I've been having an ongoing cape dilemma. You see, I bought this pattern last winter. I think the short little capelet (view #2) is darling. But when I try to imagine myself actually wearing it, I'm afraid I'd look a tad ridiculous. (In an adorable Mary Poppins sort of way perhaps, but ridiculous nonetheless.) I mean, where am I going to wear a capelet? To the office? Granted, I work in a very artsy environment, but I still don't think I'd be able to take myself seriously at work while wearing a tiny cape. I mean, really.
But just a couple weeks ago, I found myself with another capelet pattern. Well, in fairness, I bought the pattern you see below strictly for the dress - I love the shape of the midriff. But yet again, I found myself inexplicably drawn to the idea of the capelet.
Isn't it fantastic in that blue and white check with the green cummerbund? Still, I have a gut feeling that this is a style that works best on illustrations, not people.
I decided I needed some empirical evidence to back up my beliefs on the matter. So, I was browsing in Anthropologie on a lunch break the other day, and tried on this little cape:
Looks cute on the dress form, right? It did not look so cute on me. The widest part fell precisely at my waist - this didn't exactly create a flattering silhouette, if you see what I mean. But still . . . if a capelet fell above the elbow, would this problem be solved? Or are capes just not a wearable style for the modern gal?
Capes: yea or nay, ladies?