How to wear a cape...




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.

Are you daunted by capes or are you a fan? Would you have chosen one of the other styles? Do let me know what you think!



Disclosure: I was sent the cape by Lands' End as a review item and I was commissioned to contribute to the Lands’ End outerwear guide.

14 comments:

  1. That drawing of you is so incredible - wowww!

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  2. I nearly brought a cape on the weekend, like you I wasn't 100% on how it would look. Having slept on it the next day I decided to purchase and found it had been sold! I was disappointed so now need to find something similar. I think they can be a very versatile garment.

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  3. I love capes on other people but fail at wearing them myself, you look wonderful x

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  4. You look lovely in this! I used to have something like this and I have no idea where that went. Your photo's are so pretty! x

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  5. I adore you in this. It looks so perfect with that bag!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  6. Utterly gorgeous. You look really sassy in that cape. Love it!

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  7. What beautiful photos! You look so classy, miss! And holy shit that bag is seriously AMAZIN'. Love the medieval reference, I'm totally sold on capes now haha :)

    http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

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  8. Lovely post :) I adore it, it looks amazing and I really want to buy it now (hides purse- i MUST NOT!)
    XXX

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    1. love the illustration! I'm always worried then will make me look huge or like a witch or a huge witch but I might have to give one a go x

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  9. The cape definitely looks great on you. I had a cape when I was little and it was such FUN to wear!

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  10. I love the picture and the cape! But the picture more! Exciting!

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  11. You look lovely, I have never found a cape that suits me but this could be the one!

    Maria xxx

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  12. I love this. I don't know if I could pull off the cape look even though I love it :)
    LaceyLoves

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  13. I bought the most beautiful vintage, green wool cape this weekend in Amsterdam, complete with tweed lining! I am in love & less intimidated by the thought of what to pair it with thanks to yr post (:
    x

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