Saturday, August 28, 2010

caping

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PYqHLh0dSJ4/THjs8FA0H0I/AAAAAAAAFqg/Tww6hBL1rkk/s1600/camel+cape.jpg


One thing has become pretty clear this week and that's the onset of Autumn. Three days of solid, sheet rain and some brooding black clouds have brought a chill to the air and earlier in the week I made a trip to 'The Cupboard Upstairs' which now houses rather a nice collection of coats. This is thanks to buying them out of season and then over the course of Summer forgetting that I even owned them. 

I was struck with a sense of cosy smugness when I was reunited with this camel raincape I bought from eBay and had subsequently forgotten. So much for all of that cooing over the Asos cape when this was hanging upstairs in all it's £9 glory. Did I mention it's reversible with a waterproof layer inside and camel fleece on the outside? And it has a hood? This might explain why I felt like a child who had been dressed for practical purpose by their parents when I wore it for drinks and bowling with friends. But I secretly quite liked that. 

One of the downsides that comes with wearing a cape however is the handbag question. I tried carrying a tote swag bag style (just to really go the whole hog with feeling like a child dressed as a Superhero). I also managed to wear my usual handbag on my shoulder without the strap getting in the way but this just felt silly. There are always clutch bags but they don't seem daytime appropriate and I'm now thinking that going without a bag is a sensible option and actually quite liberating. I remember reading an article by Jess Carter-Morely in Vogue a year or so back in which she challenged herself to do Fashion Week bagless. Naturally, I don't have a personal assistant to carry my necessities like she did but I remember her emphasising the importance of pockets and how it feels rather nice to have a few of the essentials nestled deep down inside them with your arms free. And you know what you do with free arms? That's right, you swing them as you marvel at just how superb you feel without a bag and why didn't ou try this bafore and then- 'o-oh shit, I left my make up bag at home..'

21 comments:

Georgina-Kate said...

This cape looks great on you! So chic!

I have also had the cape-handbag dilemma many a time and normally end up with a short handle handbag hanging from my forearm - ignoring all the health advice about how bad this is for you!

I love the liberation of running up an escalator bag-free with just a few essentials nestled in my pockets but, as you rightly point out, if you don't have time to put your make-up on at home, you're in trouble!

MAID'N BRITAIN (Brand new fashion blog - check it out!)

Away with the fairy's said...

That is such an amazing cape! i want one like it so much!

http://illustratemypillowcase.blogspot.com/

Sarabee said...

what about wearing it under the cape? I know there could be some grotesque lumps, but practicality-wise it's an option...

Hannah said...

I'm so glad somebody else has experienced the cape+bag dilemma - Maybe capes should be required to feature built-in, oversized pockets?

Ingénuebie said...

Beautiful cape. I attempted experimenting with a beautiful tweed one last autumn but the debilitated arms and handbag issues became too much for me to bear. I can imagine being bagless does come with a sort of liberation but I feel basically naked without..I admire your bravery!

Juliet said...

I love that cape!

juliet xxx

lovelydisco said...

A lady bag! A lovely structured top handle lady bag!

Bralliz said...

Beautiful cape, love it! Happy Saturday, xoxox alice

Fashion Queen said...

Great cape.

the snail and the cyclops said...

I don't mind being your US middle gal! Just let me know when it gets closer to the big day if you want to make it happen!

Annie said...

I LOVE this post, it really made me laugh and in my humble opinion is really good writing :) I am SO getting a camel cape this winter if its the last thing i do

hannah-rose said...

that is a great cape! i love that you bought it so long ago and forgot about it... wondering what i have lurking about in the cupboard upstairs now. :)

X

Emily and Abigail said...

lusting this cape!! beautiful color :)

www.lovelywanderlust.com

pearl said...

you're inspiring me on a DIY cape!
;)

love,
http://artyaffair.blogspot.com

Karin said...

What a cape! And such a great ebay find! (I never seem to be as lucky in my ebay hunts! :P)

selina said...

ohhh lucky find indeed!! i love this camel coat trend because as soon as you put one on you're instantly at the height of fashion without even trying! your cape looks perfect! i've decided to avoid a camel coat though after trying lots on, my hair is a sort of camel colour too so it's all a bit strange!xx

rebelbellevintage said...

Gorgeous cape, I love your style! Would love to see you in vintage, come visit me sometime on Etsy :]

xoxo,
rebelbellevintage

Cherry said...

The Fashionfairies must have been smiling on you when you snapped up that little bargain. I am very jealous, I have been stalking the ASOS cape but didn't buy it because it has now become very recognisable and I really like something a bit more unique.

Sympathies with the handbag dilemma. I hadn't even thought about it but it is def a big factor in whether to invest in a cape or not..... can i afford a cape and a personal bag carrier!? It all needs to go into the budget.

Great post. i love your blog and ave been lurking for-like ever! Thanks for the advice.

young-shields said...

haha, classic last line. jealous of this find, i'm caving to camel personally but leaving behind my leather jacket is going to present difficulty. X p.s this must look fit with your leather shorts, no?

Cloudy said...

I love the idea of being bagless, but I don't think Id last 5 mins. Im known too well for my 'mary poppins' bag :)

I adore the cape too, it's lovely x

Size 12 Boots said...

That is a gorgeous cape! The bag and cape dilemma is tough. I have tried a messenger style across the chest bag which is good except when you need to take it on and off frequently. Clutches or hand carried bags seem to work best with capes. Love the color of yours.