Oh yes, my favourite sorts of clothing. Versatile and super wearable. Clocking up those wears per pound by the week. It's so easy to justify these sorts of purchases (like I have trouble with all others. ha ha) as you can get so much use from them.
Especially at the moment when Summer seems to have totally forgotten it's supposed to be hanging around and has let November step in. Oh my heavens, what is this weather? Admittedly on a day like today when it's peeing down - it's been biblical here - a soft cape is about as much use as a chocolate teapot and you want a full on wet suit.
But they're not exactly filling the High Street at the moment so we're going to pretend it's just a mild shower (*builds ark*) and we can nip about in one of these.
Today I'm all about the cape. Blanket cape, poncho, call it what you will, these are going to be everywhere this A/W. And to be fair they were last year as well. Well, not everywhere but there were a fair few of them about. Personally I wasn't a big fan. And I say that when actually I have two ponchos that I have had for nearly seven years and regularly wear. But I mean the full on wrap style blanket jobs.
I did flirt with the fashion with my late addition in the season of the khaki shawl from ASOS which is the same size as a superking duvet and could easily work as a cape throw on.
However the shaped ones are much more flattering - for a start, they do look more like a garment and less like you've robbed the sofa of a throw to wear.
There are more structured cape versions in a coat fabric doing the rounds, but for the moment, I want to look at the ones you could legitimately wear on cooler days in the Summer - especially if, like me, you're holidaying either in the UK, Ireland or Northern France. Where the weather is nothing if not unpredictable. The one downside about holidaying in these climes is that there is no such thing as packing light. Hell no, you have to pack for every occasion and then the ones you haven't really thought of as well (I do draw the line at snow boots but wellies, flipflops and all the stages in between are a must)
And this is where a blanket cape throw on would come into its own. Do you not love the justification?
It all started with this one which I saw the other day when doing sandal research (yes you come across the most random things. I have the attention span of a gnat and tend to go a-wandering on most sites I look at. Hence the random choice of blogs from day to day. It's generally whatever I'm obsessed with at the moment)
Saw this and thought - BE MINE.
For me this is the ideal trans seasonal one - perfect with denim and white now. Ideal over greys, navys and blacks in the Autumn. The fact I have a checked navy coat is the only fly in my "must be vaguely sensible" ointment.
ASOS Blanket check in cape £75
I then came across this (and a whole host of other beauties that I shall be reporting back on) at River Island.
Perfect with khakis and whites for the Summer..... oh yes.....
Navy sleeveless waterfall cape from River Island £38
Another navy version and ideal if you're into reds and pinks (it probably hasn't escaped anyone, these are not colours that exist in my vocabulary. Weird, isn't it? However this one really caught my eye.)
Navy Check tasselled oversized cape from River Island £35
Another blanket style one from Karen Millen. A real classic.
Oversized checked cape £140
The other detail option would be a print one. And this is where I fear for shades of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. Whilst it worked on Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, on the streets of suburbia or on a Joules-fest Suffolk beach, I'm not sure it would have quite the same effect.
And at this juncture, I've managed to yet again totally talk myself out of a print one but that's not to say there isn't a time or a place for them.... Festival chic for sure. Or if you're just more of a boho chic generally, you could easily rock this. I fear I may slightly honk of fancy dress sporting one of these. There is no point in feeding The Husband's sarcasm.
Aztec Print Cape from Topshop £38
Going back to super versatile and assuming my "costs per wear hat", a plain one is probably the best idea. This is a fabulous Summer addition to your wardrobe.
Esprit Jersey Poncho £29
A similar version from Mint Velvet. Personally I'd size up on this as I think it looks better on the looser and more voluminous side.
Silver Grey Oversized Cape from Mint Velvet £79
Another amazing option - and love the unusual - is a crepe blazer style cape with fringing from Lavish Alice.
Lavish Alice Cape Blazer with fringe hem £58
As if by magic, I've also managed to find a combo of the above two. This I absolutely love. Totally perfect for now to throw on over a tee and even shorts. Layer with roll necks and scarves for Autumn warmth. Or for today. Jeez.
Light Grey Tassel Trim Cardie £45 Yes, it's a cardigan but it does the same-ish thing..... (and I like it so it gets to go in here)
Whilst we're on the fringe topic, I have uncovered some great transitional options at River Island. All variations on a theme.
Black fine knit tassel cape £35
Brown faux suede leather look tassel cape £40 (my inner Clint Eastwood is screaming BUY ME at this one. I shouldn't listen to him, should I??)
But the ones that are probably the most useful and the most "me" are these from ASOS. Perfect for over pretty much everything - skirts, shorts, jeans, short and midi dresses. The latter, it's pretty/very hard to find a jacket or coat to wear with them but this would solve that problem perfectly.
ASOS Midi Cape Cardigan £35
And they also do it in an oatmeal. I love both but the oatmeal one is quite similar to the wrap coat I have from Zara last year which I intend to wear the hell out of again this Autumn. Having said that, I couldn't wear it in the Summer so this would be the perfect interim number and ideal for holiday..... Whilst I have lots of khaki - I have lots of khaki, so in fact I probably don't want the same shade cardigan to go over the top. A contrast camel one would be far more useful so that's me talked myself into this one then. Huzzah. Something useful has come from this day of appalling weather as I've achieved absolutely squat all else. The children however, have learnt that if you play Monopoly on the floor, the dog will pee on the board. An important life lesson, I feel.
And what a difference a day makes. This is me yesterday. As I stare out of the window and laugh hysterically at the thought of wearing this today.
On the upside though - above camel cardigan would look amazing with it. Oh and how well would it go with the shoes? ORDERED. I feel so much better now.