I am so down for a cape. It’s romantic, a little whimsical, and gives a quick nod to the 1800’s. To keep the look rooted in this century, make sure your cape is on the short side (hip-length is a good gauge), and maybe has a modern touch (like an asymmetrical zipper or some leather piping). A few options to consider:
1. Via Spiga Zippered Asymmetrical cape ($175)
2. Halogen Wool Blend cape ($148)
3. Burberry Collette cape ($595)
4. Aryn K Tie-Front cape ($98)
5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren cape ($150)
6. Tarnish Eyelet Poncho ($78)
A black cape is a perfect way to kick this trend off— a great black coat will get you through many, many winters. Consider one with an asymmetrical zipper and a prim high collar (1), or perhaps you take your black with cool military embellishments (5).
If tartan is your thing (and it should be), go get this Aryn K cape right now (4). (Do you see that price point? Super affordable.) Done in deep neutrals, you can wear this with everything. A cape with an over-sized collar, leather piping and soft tan wool (2) pretty much guarantees you will win any sort of Coat Contest in the foreseeable future. Doesn’t this scream English Countryside 2011 to you? The Anglophile in me is itching to purchase it.
Maybe you’re on the cape fence; you maybe-sorta dig it but aren’t ready to commit. Consider the Diet Coke of capes: the poncho. A heather gray poncho (6) would be so chic with leggings and black riding boots, don’t you think? And I’m in the camp that thinks Burberry can really do no wrong, so I would sell a non-essential organ for this gorgeous camel-colored poncho (3).
I’m fighting my inner shopaholic, who’s trying to convince me that I need all of these. Which is your favorite?