The first cape that I bought in adulthood was one that I found in Paris in 2004. I was wandering around the 6th arrondissement with a girlfriend and stumbled upon a small gem of a boutique, the kind that one can only find in Paris–expertly curated and desperately chic without the faintest whiff of commerciality. The cape was a navy wool number with brown leather trim by, Eley Kishimoto–infinitely wearable and flattering. Needless to say, another obsession was born. Capes have been back with a vengeance these past few years and with their revival comes a plethora of choices. My two faves this season are from Junya Watanabe and Estaban Cortazar.
I prefer capes when worn with slim pants and a small statement jewelry; a pair of slim pants elongates the line of the outfit and with so much fabric around the neckline area you’ll want to steer clear of necklaces and opt for earrings or rings instead. Don’t be fooled by the first photo, skirt+cape+motorcycle boots are very difficult to pull off in real life. Cape and jewelry pairings:
Junya Watanabe, cotton trench cape, available here. Photo from Net-a-porter.com
Hobe, vintage foxtail clips. Similar earrings here.
Esteban Cortezar, Alican icoz 22k-plated double chain ring. Available here.
Estaban Cortazar, wool and duchess satin cape back jacket, available here. Photo from Net-a-porter.com
Joseph Mazer, vintage cluster clips. Similar earrings available here.
Jennifer Fisher, brass prism ring. Available here.
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,