It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of layering when it comes to giving an outfit a lift.
The problem is that in summer that’s not something that comes easily as it can be too damn hot to even think of adding any extra layers.
On these days I tend to layer with accessories. A necklace goes a long way.
But there is one clothing piece that is your summer layering friend.
I’m not talking Batman or Superman here. I’m talking a short-sleeved garment that acts like a jacket but in a floaty-I-can-still-breathe-kind-of-way.
Today I’m featuring a cape from Australian and Victorian-based label Elm.
(Elm is a specialist in quality knitwear and natural fibres. It uses exclusive, artistic prints in designs that flatter and are timeless. Elm doesn’t have an online store but welcomes retail inquiries via its Facebook page.)
This cape ticks all my boxes in the summer style department not least because it adds a pop of colour – much like I’d ask of a scarf or accessory at another time of the year.
Elm cape $119.95
I love that with a cape like this I can pop the lightest of light camis underneath, keep my cool and keep covered without sweating from places one shouldn’t sweat from.
It’s a versatile wardrobe piece that could be worked with shorts, jeans or a streamlined shift dress. I love that the design and the print is adaptable in that way.
If you follow along with #everydaystyle you’ll know that I just can’t get enough of these Country Road utility pants I’m wearing with the cape. Miss SY has them too. They are light enough to wear when it’s hot but still help you feel a little bit dressed up.
You may be lucky to still find this colour in your local store – online this style is still available in other colours.
Thoughts on a cape as a summer wardrobe essential? Have these pants in your wardrobe?
* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration