I can’t stop dreaming of capes.
I was stuck on a busy tube like a sardine wedged in a tin can. How anyone can look even the slightest bit sophisticated in this scenario is beyond me, it’s crowded, noisy and underground, but one woman did.
She was draped in a beautiful wool cape, falling down over her back and covering her arms, which were hidden in the concealed “sleeves”. Before I had a chance to compliment her, she had dashed off into the city blur.
I adore capes. Their sleek shape and easy-to-wear nature make them an ideal layer for the current cool, but not icy breeze temperatures. I haven’t been able to get on board with the latest trend of coats hanging off the back of the shoulders, it seems pointless and having tried it, I spent most of the time pulling it forwards and trying to keep it on.
Capes give the loose, effortless look minus some of the impracticality.
Why Not Style With Everything?
Capulets, not the Romeo and Juliet kind, are the capes’ little sister. Slightly more cropped in length, they’re incredible with high-waisted pieces and lighter tops. Also brilliant additions for evening, especially the little faux fur numbers.
Both of their seamless styles slip perfectly onto most outfits. My go-to is trousers and a contrast turtleneck and especially a white one with a black cape. Monochrome magic I say. I love how the neck and sleeves pop out and add another dimension.
Worried about the handbag? Vicki wears her crossbody bag underneath. Capes take a little getting used to but once you do they are a smart alternative to a classic coat. Some days it’s all about the weather but sometimes it’s a glorious chance to think about style not dreary weather.
Cosy up in a cape or capulet, you won’t regret it.
Capes + Capulets
images, valentino, david baile, 2015