For years I’ve carried on a romance with the notion of capes. It began when I use to dream about being a princesses as a little girl. When princesses ran and walked, their dramatic exits were always accentuated by the ethereal flow of their capes. Remember when Elsa from the movie Frozen sang her triumphant “Let It Go” song and unceremoniously flung her cape behind her as she walked into her castle? Her free-flowing cape became associated with her new-found freedom.
On the practical side, capes were the only women’s outerwear used in colonial and medieval times that could accommodate enormous skirts without smashing them flat like deflated balloons. To me, if a beautiful dress was to be covered up, it had better be with an even more spectacular cape.
While my yearning for fairy tale endings might have diluted with age, my love for fairy tale dresses and capes did not. To prove it, one of my first purchases when I got my first credit card was a classic wool navy color cape with silver chain closure across the neckline inspired by a portrait I saw of one of the royal princesses of Great Britain. To this day, I still have the cape hanging in my closet. This cape has probably only seen the light of day a few times since I acquired it. Until now, it was just not that prevalent and not quite fashionable.
In recent years, I’ve observed an increasing number of cape designs and its evolution into cape dresses. From everyday brands to couture designers, this style is clearly making a huge comeback. I believe that the popularity of dolman sleeves has helped to bring this fashion back in style. The over-sized sleeve style makes it nearly impossible to wear any traditional outerwear. While dolman sleeves is not quite my style of choice, I am grateful for its contribution in bringing capes and caplets back into fashion.