There are numerous reasons why cape is a must have in your autumn/winter 2018/2019 wardrobe. There is a saying that everything that becomes to be a trend comes from the past. In ancient times, the main and critical wear of the English knights that were going on long expeditions was a long goat coat with a hood. It served them in many ways – it was warm to sleep and convenient to eat on. In addition, in the wide folds of the cape, the frozen arms and a flask of their favorite whiskey were easily hidden. As well as, the cape protected them both from the sun & heat, moisture & dirt. After the model advancement, it started to be known as the cape and became the “uniform” of nearly all armed forces of the British Empire.
Nobody would ever think that expedition cloth of medieval warrior would turn to the fashionable and loved clothes by both man and woman. However, the 2nd birth of sleeveless coat was brought up to worlds’ podiums in the 20th century by one of the most influential fashion designer – Pierre Cardin. So by the beginning of the XXI century, the meaning of the cape became to be broader – it is any coat, cloak or cape without sleeves with a clasp or slit in the middle.
This season, capes were popular in a big way on catwalks, popping up in multiple forms. Gucci, Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller re-imaged it and created the cape-trench hybrid, while Erdem presented a dramatic option decorated with metallic floral jacquard. Elsewhere, Alberta Ferretti swamped models with capes made from black leather while others sported brown rollneck styles cinched at the waist with skinny belts. The most memorable of all, though, came from Burberry where supermodel Cara Delevingne stormed the runway in a floor-length cape made from rainbow fur and lined with the brand’s infamous check motif.
There are few things to consider in terms of real-life when wearing the cape. I would suggest, to look for the right model, since there are some designs that completely restrict your arms. So try it on and see whether you can handle that slight inconvenience. Before wearing a cape consider having a clutch with you or a handbag, since shoulder bag is likely to slip off. Moreover, in order to even up the proportions of the chunky cape – peg, straight or skinny trousers will work the best. In case of the evening events, I would recommend wide leg trousers with the classical black cape – that would create a sophisticated look.
Moreover, do not confuse cape with a poncho! The cut of the South American cape is a rectangular canvas and mostly the coat without sleeves is tailored to fit the female curves of the body, so it looks more elegant and neater than its fellow from the distant Native American continent. In addition, the cape has the right to buttons, stand-up collars, a hood and other decorations, but the poncho does not. Be in trend wear the cape!
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