Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Capes were all over the autumn/winter 2010 catwalk shows, from Chloé to Céline, Yves Saint Laurent to Haider Ackermann, and 3.1 Phillip Lim to Alexander Wang. My friend Hannah and I are getting ahead of ourselves and working the cape right now. It's the perfect cover-up for spring. It instantly adds elegance and grace - you don't walk in a cape, you glide. And its flattering silhouette makes you want to dance and twirl around.

So, where can you get a cape before they hit the high street this autumn/winter? eBay, of course. It's where Hannah got her Crombie cape in this season's hot colour, camel, for £80. And where I found my baby blue 1950s version for a bargainous $20 from the USA; it cost a further $27 in postage, but it still works out at about £30 in total.

Get on board the cape crusade now and you, too, can get ahead in the fashion stakes. Trust me, come next season, the cape will be a key piece in your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Hannah wears:
Vintage Crombie cape, £80, from eBay
Vintage satchel
Vintage charm bracelet
Poison ring by Zoe & Morgan
Marc by Marc Jacob shoes

Bargainista Fashionista wears:
Vintage cape, £30, from eBay
Sunglasses from Chanel
Rattan bag, £7, from Primark
T-bar shoes, from Marks & Spencer

PS. A big thank you to Nikki McClarron for taking Hannah's photo!


  1. Good find! I am really lusting after Samantha Pleet's black cape in her AW 2010 collection but don't think we can get it in the UK - will be stalking out Ebay now tho!

  2. Both capes are gorgeous - I want one!

  3. i'll be back!
    bargainista boy.

    p.s cute.

  4. Hey ladies.

    I'm loving the capes and camel is my favourite colour at the moment. Capes are ace, i don't have a long one myself although after seeing these i am very tempted.

    I've been a fan of capes for years and have 4 short ones, the first one i purchased on my honeymoon in 2006 and i just haven't been able to stop since. I'm still seeking a welsh wool cape in just the right colour but alas it still evades me! I've been wearing a blue checked one all winter that i bought in a thrift store in America back in May and i get so many comments on it, capes rock!

    Happy gliding ladies, you look fab!

  5. This coat is really very beautiful. Both are my favorite colour. I like this winter coat and i am so excited for buy it.



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