Do you already own a cape? Is it practicable? Is it worth buying? How should it be styled? You will know everything you need about capes after having read this post.
I read in the German Glamour of January that capes are now totally in. I think that this trend is not really new. A good friend of mine was already wearing a cape in spring 2013. But German magazines are sometimes a little bit late when it comes to fashion trends… Anyway, seeing this page gave me the idea to try this trend and reminded me of the cape I saw in a Comptoir des Cotonniers store in New York last fall. I searched for it online and found it…on sale! Three clicks and a couple of days later, I received it at home.
Is a cape really worth buying?
A cape is not a must-have and it is not the first coat I would recommend buying for your business wardrobe. But if you already have some classic coats in your closet, you may like to get something new.
Like I just wrote, a cape is not a must-have and I did not really need it at the beginning of the season. So no point for me to pay the full price, I have been waiting for sales. It is a classic piece that I will not wear every day, but when I’m looking for something special in my wardrobe, and when I am in the mood for following the rules of the cape-look, I will be happy to have it.
The shape is original enough, that is why I chose a basic neutral color: black. I wanted a cape with structure, and very elegant. It has something of a trench coat. The hood can be removed for a different look. It also offers a lot of styling possibilities. For that reason, I think a cape is totally worth buying if you choose it well.
How to wear a black cape?
Of course, I did my research! Those are the tips you’ll find in every blog post or video about capes.
- You have to wear your cape with skinny jeans or short skirt or pants.
- You can choose heels, over knee boots (with heels or flat) or sneakers, depending on the look you want to achieve with your cape. But if you are « petite » I would recommend heels.
- You cannot go for a shopper or every bag you usually wear on your shoulder because it would look ugly under your cape. Go for a clutch, a handbag or a shoulder bag with a long strap.
- Some long gloves are the ideal accessory for a cape. Especially if do not want to freeze.
That’s a lot of rules, but the reward will be a fresh look, that has not been seen that much on the street yet.
How does a black cape look like in real life?
Check out this outfit post featuring my black cape to get this question answered. It is an office-appropriate outfit.