I’ve
started every fall in recent memory with a frantic cape search (one
that normally comes up empty), but got lucky this season with the
purchase of J. Crew’s Toggle Cape in Wool-Cashmere (available in two colors).


The
material is a medium-weight felted wool; it is substantial, but perhaps
best suited for moderate temperatures (40°-70°F), or with warm knits
layered underneath for the winter.

J. Crew Toggle Cape in Wool-Cashmere | Forever 21 Crossover Top (past season; similar here) | ASOS Mini Prom Skirt in Stripe (size 0; currently on sale for $15, also available in petite) | Chanel Tote | Zara Court Shoes (past season; similar here)

The cape’s design is utilitarian—none of the details (except for the toggle closures) are merely ornamental: deep side pockets are useful for keeping hands warm and for storing phones and other essentials; hidden buttons secure the cape in windy conditions; and the full-sized hood makes the cape a little more cold-weather friendly.

This
cape is only available in one size type and three sizes—XXS/S, S/M, and
L/XL. There is little to no difference in overall length, and when worn
unbuttoned, the difference between adjacent sizes are negligible. I ordered the two smaller sizes to try (comparison photos below),
and kept the smallest (though would’ve been happy to keep the S/M if
that were the only size available).


XXS/XS S/M L/XL
Chest Circumference – 1″ Below Armhole 40.75″ 44.75″ 48.75″
Sweep Circumference Along Hem Edge 60″ 64″ 68″
Acress Front 5″ Below Overarm Seam 13″ 14″ 15″
Front Body Length from Highest Point of Shoulder to Hem Edge 29″ 29″.5 30″
Center Back Length From Center Back Neck Seam to Hem Edge 28.5″ 29″ 29.5″
Top: size XXS/XS
Bottom: size S/M

As I mentioned in an earlier teaser post, I thought the smallest size looked slightly better with jeans on me (I am 5’2), but the S/M worked a little better with shorter skirts.

Top: size XXS/XS
Bottom: size S/M

This cape is on sale for 30% off with code WEDNESDAY until the end of the day, and it is a really great value at this price ($138.60). I can see it becoming a closet staple this fall.


Other picks for the storewide 30% off sale: Wool Sailor Skirt (ordered and loved!), Leather Pleated Skirt, Cable Sweater with Ruffle Sleeves, Gingham Club-Collar Boy Shirt, and Edie Top.


Happy shopping!

Other J. Crew Outerwear Picks

Double-cloth Lady Day Coat with Thinsulate® // Nordic Parka // Chateau Parka in Stadium-Cloth