I woke up to 49°F temperatures this week and justlikethat SuthinGirl is in Full Fall Mode! Cue the autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, ladies, ’cause I went and painted my nails a gorgeous deep shade of mauve (new Dior ‘Vernis’ Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Cosmopolite topped with Essie ‘Good To Go!’ Top Coat OMG fab fab!) and started changing over my closet from late summer to early fall.
Yes, girls, I’ve well and truly lost my mind! But don’t you worry. I do this every year. The first brisk morning and I’m ALL IN. Chalk it up to my red hair and overall coloring, I guess. I love the clothes, I love the textures and I love the layers…I love a fresh start.
Taking stock as I flitted back and forth between my closets, I felt pretty good about where I’m starting out this year. I bought a few bow blouses last winter that are really big right now as well as some different pieces in that burgundy red that’s everywhere. Special shout out to my YSL shoulder bag and Brian Atwood heels! However, there are a couple of key items I can’t wait to add…
No, you didn’t blink and wake up in 1977…flared jeans and capes are back and they are modern and fabulous! Over the years, Elizabeth Taylor and other gorgeous Hollywood icons have shown us that capes are elegant and sexy. Wonder Woman made it irrefutable that capes are completely badass. I say that capes show a real sense of STYLE! Sure you can wear a peacoat (but please don’t) or a fitted quilted jacket (those can be cute) but if you want to let the world know that you have confidence and panache, wrap yourself inside a chic cape!
Below is a picture of my grandparents taken in the 1970s. They were consistently stylish and chic, even during those trying fashion times. My grandmother Helen (we called her Honey) had an incredibly timeless style. Her scarves, capes, brooches, Italian shoes and vintage gold jewelry gave her both a classic and current look that everyone admired and I find myself emulating today. Seriously, the flared trousers, the cape, the Hermès scarf…she could step effortlessly into 2015!
When I was pregnant with my first child, Caroline, Honey wanted to give me this camel colored cashmere and wool cape she had custom made in Switzerland. It was so warm and soft, and like her it was both chic and practical. She wanted me to wear it up to New England where I was to spend Christmas with my in-laws because my pre-pregnancy coat didn’t fit anymore. Before she could give it to me, my daughter made a surprise appearance into the world and we never made the trip. I don’t know what happened to that cape after she passed, but I have often thought about it and what a loving and thoughtful person she was.
J. Crew Cape Jacket in Wool Melton $250 (also in black)
($225 LESS than the one next to it AND I like the fur going vertical instead of horizontal. It’s more flattering!)
Burberry Colorblock Mega Check Blanket Cape $1,495 (three colors)
Burberry Check-Lined Wool Wrap $895 (ten colors)
Burberry Fringed Merino Wool Cape $1,095 (three colors)
BCBG Max $368
Vince Camuto Bow Neck Blouse $99 (also in rust)
Care to do a little wishful dreaming with me? Here are the capes that I love, covet and adore…alas, from afar. Each costs at least a couple of thousand but should you fall in love and have the means to seal the deal, you can easily find them online. And oh, if you do…please please send SuthinGirl some pics! I promise not to be toooo green with envy. xx
Missoni Wool Zigzag Pattern Cape – Gimme gimme gimme!
Loro Piana Onslow Fox Fur-Trimmed Cashmere Cape – Love the belted waist!! And the dove gray! Oooh and the fur!
Missoni Boiled Wool Jacquard Cape
Saint Laurent Velvet Cape with Allover Embroidery – Don’t you love the fireworks-inspired motif?!
Valentino Camu Butterfly-Print Brocade Cape – I’m a huge fan of that deep royal blue and black combination.
Valentino Camu Garden-Print Brocade Cape – I would love to upholster something in this fabric! It’s dreamy!
This tip was inspired by the inimitable Diana Vreeland, subject of SuthinGirl’s September Trust Me, You’ll Love It pick, a book entitled Why Don’t You? Vreeland was editor-in-chief at Vogue from 1963-1971 but for many years before that she was a columnist at Harper’s Bazaar. Her column Why Don’t You? ran 1937-1963 and offered gems such as:
Valentino Napa Leather Butterfly Embroidered Gloves $795 (also in blue)
Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Silk-Lined Leather Opera Gloves (navy blue) $165
Diane Von Furstenburg Leather Zip Gloves $248 (cashmere lined)
Portolano Napa Leather Gloves $140 (eleven colors; cashmere lined)
Echo Tech Scrunchie Gloves $58 (three colors)
Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Lined Long Leather Gloves $98 (four colors)
Sofia Cashmere Cashmere Tech Gloves with Fox Fur Cuff $95 (two colors)
Alrighty, back to reality. I just bought this cape and you want to know why? I love wearing the color ivory in contrast with everyone else’s darker outerwear. I have a collection of beautiful silk scarves and this cape will provide the perfect palette for showing off their vibrant colors.
I kinda see this one as the ideal for pinning brooches onto. The dark color would enable gold and silver to really sparkle. Brooches are huge right now (the trend is to wear multiple brooches pinned in a cluster to one side) but in my opinion a single brooch is a total classic look. I’ve been collecting vintage brooches (most with whimsy and character) for years. The heavier fabric of this cape makes me feel it would be a safe place for a pin. See My Jewels Aren’t Fake, They’re Faux for pics of my fave brooches.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Waffle Capelet (four colors) $98
Sweater capes are fun if you live someplace where you could wear one indoors and out. Down in the south, I feel like I’d be taking this off over my hair over and over again every time I went inside and my hair would have enough static energy to power a smart car! It would work well at a daytime soccer game for the kids or something outdoors on a relatively cool evening.
Corti Fur Collar Reversible Cape $295 (two colors)
So polished and classic. I always prefer gray to black because to me grey expresses more personality. Black is chic, of course. Just a little safe for me.
For a cheeky alternative, how about wearing your cape…as a dress!
Alexis Amadeo Jumpsuit with Cape $550 (also in black)
Take your look from daytime to date night with a few simple accessories and beauty tips!
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