Capes as coats have been drifting in and out of collections for a number of years, occasionally making a resurgence in the winter offerings of Zara or River Island, but mainly they’ve been overshadowed by more definite seasonal shapes. But then this happened;
It wasn’t that the cape was nondescript or forgettable – basic, even. It was just that the cape had been, until this season, hanging on the wrong rail. It’s a cosy jacket, a replacement cardigan, a fresher version of a pashmina or a gilet, not a prim, ladylike coat. And this, as Burberry Prorsum showed us, is just a better cape to wear.
They’re so ideal for gathering up around you on these freezing cold mornings whilst you wait for your train or bus, or for late night Christmas shopping when you can dart in and out of shops without faffing with fastenings or buttons as you alternate between artificial heat and blistering December cold. Capes look best with an unfussy top and skinnies or dress beneath; nothing too embellished or collared to get in the way of the swathes of material. Try with a black roll neck (the classic) for 1970s chic or a casual white tee and messy top knot for Sunday slouchiness.
And thankfully, the high street has heard the cape’s call and there’s plenty to choose from. Sadly none monogrammed yet…