Posts tagged ‘cape’
On Keeping the Goods
When I was packing up my closet, I was forced to make those major decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of. Many people use the “if you haven’t worn it in over a year, throw it out” motto, but that just doesn’t work for me. Just because I haven’t worn it in over a year doesn’t mean I won’t wear it again. This cape is the perfect example. The last time I wore this superhero piece was back in January 2011. Over a year indeed and yet it still sits toward the front of my closet waiting for the day that I’ll wear it again. This day was yesterday.
Most of my clothes are still stored away in boxes (my closet isn’t being built until next week), and I find it interesting that this cape was one of the last pieces I packed up, thus making it one of the more accessible articles in my apartment of cardboard. While it’s by no means an everyday piece – the whole shoulder bag thing just does not work with capes – it’s still one of my favorites and I have absolutely no intention of getting rid of it, even if I don’t wear it again for another year.
How do you go about deciding what to get rid of when you’re cleaning out your closet?
// photos by Emily Malan
I spent the weekend hanging out with my brother Austin and it made me unbelievably homesick for my family and San Francisco. Even though I was home a month ago, I miss sitting around the kitchen with my fam, munching on delicious home cooked meals while the dogs chase each other around the room.
I wore this outfit back in December while I was home for the holidays and don’t know why I’ve taken so long to share it. I found this cape waiting for me under our Christmas tree and literally could not wait to wear it, which explains why I put it on on such a gray and rainy day. Although not at all waterproof, it turned out to be the perfect piece of outerwear for a day of light drizzle and big gusts of wind. Whenever I got tired of holding the umbrella I could just pop on my hood and poof! my hair was protected from the evil frizz gods.
While I don’t have any immediate plans to go to San Francisco, I imagine that my perpetual homesickness will bring me there sooner rather than later. And since the chances of me returning to San Francisco are likely to come sooner than the weather heating up in New York, I can guarantee that this cape is going to be making another appearance on the west coast, most likely more than once.
• cape by hanii y, sweater borrowed from my mom, skirt by jigsaw, tights by hue, j.crew boots •
One of my favorite pieces in my closet is my black Morphine Generation cape. While not easy to pair with everything, I find that whenever I wear it my level of chicness increases by a great degree. The only real issue with wearing a cape is figuring out how to carry your handbag, which Garance Doré articulates beautifully in her recent blog post “My Cape” (see here). I’ve found that the best bags to carry while donning a cape are ones with short handles that can either rest on your wrist or be carried in your hand – anything else just hangs awkwardly or has to be hidden underneath the cape which just looks weird. So although not the most practical garment to wear (they’re not very warm either…), there’s no denying that capes look unwaveringly stylish. Like a sky-high pair of stilettos, a cape may not be very comfortable but it will always look good. All for the sake of fashion, right?
photos via harpers bazaar, the sartorialist, stockholm street style & google image
This season I just can’t get enough gray clothing. It’s chic when I need something chic, cozy when I need to bundle up, and easy to pair with practically everything in my closet. Unlike more prominent colors like purple and orange, gray never goes out of style and is thus always hanging on the racks. Lately I’ve been living in my All Saints grey Snood (see #4 here) and have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of gray trousers to go with everything from laid back nautical striped shirts to sky-high toe-pinching pumps. While the Topshop trousers featured below (#7) seem to fit the exact pant I’ve been looking for, I couldn’t help but include some of the other gray pieces I’ve been lusting over recently.
- Topshop Lace Hem Flannel Skirt – $70
- Maison Martin Margiela Exposed Shoulder Pad Top – $500
- Alice + Olivia Cuffed Shorts – $118
- Asos Pieces Chain Bucket Bag – $42
- French Connection Knitted Poncho – $138
- Jeffrey Campbell Grey Suede Lita – $160
- Topshop Tonic Tapered Trousers – $70
- Modcloth Linked In Belt – $18
- Rag & Bone Grayling Gairisle Hat – $140
- All Saints Carlino Cardigan – $200
- Delias Over-the-Knee Sock – $12.50
- Caractere Geometric Bracelet – $79