How to Wear it Thursday: The Cape

And clearly, I'm not talking about the velvet goth-style capes that we have all seen far too many of at the locan ren fair. But when you say "cape", most people automatically think of that. Then, they say, "Oh, I could never do that." Well, I'm here to tell you, you can. You absolutely can. In fact, you can and people will look at you and think you have tremendous style, because they will think that they can't. See how that works?

The secret to wearing a cape as outerwear (and really, there isn't any other way to properly wear it) is to wear it with confidence. No one else will have one on, and you will look great. The other secret to it is to watch the balance of volume. In other words, you will have a lot going on up top with the cape - keep it simple on the bottom, or you'll look like a balloon. I prefer wearing mine with some trouser-style jeans and flats or boots. Even better, my flat suede boots. But above you can see the super fun Frye ankle boots I picked out for this one.

If you're going to be stylish enough to wear a cape, be sure to accessorize your outerwear. Leather gloves are always a good thing, and don't forget a cute hat. I picked out a knit beanie/beret style, because that's what I wear on a daily basis. I also just love cloche hats, but be careful not to overdo the vintage look.

This is the type of outfit I'd wear to Washington DC while shopping in Georgetown. Casual but still classy.
Don't Fear the Cape by retrodiva


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