I recently got a terrific comment from Lisa (who runs a fantastic blog that you should totally check out) in response to the post about investing in trends:
I have been seeing a lot of commercials that show women in capes. I have always been a little unsure about this. While I appreciate the body forgiveness of a cape, I also can’t help but think of Ugly Betty when I see one. Are there good capes/bad capes? Sweater-style capes vs. coat-style? Belted? So confused! Please help, Deb!
Lisa captured my thoughts perfectly. The idea of wearing what is essentially a blanket with a neck hole is extremely appealing. We (the universal We of Women) spend so much time talking about Spanx and skinny jeans, that the prospect of wearing something that guarantees that we won’t have to suck in our gut all day, AND can be considered in style and on trend is pretty hard to ignore. I’ve imagined the perfect cape in my mind’s eye, which is cropped at the hip, camel colored, with a Burberry lining and one of those belts that you can only see from the front. I went to the Burberry website to see if they had read my mind, and they had not.
So I went to the Factoria Nordstrom Rack and tried on every single cape in the store. Seattle peeps know that this is the most glamorous Nordstrom Rack in the Factoria area. It’s next door to a DSW and a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Can anyone say Date Night? So I dragged my husband with me. He found the entire escapeade (intentionally misspelled for obvious reasons) to be vaguely redonk, but he married me so it’s too late for him to start thinking about stuff like that now.
Here’s what I learned:
- It’s confusing to put on a garment that doesn’t have arm holes. There were several occasions that I put the cape on sideways. I think it would be easier if I had a butler who walked up behind me and placed the cape on my shoulders.
- The longer it was, the less foxy my husband found it to be. So don’t wear a cape if you are single and trying to snag a fella.
- There are WAY more sweater styles at Nordstrom Rack than outer wear styles. Racks and racks of sweater capes. One poorly stocked rack of outer wear styles.
- Be wary of capes that have little tiny wrist holes near the waist. The cape may go to your butt when your hands are by your side, but it becomes a boob tube if you raise your hands over your head. This warning should particularly be heeded by kids in middle school.
- Sizing is strange. Everything that I tried on was a medium. Would it have made a difference to wear a small or a large? I doubt it. It’s all a bunch of blankets with arm holes. I guess wear whatever size you normally would wear in a sweater?
My verdict: I like the short chunky knit ones in solid colors. I hate the giant flimsy ones that go to mid-thigh. I felt about as wide as a movie screen in those, and not nearly as cozy as I had anticipated. The outer wear styles are actually quite chic, and I like the idea of something warm that will fit over a big sweater without choking out my armpits. I didn’t find one of those that I liked. Here’s what I did find, though!
Weigh in, folks! Are capes on your Christmas list?