Whenever I feature a cape or a kimono jacket here on the blog or Instagram, it seems that there are three camps you fall into when it comes to this garment type.
1. You’re already a card-carrying member of the kimono/cape camp.
2. You want to join in but haven’t found the right one for you.
3. You’re not a fan. At all.
I’m hoping that today’s post has something for all camps.
But first I’ll be up front with you. I love a cape or kimono and have quite a collection now, so I’m firmly in camp no.1.
Not all designs I’ve ever tried have suited me but those that I regularly reach for do and I love wearing them.
The cape or kimono jacket really comes into its own in autumn and spring I think. The temperatures are mild but it’s not too hot to add on another layer. In fact that light extra layer maybe just the thing for a slightly cooler night.
It’s this easy layering that makes this clothing piece a wardrobe winner.
Below I’m showing you the effect of adding just one piece – a kimono jacket or cape – to a basic jeans and tee outfit. It’s an exercise you can do at home in front of the mirror.
The basic outfit
There is nothing wrong with a basic outfit – it serves a purpose – but by adding just one extra piece in a pattern and/or colour, the whole outfit is lifted up a notch or six.
Add on a cape
Blue Bungalow cape* (I’m wearing a M)
Add on a kimono jacket
Blue Bungalow kimono jacket* (I’m wearing a 14)
Add on a cape
iAllure cape* (this is a one size fits most)
Can you see what I’m talking about? It really is that simple – on a busy morning just throw on your favourite jeans (these ones are my faves by the way … ones that can you believe accidentally ended up in the Vinnies’ pile when we moved – a new pair made their way back into my wardrobe thanks to Zambezee Boutique – cannot believe I did that. I hope their new owner loves them as much as I do) and then throw on a cape.
The hardest part is finding the best capes for you. I have some tips that might help there.
1. Fabric: look for designs that drape beautifully on you. You want them to easily fall down your chest without “boxing” you out.
2. Sizing: as these garments tend to be on the more voluminous side, do try down a size or two when deciding on what works for you. The garment is worn open so as long as you are comfortable across the shoulders it will work in a smaller size.
3. Want to show the most shape? Wear something streamlined underneath a sheer fabric. A longer cape over short shorts if your legs are up for it is a great way to dress up a shorts’ outfit too.
4. Streamlined or not, make sure we can see what you’re wearing underneath. This is how we create the shape with the whole outfit.
5. Don’t give up. Just because one style doesn’t suit, move on to the next and don’t look back. You will find one that is just right for you.
So tell me, which kimono jacket/cape camp do you fall into? Found any lately that you love? Share below in the comments.
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration