You might think my first posting would be about umbrellas, but its not. I want to write a timely piece about winter capes, which most women sadly don’t own.
Last year women all over NYC and other places were wearing large, poncho, blanket-like capes. I haven’t seen as many this year, which is kind of a shame. Though I get it because in someways they weren’t practical once you got in doors. If you got too hot you were suddenly like Linus stuck holding onto a big blanket.
Not knowing that capes were going to be less popular this year, I picked up for my boutique cropped wool cape-ponchos by Fidelity. They’re made in America and I liked the crop aspect, particularly for petite women like myself for whom large capes and ponchos were almost a no go.
After owning my little red riding hood like cape for several weeks now both indoors at the shop and traveling, I have fallen in love even more with this kind of cape.
Take away points about: Cropped Wool Capes that can be unbuttoned and worn like an open jacket or a poncho
They act as a nice, cute outerwear piece during the warmer fall weather. Being cropped they’re a bit more figure flatting than larger ponchos.
When Jack Frost comes around, Cropped Capes work well over your jacket or coat as a wind breaking layer against cold winter winds. *
Being able to be unbuttoned allows you to regulate heat when indoors
Sweaters can sometimes to be too warm for indoors and a poncho cape provides the right amount of warmth.
When you’re in extra cold places where they don’t seem to heat the indoors, like England, they make for a perfect 3rd or 4th layer over your thermal layer, your top, and or your sweater.
Ponchos with buttons down the front but no buttons on the side to turn the poncho into a jacket are not as practical.
Capes with hoods are generally preferred. Hoods typically make the piece more stylish and certainly more practical. Not everybody likes to carry a hat or ear coverings around. Or sometimes we just forget to. Plus many jackets and coats people wear (like pea-coats and leather jackets) don’t have a hood, so the cape may as well since it’s serving as a final layer of warmth.
While the Fidelity Cropped Wool Cape doesn’t have pockets, pockets could be nice if they don’t add too much bulk
*Extra Tip: choose form fitting winter jackets withonly enough room for one sweater & a thin top. This will make you look more flattering than going around like the Michelin Man or somebody wearing a big puffy sleepingbag for a coat. Then use a cape for extra warmth on exceptionally cold days or invest into terrific thermo micro layers. (Future blog posting on picking a jacket to come)