I didn’t intentionally set out to invest in the cape this winter, but by pure chance, it has become my winter essential. It all started with Pinterest and Instagram. First of all I came across fashion blogger, Jacey Duprie, aka Damsel In Dior, wearing a simple but beautiful black cape (pictured, top right), and then this stunning horse-embroidered cape from Polish designer, La Mania (below).
I fell in love with the La Mania cape as soon as I saw it, but although it was a ‘special order’, it was only available up to a size 12. While it’s often easy to get away with a cape slightly smaller than your usual size, it was too much of a risk, as it was expensive and I would want to wear winter knits underneath it.
By now, however, I had the cape bug. This was back in August and there wasn’t a huge amount of choice, but I still managed to fine the perfect one straight away. It cost me a fortune, but this season the cape isn’t just something that you throw on over a cocktail dress in the evening, it’s a winter coat.
What I love about this Stella McCartney cape is that it’s black (simple and classic), it’s the perfect length for both dresses and trousers (it sits just above the knee), it has slightly padded shoulders which gives the most beautiful shape, and is 75% wool so it’s incredibly warm. Just like fashion blogger, Laura Fantacci of Wearing It Today, I decided that I was not going to buy cheap winter coats anymore, but invest in a more expensive one that will last me several years.
Stella McCartney Black Wool Cape, £975
However, my cape obsession didn’t stop there. I came across a beautiful handmade cape at the famous Brocante du Jas Des Roberts, the most incredible flea market between St Tropez and Grimaud, back in the summer when we were on holiday. I tried walking away from it, but couldn’t get it out of my head. Having left the house without my wallet (what was I thinking?), I managed to persuade my long-suffering husband to lend me the $70. When I got home I had the lining replaced by my local tailor, and now it looks as though it cost five times the price.
As I’m clearly not the only one obsessed with capes this winter, there are now plenty out there to choose from. Zara have several from black to caramel, as do H&M and Reiss. If you prefer something one-off and vintage, Lovely’s Vintage Emporium, is constantly updating their stock of vintage capes, ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s.
I have never been so desperate for winter to kick in, so that I can finally wear my capes that are currently still sitting in their boxes!
1. Alice + Olivia Trisha Leather Trimmed Cape, £420
2. Zara Metallic Button Cape, £89.99
3. Talitha Embroidered Silk Cape, £1,380
4. Michael Michael Kors Faux Fur Cape, £275
5. H&M Textured Cape, £24.99
6. Zara Hand Made Cape, £89.99