After months of fruitless search (in part because no one in the
Northern Hemisphere sells wool capes between April-August), I finally
found a camel wool cape worthy of closer scrutiny. This search (for a cape) is one I
resume half-heartedly every fall but inevitably put on the back burner
because I have so many other wants (and not enough money).
A fall-perfect cape is the logical next step for any trench coat lover. It looks great with pants, with dresses, with skirts, with narrow bottoms, with loose-fitting bottoms. To borrow a cliché, the possibilities are endless.
Before I landed upon this Burberry Kids’ cape, I was ready to pull the trigger on a Land’s End camel cape (here in petite and plus) that was more reasonably priced and less cropped but I didn’t have the mental energy to play sale pop-backs game.
I had my heart set on a hip-length wool cape but wasn’t really committed to any one length and could’ve been happy with a knee-length cape as well (more discussion about cape length in the next installment).
If you don’t like camel capes, this Burberry Girls’ Cape comes in four colors–black, camel, fritillary pink (or what we plebs call fuchsia), and military red.
Imagine my disappointment when the cape arrived and the size L was a size too small. I snapped a few pictures and sent it to a friend whom I trust for unbiased and honest opinions and she confirmed my suspicions: the fit was weird.
This cape is only available in three sizes: S, M, and L. At $295 and 100% wool, it is surprisingly affordable for Burberry and even features prominently its signature check print in the hood. There are no sleeves and I consider it more capelet-like than cape-like.
A word about buying from Burberry’s online store: the shipping and
return processes are very smooth and both are free. You can arrange to
pick up your order locally and make returns to a physical store if you
are against shipping high-value items.
If you are shorter than me in height (I am 5’2) or have a shorter torso, this may be a viable option for you.
Buy here and here.
For those of you who like a bit of whimsy in everything you wear, this cheetah print Juicy Couture cape is a fun option. I also liked this American Apparel Kids camel cape but after my last AA experience, I have a few reservations. Also eying this Alloy Fleece Cape which is on sale for $19.99.
If navy is more your style, Brooks Brothers Girls’ has a navy cape for $150 (also sold through Bloomies). Petite-friendly brand BB Dakota also offers a cape in both solid black and plaid.
And my search will continue.