The ul­ti­mate tran­si­tional outer­wear


C APES ARE odd items of cloth­ing. They don’t give you the warmth of a coat but are heav­ier than a jacket, plus they ex­pose your arms to the cold. Although the cape is prob­a­bly high up on the list of im­prac­ti­cal fash­ion, their style and el­e­gance, still makes them de­sir­able.

This is not a ver­sa­tile piece of cloth­ing but it’s rare in fash­ion that use­ful- nes­sisac­ri­te­riathat­de­sign­er­scon­sider. One must also re­mem­ber there’s also only a small win­dow of time that capes can be worn in Bri­tain with­out feel­ing any­thing but un­com­fort­ably chilly.

With this in mind, I urge yo uto shop sen­si­bly and pay a min­i­mal amount for a cape. I’m not say­ing do away with style or cut, just don’t go spend­ing your win­ter coat al­lowance on an item that has no sleeves! There’s only so much warmth a pair of long woolly gloves can give you.

One should also note this is not a trend to be worn by any­one shorter than five foot — even with heels. Be­cause of their tri­an­gu­lar cut, capes rely on the wearer’s height to en­sure their unique shape flat­ters your body. Although you will most def­i­nitely have “arm draught”, on the brighter side rears will be cov­ered, and belted capes (of which there are many) nip in waists and help keep the cold out ever so slightly.

The high street has some great ver­sions that hit all the right spots, but buy your cape now, be­fore the win­ter re­ally sets in.

Time is run­ning out, even for a su­per­hero.

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