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.
Summer is slowing creeping upon us and I can’t wait for the sun to arrive in full force. In preperation, I scoured my favorite online retailers, from ASOS to Need Supply Co., in search of the perfect summer dress.
As I started picking out my favorites, I noticed a trend with my choices. They were either corset topped (or sweetheart neckline, if you prefer that terminology), striped (of course), or wildly printed. So I narrowed it down to my favorite 3 in each of these categories:
The corset top dress is perfect for afternoon barbecues or picnics in the park with friends. They’re so sweet and summery:
- Urban Renewal Striped Linen Bustier Dress, Urban Outfitters, $58
- Dahlia Net Layer Babydoll Dress, ASOS, $118.36
- Chambray Corset Dress, Victoria’s Secret, $39.99
These striped dresses can be worn during work hours or even on weekend beach trips. They’re versatile and never go out of style:
- Dahlia Striped Full Belted Dress, ASOS, $93
- Striped Knit Dress, Need Supply Co., $48
- LnA Stripe Tee Dress, Revolve Clothing, $105
Even though the prints vary, they all pack a colorful punch – exactly what you need in the summer months! I would wear the sweeter prints (like the florals and polka dots) during the day and the bolder prints (like the zig zag) for a night of cocktails with friends or on a date with my boyfriend:
- Contrast Pocket Dress, Need Supply Co., $48
- Dahlia Vintage Print Belted Dress, ASOS, $93
- Marc by Marc Jacobs Diamond Zigzag Dress, Shopbop, $258
[Images via ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Need Supply Co., Victoria’s Secret, Shopbop, Revolve]
In the springtime, there’s nothing I love more than a bright and shimmery nail polish. This Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again is that perfect blend of glimmering blue-green. Mermaid green, I like to call it.
It would look simply stunning paired with THIS at a fun dinner party with friends or on a romantic date with your lovebug.
The only problem? I can’t find it at any Sephora. So if you happen to spot it while perusing that makeup wonderland, please let me know. I must have.