cozy cape (aka ode to sherlock holmes)

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Ever since Burberry debuted their cape/blanket wrap/shawl this season, all things cape-like and blanket-like are really having a moment. I can get on board with any trend that allows me to wear a blanket around all day (though not a snuggie, readers) (those are for the privacy of your own home). While the Burberry version is a bit (ha! more than a bit) out of my reach, I did find this nice Sherlock Holmes looking cape (with the tags still on it!) a few weeks ago while thrifting. I’m not sure if it’s an outdoor coat or an indoor coat, but I wore it all day (outside and inside) and really enjoyed myself. Outdoors, I kept buttoned up (it’s breezy and rain out!), but indoors, I let it flow openly. If Sherlock Holmes was a full time professional these days, I suspect he would appreciate the cape debut.

‘It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.’ Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity

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Cape: thrifed ($4, tags on it said retails for $60)
Denim top: Forever 21 via thrift ($4, retails for approx $25)
Necklace: Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $32)
Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy at DSW ($9 marked down from $99)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Capes and “blanket wraps” really are trending right now. Frankly, I’m a big fan of this trend, but I have a seen a few photos of this trend going in a confusing direction. I, personally, think wearing an actual blanket is a bit shapeless. But, many of the wraps and capes do have a bit more shape so the wearer doesn’t look completely overwhelmed by the piece. For me, this is all about proportion. I paired my cape with skinny pants and heels so outfit felt a bit more balances and didn’t get too “baggy.”
2) This is the perfect time of year (depending on wear you live) to wear coats that have shorter sleeves, vests, or capes! It’s not very cold in Chicago (yet), but definitely requires a coat or vest. I have a random assortment of coats that aren’t really true winter coats, but I tend to overlook as indoor/outdoor pieces. The cape is a good example of a “fall coat” that can be worn indoors and outdoors. Vests are also a great option with button downs and skirts as an indoor/outdoor piece, so consider pulling out your transitional “outdoor” pieces and sporting them as part of your cozy indoor look!
Anyone else have general feelings about the blanket/wrap/cape trend? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone had a great weekend!
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40 thoughts on “cozy cape (aka ode to sherlock holmes)

  1. I’ve always wanted to try a cape! I love the lightweight option you have… most that I have tried on have been heavier wool styles, more like a winter coat than an indoor layer. I think I’ll shift direction and start looking for something more lightweight. Looks great!

  2. Now i want to watch Sherlock Holmes 😀 I love it and the fact you found it in trift shop…. I am going in a few days on a “hunting” spree so maybe I find something to brag about on my catch of the month 😀

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