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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