When I hear cape, I think superhero. When I hear cloak, I think Harry Potter. Yet somehow I have started to grow a fondness for these jacket alternatives as the weather is getting colder. Capes were a big hit last winter, but have also made an appearance in a few runway shows for Fall collections. Which make capes and cloaks more than just a one-hit-trend, it seems to be that the capes are here to stay.
A Little History on Capes and Cloaks
People have been wearing capes and cloaks forever, well not actually forever, but capes were extremely popular in medieval Europe. The cape has had many resurgence in fashion, where it will appear and slip away just as quickly. Yet capes have several benefits for the wearer, aside from warmth. For one capes are perfect for dressier occasions, where you’re garment is something that you want to cover and not zip or button into a coat or a jacket. Outerwear, such as capes and cloaks are definitely investment pieces. When I purchase I coat I want to know that I can wear it for several seasons, so why not invest in a great statement piece, that looks good on you and makes you feel good.
Capes in Action!
I have found several capes and cloaks that are functional, fashionable and don’t look like you’re playing dress up.
This first cape is light but what it lacks in warmth, it makes up for with style. The navy blue, assures that this cape will fit into anyone’s wardrobe and can be styled in a variety of ways. In this set I chose to wear it with a dress and tights. I thought that matching the dresses to the brown color of the buttons and detail on the cape would give this outfit a put together look. Add gray tights, a pair of heeled oxfords, a locket, and of course a bow,and you’re ready to go!