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First of all, we are talking capes here – NOT ponchos or ruanas. For some reason they all seem to get lumped together, maybe because there is some degree of practical difficulty in wearing all of them. Back to CAPES though: a cape has an opening that fastens in the front and has slits on the seams for one’s arms. For me they represent a style challenge. They’re everywhere, people:
Evening dresses with build-in capes! Where are her arms??
Jumpsuits with attached capes! What an ordeal to go to the restroom!
Why, you might ask, do I find them so vexing? I’ll walk you through my pros and cons.
- Warmer than no coat at all
- Often made of lovely wintery fabrics
- Reminiscent of fairy tale royalty or Red Riding Hood
- Useful to wear over bulky jackets and sweaters
- BARELY warmer than no coat at all
- Make it hard to carry a handbag crossbody or even on your shoulder
- Fashion for fashion’s sake – kinda like 6 inch heels
- No sleeves
OK, OK I’m a curmudgeon. Capes just seem like impractical winter outerwear to me. I CAN see the point of ponchos and ruanas – both are typically more flexible and warmer than a cape design.
There COULD be a few cute capes around – and I’m quite sure not everyone agrees with my personal assessment…
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