Sunday, October 9, 2011

How To Wear A Cape...And NOT Look Like A Magician or Wizard

The Correct Way to Wear a Cape!

The Wrong Way to Wear a Cape!

It is that time of year again when I want to cuddle up in a cashmere blanket, sip Pumpkin Spice Lattes and never leave my house. Since that is not in the realm of possibilities, I introduce you to....the CAPE! It does it all! You throw it on and instantly appear so very posh in the worst of weather while masking anything unsightly underneath! GENIUS! They come in a variety of fabrics, patterns, silhouettes and prices. Some are even belted if you find offense in covering your super toned waist. The trick is to pick one that suits your taste, so it isn’t difficult to wear. And keep in mind your destination! Please remember to dress for the occasion...

Here are Miss Beanie's 4 Steps to Mastering the Cape: 

Step 1: Find a cape in a pattern and color scheme that will easily match the majority of your wardrobe. For example, if you wear mostly black then find a cute tweed or houndstooth pattern in black and white. Camel is always an excellent choice as it goes with just about everything.

Step 2: Make sure the cape fits you especially in the shoulders and length. It should flare out starting at the edge of your shoulder and should hit just below the widest part of your hips so that your body gets smaller from the cape down. It should be a slimming effect and not the reverse.

Step 3: Try to wear form-fitting clothing underneath the cape. There shouldn’t be bulges from underneath the cape and the bottom portion of your outfit needs to be fitted to give you a figure. Think skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.

Step 4: Finally, make sure you can get your hands out easily without being trapped. You should be able to carry your purse and other essentials without needing assistance.

After following these 4 steps, feel free to get creative and use your imagination! Think bold prints and funky necklines. Use your cape as an accessory! Let your cape be the focal point of your outfit. I personally envision myself in foggy London wearing my tweed cape with leather trim and my black riding boots. I found this at TJ Maxx for a shocking $34! Shhhhh! Don't tell...

My Cape for the Season: Tweed with Leather trim $34!! #Shocking

Below are some of my favorite capes for the season that may strike your fancy: 
Live A Little Houndstooth Cape $66

Ann Taylor Loft Leather Trimmed Double Breasted Cape $94

MICHAEL Michael Kors Cape Cardigan $150
Tahari "Belle" Capelet $148

H&M Beige Wool Cape with Attached Scarf $199
Milly Sienna Belted Cape $595

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 


Miss Beanie

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