks.
Wish I saved it! - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a great "midi-coat" in the 70's - blue plaid with gold buttons, trimmed in "fur" along the bottom and sleeves! I wish they would make them today - they were pretty cool.
Jules Pahl - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
The Maxi coat sometimes had a soft tie belt but usually had a high waisted (hard- plastic- covered with the material of the coat wide 2+" belt)with belt loops and a big buckle in front-- This actually accentuated the long length of the coat-- and it looked really cool with big high platform shoes and a mini skirt underneathe- when you walked a glimpse of leg would come out! Tres chic and sexy in the 70's! My MAXIcoat was plaid!!
beth - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
i had a GREAT brown plaid maxi coat, empire waist. my mom and my aunt made it for me. i lived in the midwest at the time. if anyone has this coat, it's from illinois, please let me know, i'd LOVE to have it again. can't imagine i actually got rid of it !
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Maggie - April 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I need a picture of the mini, midi, maxi all in one coat...does anyone have one? please.
Lindy - September 21, 2011 - Report this comment
My sister both had maxi coats. My mom bought them from JC Penney and each one cost $40.00 which was a lot of money back in the 70s.
Jude - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Back in 1972 I had a maxi coat - grey herringbone tweed, double breasted (6 buttons I think), and with huge lapels! I used to wear it over everything - minis, maxis or (flared) jeans - with a floppy wide brimmed black felt hat and a super-long hand-knitted white scarf!
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diane - November 30, 2014 - Report this comment
God I wish they would bring these coats back, I would buy one in a minute, love those . I had one that was a maxie coat and uyou can zipper the other half off for the midie. Please someone bring these coats back kept you so warm.
Rob Lambert - September 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Found two Archie comic books with stories about Midi and maxi coats from 1970. First, Archie and Reggie find themselves forced to wear Betty and Veronica's maxi coats when their clothes get stolen in gym class. Second, on a camping trip, Betty and veronica store food in their maxi coats, as they, Archie and Jughead get stranded when Archie's car breaks down. Funny!
Rob Lambert - September 15, 2015 - Report this comment
A follow-up on my previous comment: I didn't see a category for Midi Dress, so I'll post this here. The cover gag from the Oct., 1970 issue of Archie's Jokes comic book has Betty and Veronica (both wearing midi dresses) confronting Archie with the question: "Whose Midi do you like better?" in a classic triangle scene. Going back to previous comments on maxi coats, the comic book stories usually began with the boys ridiculing the girls (especially when Betty trips with her foot suck inside coat), then getting into humbling situations where maxi coats actually solved their problems. When Principal Weatherbee sees the boys in maxi coats, he assumes it's another crazy teen fad!
Jan Griffiths - August 01, 2017 - Report this comment
I had a maxi coat when I still lived in Michigan. It was black, and was just the thing to keep the winter chill at bay. When we moved to Arizona in 1970, I gave it to my best friend.
Clare - September 21, 2019 - Report this comment
I had a solid brown maxi coat, that unzipped to make it a midi,and thank God it did! because in those days girls carried their textbooks like cradling a baby( no backpacks used,at least none in Milwaukee,Wisconsin)I took two different public buses to get to my middle school and after falling on my face climbing onto the bus with books cradled for over a week(and bus drivers snickering or cheering me on)I finally zipped that wonderful maxicoat off to make it a midi and never looked back! LOL

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