Friday, February 24, 2012

outfit post: the Cape Escape

The Mad Plaid-er: Wearing a plaid cape is part of my method for "Blooming Madly."
 As obsessed as I've been with capes these past 10 years, I don't really wear them out much. I recently sold a number of capes from my decade long collection, as I realized that I wasn't going to wear them that often and 15 capes in one closet is really just plain ol' overkill. That said, this plaid wool gem from the 1960's is a recent addition and it's a real keeper. Perhaps, you've seen me wear it HERE. Well constucted, fully lined and warm, and with zero nonsensical frills, I love the streamlined look to this cape, and of course, the plaid print. So there's still a handful of capes in my closet and I'm determined to at least wear them once before our springtime warmer weather hits us.

Which groundhog shadow or no, is soon, as you can guess by the fact I get to wear shorts in February. Only in California, folks.
Now Wearing: 
  • vintage '60's brown plaid cape, This N That Thrift
  • pre-loved cotton print shirt, thrifted
  • vintage 80's sweater, Goodwill
  • mom jean shorts, from a free pile
  • striped knee-highs (over 5 years old)
  • Coach flats (over 6 years old)
"Jazzhands!"

30 comments:

Girlie Blogger said...

Cool socks.

Melanie said...

I like the caption - Mad Plaid-er. And the pic of you with your hands in the air has this edgy innocence like little plaid riding hood fesses up to liking the big bad wolf. The shorts are shockingly unexpected - great choice!

Mode Plus said...

You know I've never worn capes ever, a big contrast with you having a collection of them. I do like them on other people though, reminds me of 19th century hunters *if that makes any sense*. Have a great weekend B!

That's Not My Age said...

Great cape! I've always fancied wearing one on my bike to swoosh around London in.

Lisa Connolly said...

Fantastic!!! Love the cape with the shorts.

Sara said...

Gooorgeous cape! I have always wanted a long cape with a hood, but never succeeded finding any. You are pretty! :)

-Sara
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Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I also love capes...but just do not have that many opportunities to wear them...I love this one..its cool!

Franca said...

I only have one cape, and i've worn it only maybe five times. but i still love it! This one's beautiful!

Consider Me Lovely said...

That cape is amazing!! I love your mix of prints!

Mik said...

The cape is pretty, I am seriously drawn to your beautiful cardigan!

Xo
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superheidi said...

Ha, so you found one! It's gorgeous. How do you wear a bag with it? I love my big sling bags when there's a lot to carry. Somehow it didn't work with a cape, neither a shoulder bag. Left me with a purse. Hm, limited options.

gabrielle said...

i really love that cape! the orange lining has me drooling.

Vix said...

You are my super hero in that cape! It's so well cut and drop dead fabulous and the Scandinavian sweater and striped sock combo makes me weep with joy! xxx

The Closet Shopper said...

That last pic you're all, "Can I get a what what." Yes you can. You look so freakn' cool!!

xo,
Tracy

La Dama said...

You biatchs are killing me with this sexy cape action.I want one of those capes now.
sexy piernonas amor!
besones

pinktutu72 said...

Really awesome cape! I love the colors and it looks so warm and cozy. But how the heck can you wear it in this HEAT? Sac must be warm because in here in Fairfield it feels like late spring. Ya only in California :)

Helga! said...

Babes!Can I be the Holmes to your Sherlock?! LOVE that cape! You had 15 capes?! ERK! How divine! I wouldn't have been able to give up ANY of them!!!
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Kirstin Marie said...

Your cape, along with your photos, is fabulous! I assure you you can totally wear shorts in Florida right now. It's been 88 degrees!! Ridiculous for February. I hope you have an amazing weekend, lovely lady!

Miss Peregrin said...

I love the cape & your sweater! You're just getting into shorts weather & I'm just getting out of it, how strange.

THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

Love the cape, sweater & shoes... I wish we were neighbors so I could play in your closet!

Kitty said...

You're always looking awesome Bella! Capes are a fabulous thing, I love them even though our climate here is mostly too hot for them :( I always want to collect winter clothing too.xx.

Please may I? said...

What an amazing cape!!!!!


Its stunning and I think i need one in my life.


X x

Mica said...

Love that cape it's so beautiful! :)


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anne m bray said...

This combination makes me SO HAPPY!
Hooray for capes!

Violet Folklore said...

SERIOUSLY amazing. I would love that brown plaid on anything, but on a cape? Please. I love the whole outfit, you pulled it together perfectly.
This weather- I know, right!?

Polka Princess said...

The brown plaid, the brown hounds-tooth & the brown stripes - I SO need to learn how to mix patterns from you! You're such an inspiration, always! <3

Goody said...

i lurve that cape...i own several i all kinds of fabrics and colors but this one especially rocks...the colors and length takes it to another level

Fashnlvr said...

That is a fabulous cape! I only have one and I don't wear it much either. As another commenter mentioned, it gets in the way of my shoulderbag. Maybe cross-body would work. Anyway, love the outfit, love those SOCKS! Hugs to you, BellaQ!!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I have two capes, including a blue and green plaid wool one very similar to this. There is such lovely drama in wearing a cape, but I have to know I've got the attitude that particular day to carry it off! You most certainly do.

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