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The Cape

Outer garment that is usually long and only cover the back half of the wearer.

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The Cape.

  • Mar 24, 2010
After spending the past 5 days in London I had to give you all a recap on the fashion scene there and just how fantastic those lovely Brits are. 
While here in the States we run and get our morning coffee in sweats, the students studying at uni in London grab their coffee dressed in sheer tights, high heels and something spectacular from TopShop. Never once daring to wear something as disgusting as sweats in public. They fancy their overcoats like this Fashionista below, wearing a toggled cape while out in Knightsbridge Saturday.
And shoes….the white mens-inspired oxford is all the Fashionistas are wearing with little floral flocks and peg legged trousers. Just fabulous. I became hooked on Kurt Geiger shoes while there and highly encourage you to check them out. Yes, they are a tad pricy but so worth it.
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March 24, 2010
Capes are adorable! They're very Sherlock Holmes...which is a great thing.
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I am the Founder of the college trend reporting website CollegeFashionista.com! I gain my inspiration from the looks I have seen worn on the street by my peers. I'm all about pairing vintage one of a … more
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Cape can be used to describe any sleeveless outer garment, such as a poncho, but usually it is a long garment that covers only the back half of the wearer, fastening about the neck. They were common in medieval Europe, especially when combined with a hood in the chaperon, and have had periodic returns to fashion, for example, in nineteenth century Europe. Roman Catholic clergy wear a type of cape known as a ferraiolo, which is worn for formal events outside of a liturgical context. The cope is a liturgical vestment in the form of a cape. Copes are often highly decorated with elaborate embroidery. Capes remain in regular use as rain wear in various military units and police forces, for example in France. A gas cape was a voluminous military garment designed to give rain protection to someone wearing the bulky gas masks used in twentieth century wars. In modern times, comic-book super-heroes, such as Superman and Batman, are often depicted wearing capes.

In fashion, the word cape usually refers to a shorter garment and cloak to a full-length version of the different types of garment, and though the two terms are sometimes used synonymously for full-length coverings, the shortest versions are never referred to as cloaks. The fashion cape does not cover the front to any appreciable degree. In raingear, a cape is usually a long and roomy protective garment worn to keep one dry in the rain.

In full evening dress, ladies frequently use the cape as a fashion statement, or to ...
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