I was asked by Lands' End, along with four other lovely bloggers, to wear and photograph a key piece from their Autumn/Winter collection and give my take on the style for their AW Outerwear Style Guide.
I was sent this beautiful, cleverly reversible, cape which I paired with a simple black Hobbs dress, suede Bertie wedge boots and a vintage mini check holdall- the only sort of bag that works in a cape with no armholes. Now, I love a good cape, but they do terrify me. All that material! I think the key is to tone it done and keep everything else simple. I wore it for a walk around Primrose Hill and to the cinema- it was lovely to snuggle up in when the dreaded cinema-chill creeped up on me!
Here's what I said about the style:
Worn since medieval times and with a surge in popularity over the last few years, the cape has certainly proved it's longevity. The silhouette a cape creates is a familar one and although some are daunted by swathes of unstructured fabric, paired with the right items, the cape can be a versatile piece in your autumn/winter arsenal.
Firstly, I would suggest finding one that's the correct length- don't let it swamp you. Also, choosing one in classic tones and fabric means that you'll be able to wear more varied outfits underneath. Because of the traditional, almost theatrical, shape I like to keep it simple and dress it down with a pair of jeans and black leather boots. I, for one, am glad they've stuck around. There is nothing nicer than going for a wintry walk, wrapped up warm in a cape and gloves!
Land's End also commissioned this amazing illustration by Natalie Lines which was a fantastic surprise. From left to right: Me, Amanda, Kat, Jen and Rachel.