Sure, cape coats are ideal for windy days in New York City and blizzards in the Swiss Alps, but what is their practicality in California? Let me just tell you: zero practicality. But the better question is: Do I care about practicality?
The answer is obviously no. If it were yes, then I wouldn’t own 3 pea coats, 2 raincoats, a pair of rain boots, and thermal underwear. So that means I need a cape coat to add to my collection of unpracticals and here are my favorites:
- Ash Grey Woollen Studio Cape, Zara, $169
- Hooded Duffle Cape, Topshop, $160
- Cynthia Steffe Keegan Cape, Revolve Clothing, $475
- Ultimate Military Cape, Topshop, $190
- Sessun Cape, Yoox, $195
- See by Chloe Quilted Cape, La Garconne, $1145
Before I delve into my fascination with the cape, let me just say that I would never spend $1145 on a coat (see 6). BUT I’m thinking I can take a trip to the fabric store, buy a couple yards of felt, and whip myself up something similar. Oh wait, I have no creative abilities? Shoot.
But back to the cape. Whether camel-colored, navy, trench, or wool, there’s something luxurious and demure about a cape coat. They’re like Blair Waldorf meets Kate Moss. All I need are minions and Hunter wellies. Oh, I must HAVE A CAPE! Plus, they’ll keep me nice and warm….if I ever go to Moscow in mid-January.