Everyone should have at least one friend who can be 100% honest with them when it comes to style. Who is that friend for you? When I decided to debut this cape last week for a casual dinner in SF; I grabbed my clutch and was ready to go when my friend Ryan yelled, ‘WHOA! What are you wearing?’
‘A cape,’ I replied.
‘I’m not gonna lie, that is not flattering at all,‘ he said. As my sister giggled in the background, I said ‘Capes are in style, so I’m wearing it anyway.’
‘Well, you look like a tortilla,’ he said. And with that, we were out the door. Now it’s time to play fashion police. I’ll give my cape-wearing-style-tips and you decide if this winter trend is a ‘Go’ or a total ‘No’!
The #1 Problem with Capes ~ They’re shapeless! ‘Suck it in,’ ‘arch your back,’ ‘stick out your butt’ my sister directed snapping these pics. None of it helped. Capes are essentially cropped Snuggies. They’re not flattering, but they’re comfy and there are ways to work around their blanket like qualities.
The Cape is the Statement. Now What? ~ Keep the rest of the outfit tight. Capes cover most of your body, so you can keep the rest of your clothes as fitted as a figure skater’s costume. I recommend long sleeve knits, leather leggings, tights or skinny jeans below.
Red to the Rescue ~ As the cape digs continued including ‘you look like a flying squirrel’ to I decided it was time for the red lipstick trick. Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe and wear your favorite shade of red. It’s a power play every woman should have in her makeup collection. It doesn’t need to be pricy, Try Wet & Wild.
When in Doubt, Put the Attention on Your Toes ~ Whenever I need to give my outfit a boost, I reach for a pair of Zara black heels. Every season, they have new styles that are budget friendly, pretty good quality and comfortable. I always get compliments on Zara heels and in this case, they took the focus off the cape.
Valentine’s Special Coming ~ Next week I’ll have posts from V-Day Style to how-to-know if you should give her red roses. There’s lots of factors.
Cape (old) Nordstrom Rack (Black Michael Kors one HERE), Leggings ~ Forever21, heels ~ Zara, ring ~ F21, Red lipstick ~ MAC
So now it’s your turn. Are capes a Fashion ‘Do’ or ‘Don’t’? You won’t hurt my feelings 😉