Monday, October 18, 2010

Cape Town.

Camel cape, $169.90, Jacob.
Half shawl, half coat, and fully on the comeback trail, capes are creating an unexpected desire to party like it’s 1799. 

From Karl Lagerfeld’s sleeveless yeti shrugs to Salvatore Ferragamo’s leather-piped traveler’s cape (the Attitude cape coat is a dead ringer), a cavalcade of these converted coverups marched the fall/winter 2010 runways. 

While capes can create a striking silhouette, they can be tricky to dress up without looking like you’re actually playing dress-up. 

Keeping the rest of the outfit modern and balanced is key: capes create volume on top, so wear something more streamlined on the bottom, like jeggings or tights and wool shorts, and don’t — under any circumstances — slip on a hand muff or a bonnet.

Pop-pom cape coat, $298, French Connection.
Attitude camel cape coat, $200, Sears.
Navy cape, $169.90, Jacob.
 Words and some images originally published in The Toronto Star (, October 19, 2010. Written by me!

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