Cape Fear??

This season’s biggest trend is the cape. Alluding back to the 1960s mod look, the cape is this winters coat. Whether it is a short faux fur cape, a tweed hip length cape or an elegant maxi cape this is the one thing you should be wearing!

But how should you wear one? What should you team it with? Don’t experience cape fear…hear at Your Vintage Life we can offer some advice!

Firstly there is the casual cape often described as the utility cape. This is often more like a poncho or reminiscant of a parka.

Detailing comes in the form of buckles, hoods, duffle toggles and wood buttons.

The feel is soft, blanket like wool.

Colours are khakis, browns and camels. These are perfect for keeping warm on the weekend, long walks or simply shopping.

Wear with chunky knits, skinny jeans and flat boots. Team with this winter’s jumper dress and cable knit cream tights.

Next there is the evening cape worn mini or maxi. Create a huge statement by wearing a floor length hooded cape over your little black dress.

Choose velvet or thick wool ones, mainly in black with shiny button details.

The mini cape in a faux fur or sequined finish will glam up any outfit. This is perfect for this year’s ladylike look, think Mad Men or Audrey Hepburn.

I love this furry one with the front plastic buckles…over a glam maxi dress, with gloves in butter soft leather or satin

Then there is the fashion cape. This is a cape that picks up and incorporates other fashion trends such as the military look.

The military cape is adorned with gold buttons down the front and on the pockets.

A line shapes with slits within the cape to slot your arms through reminds me of capes worn over army uniforms or the navy ones worn over the 40s nurses uniform.


The vintage cape, tweed, hip length and colourful is the perfect cape for this key look. This has a real 60s mod feel to it…wear with a belt if you want to slim the cape down.

Clothes underneath want to be slimline for this look such as skinny jeans, leggings or a mini with opaque tights. The Welsh tweed cape were made in abundance in the 60s and are perfect for this look.

Lastly there is the work cape..think smart, worn over your suit to give it a fashion twist. This cape thinks it is a jacket or a coat and has a tailored finish.

It often has wide arms that merge into the coat to give it the cape feel. Smart buttons, self tie belts and piped edge collars finish the look. Wear with a pencil skirt and heels…think Mad Men, think sexy secretary!

The must have coat this year is the camel coat…why not choose a camel cape coat instead?

We have a great selection available in our ebay shop with  more to follow. (The lovely fur one and tweed one are my own, cant live without capes…..the tweed one can also hide a thousand sins…I wore it after the birth of my first child to mask the last of the baby tummy… slims you down and the shape draws the eye outwards to the shoulder line or to the legs!)



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  1. Kim Patrick
    3 October 2010 / 3:25 pm

    No cape fear in this house! Just gutted that the tweed one is yours and not for sale. You obviously have a keen eye for this kind of thing. Great posting YVL!

  2. Jo Lesley
    4 October 2010 / 9:50 am

    I agree, great blog. I LOVE the hooded maxi cape, very dramatic. Looked on ebay and its sold already! well done you, bad luck me

  3. 17 November 2010 / 9:09 am

    Theres only 2 capes left everyone! Quick grab them while you can!

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