scoring & splurging: capes

Capes have long been a staple in my wardrobe. I bought my first from a shop in Murray Hill on an apartment hunting trip in NYC. The weather had turned chilly, unexpectedly, and I needed something much warmer than the dress I’d worn that day. Fortunately, they stocked just what I was in the mood for: a black chunky knit cape – with fringe and a turtleneck. Toasty. It kept me warm that weekend and through the blustery, lakeside snows back in Evanston. It had its detractors, of course. Mostly men and anti-hippie-types. (I decided it was the fringe that evoked such strong reactions, which I tossed about liberally and defiantly and carried on.)

I loved that cape. I haven’t been without one since and am always on the look-out for cape inspiration. And I’ve found some! First up are the ‘scores’, where nothing’s over 100USD:

scoring: capes
Witchery knit cape, $52 / olive green wool cape / Gap camel knit cape /
wool tartan cape / Warehouse animal print cape, $53 /
vintage tartan cape, Etsy / cape + cape via pinterest


Next up, the ‘splurges’, or what I’d consider ‘investment vestements’:

Saturday Splurge: Capes
Lanvin cape with fur collar / Alexander McQueen ‘Manta’ cape /
Steffen Schraut cashmere capeAlice by Temperley ‘Octavia’ cape /


That’s it for this month’s ‘Saturday Score’. Cape calm and carry on, kids.


What do you think?