Every fall and spring, I find myself wishing I had another cape. Another, because I already own two.
One is a long charcoal wool number on the fancier side, so it’s not all that wearable day to day. And the other is perhaps what I should think of as my starter cape? Like, the cheap cape you buy when you’re just dipping your toe into the slightly silly fashion waters to see if you know how to swim? That. And figuratively, I can swim (because literally, I cannot), but I’m over this one from Target ten years ago.
They’re pretty easy to get away with in casual settings (good morning, fellow parents at school drop-off!) as long as you keep the outfit underneath simple.
The first is the Trench Cape from J. Crew, on sale and also available in navy. It was the basis for my gouache illustration, and it’s as subtle as a cape can be, really. Then we have the pretty Charlotte Cape, which is also on sale (clearance) and comes in two other colors. I wouldn’t pair red with red, but other than that, any of the shoes work with either cape: the Charlene oxford to tone things down, the Kitty flats if you’re feeling cheeky, or the Sloan plaid d’orsay flats for pretty shoes that aren’t too out there.
Do you have a cape? Do you wear it? Everyday superhero fashion is where it’s at.
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JoleneMarch 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm
I have the same Target cape as you. It was just passed down to me from a friend, so I am not tired of it just yet. But I do find that the weather has to be just right to get away with it. Not too cold, but you need something….
SarahMarch 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm
My seven year old daughter has been asking for a cape. (She’s much more fashionable than her jeans and t-shirt mother.) Are you aware of any girls’ capes?
Natalie StoneMarch 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm
I love cape! I’ve got a formal vintage one that I don’t wear often, but I’ve got a black one that I wear on the regular. I find them to be easier to wear (in terms of putting on) than most coats, and they always catch people’s eye. I just might have to spring for one of these you’ve mentioned…
Caitlin Dreger (@kkdreger)March 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Oh, go with the red one. I was given a red vintage 1960’s cape that I adore. It’s to my midcalf on my 5’2 frame so it makes such a statement when I wear it. It also has done double duty for a little red riding hood costume on Halloween. I love the idea of a shorter one also. Might have to get one of those!
Lianne Raymond (@Lianne_R)March 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm
I don’t know what classifies as a cape, but I have the Hendrix from Free People and I can’t imagine my life without it. (it seems you and I have quite different styles)
missmuchoMarch 31, 2016 at 12:22 am
These are beautiful I haven’t had much luck with J Crew shoes in the past though, they don’t hold up well. Hopefully these will! So pretty!
AntonellaMarch 31, 2016 at 6:37 am
Love your drawings!
Chelsea TMarch 31, 2016 at 11:40 am
I love the trench-styled cape! Beyond that, please keep including your illustrations in posts! So sweet, and so original.
MargaretMarch 31, 2016 at 3:47 pm
This may be a silly question, but is it hard to sling a purse over your shoulder with a cape (does lack of real sleeves make it slide off)? I love the idea of the trench cape, but do wonder if it would be workable with my bigger work purse.
JennyMarch 31, 2016 at 10:04 pm
I had a cape when I was about nine years old. I don’t remember what happened to it, but I’ve been missing it ever since! I think you’re inspiring me to buy one.
Heidi @StatelyKitschApril 2, 2016 at 8:10 am
I’ve been debating a cape for while. You inspired me to order one (the one on the right in blue)! Love the drawing.
raelenebApril 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm
Love that illustration!! In fact, it totally makes me wish I had that whole outfit ready to wear (including the fun red shoes – if, perhaps, sans kitty).
IamDWJApril 13, 2016 at 11:27 am
I am actually knitting myself a cape for spring with this crazy weather. I love the ones you picked and the shoes are fabulous!