If you’ve been looking at your winter outerwear recently and thought that it’s just so… sleevey… then consider a cape. I bought two last year, a short camel one and a longer dark blue one.
Don’t leave! Hear me out. Really, really – I wouldn’t suggest this if I hadn’t thought about it hard. You won’t really look like you’re wearing a stupid cape, you will just look like you are wearing something modern, draped, slouchy, with an elbow or bracelet-length sleeve to show off your excellent knitwear underneath. They go incredibly well with wide-legged jeans and trainers, a high/low mix that says “I am completely normal” and not “To the Batmobile!”
I had to search high and low for my pair of capes last year but this year, they are everywhere.
Then over to H&M, who really believe in the cape thing for AW21. This one is sort of like an updated duffel coat, and this one I’m less sure about, just because it’s one of those items of clothes that seeks to tick two trends at once: cape and green quilt. Overkill? I’m not saying it looks bad, but I wonder if it will stand the test of time.
At the other end of the price scale, there is one of these left on Outnet for 50% off, someone’s got to own it! Might as well be you. If you are one of my fabulously wealthy readers, (they do exist), get this one and text me so that my face can melt off with envy.
Last but not least, House of Hackney has designed this gabardine cape for Barbour – Becky B had something similar, but vintage, years ago and I always coveted it like mad. If I didn’t already have an extensive range of raingear I would snap this up – only sizes 10 and 12 left in the dark blue but more range in the olive.