Friday, November 16, 2012

Frock Fridays: Caped Crusaders

A few weekends ago, I told my sister that Mom is making me a cape.  Here's her response:


But, actually, capes are supercool.  Mom made herself one last winter, and I got tons o' compliments when I borrowed it the other day.  And tell me that I'm not jumping on an awesome bandwagon after you've checked out these trendsetters - one, two, and three.

So, last weekend, Mom and I went to G Street Fabrics and picked out a gorgeous navy wool/cashmere blend to use for my cape; we also looked at buttons and trim, but we'll decide about the specifics later.  I really like double-breasted gold buttons in a kind of military style (maybe like this one) but researching options is so much fun!  Here are a few of my favorites...
caped crusaders

[ classic / minimalist / peacoat / sweater / luxury / ruffled ]

What do you think, dear readers?  Have you ever worn a cape?  How can I pull it off without looking like I'm in costume?  And which style do you like best?  Any and all advice very much appreciated!

28 comments:

  1. I think a cape sounds like a fantastic idea! Love the minimalist look :)


    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. LOL I'm dying at your sisters comment. It reminds me of when my friends make fun of me for what I wear (my best friend said my oxford shoes looked like I was going tap dancing with grandma........)

    In love with the peacoat cape!!! And the color of it!

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  3. I know I absolusutely would not be able to pull it off, I don't think it would suit my body shape. BUT whenever I see someone wearing one, I always think it looks super stylish, I think it will look great! I like the peacoat one, very similar to this Blair Waldorf one http://pinterest.com/pin/101401429080223497/ Love it.

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  4. ah now that's one trend I know I'hd have trouble with!

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  5. oh man that's GORGEOUS! I think that a lot of the fit issues have to do with where the hem hits?

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  6. i wish i could pull off a cape. so i can't wait to see what it looks like!!

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  7. let's be honest. Sarah was right. it's really just that I always wanted to be an American girl doll.

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  8. Her Late Night CravingsNovember 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Your sister is too funny! But we do love capes! Can't wait to see what your mom makes for you. :-)

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  9. I agree, need to not feel drowned!

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  10. CAPES ARE COOL. Especially in tweed. End of message.

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  11. why thank you! clearly she's not as trendy as we are :)

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  12. LOVE that sweater cape! I adoree them on other people, I just still think I look too silly in them!

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  13. I am really digging the ruffled cape, its very girly, yet sophisticated. I don't know if I could ever pull off a cape but they are pretty cool.

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  14. haha I don't know if I can, either... watch this space!

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  15. I think my favorite style is the peacoat cape - Blair wore one on Gossip Girl at some point and managed to look really cute. I'm not sure if I'm really a cape person, personally - I think they can look really cute depending on how they're being styled, but all the same I'll probably just stick to jackets. they're easy. :)

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  16. i love these! especially those last two. can't wait to see yours!

    xox emily
    www.once in a blue room.com

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  17. Not sure on capes, by my fashionista sister LOVES ponchos, which have a similar shape. She was wearing my mom's from the 70's before they exploded in popularity a few years ago, at least out west. Maybe you can do the same for capes on the eastside!

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  18. Beth pasted the link below! It's gorgeous. After this, I won't be able to say I'm a fashion wimp anymore :)

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  19. hahah love that text exchange. i'm drawn to the minimalist cape - it's modern, with clean lines and you can dress it up or down.

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  20. I bought my mother a cape similar to the ruffled one for her birthday a few years ago, it's gorgeous on her an she loves it. Me, I would love to wrap up in that sweater cape :)

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  21. Elementary my dear Betson.



    Also my friend's dad runs a Harris tweed mill. For reals.

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  22. How did I miss this post yesterday?? Anyway, I love it. I want a cape. I want ALL THE CAPES. The sweater and classic are the styles I gravitate towards; the belt of luxury and ruffled are cute and comfy, but perhaps a little house-roby in my vein of non-classiness. But yes. ALL THE CAPES. And I will swoop them when I need a dramatic departure. The lady version of "I said GOOD DAY!"

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  23. your sister's comment is hysterical! these look cute. I don't own one--not sure if I could pull it off--but it looks very supermodel chic.

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  24. love all of these!! my favorite is the first cape - classic!! :)

    ps. check out my giveaway -last day to enter!!

    http://thesadlows.blogspot.com/2012/11/desiring-joy-scarf-giveaway.html

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