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Cape gifted from Leslie Tessler | Bangle gifted from Send the Trend

On Wearing a Cape

I just posted an interview with the wonderful designer Leslie Tessler, whose signature piece, the cape, is dazzling all who see it.

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you one of Leslie’s stunning capes that I wore with skinny jeans, boots and a sparkling woven bangle from Send the Trend.

I love capes. If you know my style; I love a stylish and sophisticated cape, more than a leather jacket. A surprising stat from my closet; I own more capes than leather jackets.

Many of you may be thinking, “how many ways can you actually wear a cape?” Common belief is that it’s difficult to wear due to its shape. But it was Leslie Tessler herself that is inspiring me to think of new ways I could wear a cape. Leslie’s passion is designing capes, when I interviewed her she said, “When people think of capes, I want them to think of Leslie Tessler.

One of readers brought up an interesting point; capes may not be for everyone. She brought up that shorter woman might need to shy away from them due to the belief that they can make them look even shorter. I don’t know if you’re able to notice in my photos but I’m pretty short, 5’3″ to be exact. I don’t feel that this cape makes me look shorter than I am. When putting outfits together, I do my best to have my outfits make me look taller and leaner. Capes can be tricky but keep in mind this rule: wear tighter bottoms with capes. Examples are: tights, skinny jeans, leggings or even shorts or a dress. Capes are top-heavy therefore the bottom half of your outfit must be slimming so the overall outfit can be flattering instead of frumpy.

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Capes require a slimming silhouette underneath or you might end up looking frumpy.
 

How do you feel about capes? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post please share with one friend!

Stay Stylish,
-V

Photos: @peterlang

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27 thoughts on “How to Wear a Cape

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    I love that cape and how fun you got to interview the designer.

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    Great tips I myself don’t own a cape for the very reasons you listed but I see and take your points it’s all about balancing those proportions.

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    Jen {Pearls and Lace}

    Oh I’m so in love with your cape! It’s so classy and perfect for the chilly winter weather!

    xo jen

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    wow, amazing outfit!! you’re so beautiful 🙂
    have a great day!

    xxx
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    Nice pics. Have a great day.

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    love love love. that cape is so pretty.

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    ewa

    Perfekt, would wear it on the same way

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    I love the cap! And your hair is super pretty too. =)

    xxoo,
    Melanie
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    Sandra

    Very nice cape! 😉
    Sandra

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    You look so beautiful in these pictures and what a gorgeous cape. I love how you’ve styled this – such a classic look!

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    Lots of love, M

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    I never had a cape but yours is just perfect. Love the bracelet too 🙂
    xo

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      Vanessa

      Thank you, happy you love it! =) You can look through Leslie Tessler’s site, there are many to choose from!

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    What a beautiful cape! Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the curls!!
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      Vanessa

      Thank you so much!

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    Anngelik

    I love that cape! I never would of thought of wearing one until now, you changed my mind!

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      Vanessa

      yay, so glad I changed your mind!

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    Beautiful cape!!

    Kisses

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    This is absolutely lovely!

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    Absolutely obsessed with this,honey,great job!;)
    xx
    B.
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    Aletha

    What a beautiful cape! Really am drawn to the the texture of the material and the fully lined inside. Lovely!

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    love the cape 🙂

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    I was wondering if that reader you’re talking about might be me 😀
    Well, what I meant was that maybe capes don’t look good on everyone, especially short people, but it doesn’t mean they don’t look good on anyone who’s short and also, it doesn’t mean it looks wonderful on everyone who’s tall. I think you look great with this one but I speak for myself, I don’t think capes fit me that well because I’m short and I feel like it cuts the shape of my body in a way that doesn’t favors me at all.
    Like you said, capes can be tricky and maybe I haven’t found one that really changes my mind yet. But I mean it, you look really good with that cape 🙂

    Love,
    Sara

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      Vanessa

      Hi Sara! Yes I was a little inspired by your comment to write some of my post. I know if can be tricky to find the perfect cape and that’s why it’s very important that you try on different styles, colors, fabrics and cuts to find the one perfect for you. Not only the cape but the entire outfit is important.

      I’m glad you like how this outfit turned out! =)

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    I AM TURQUOISE

    lovely! but i feel like a cape won’t keep me as warm as a coat

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      Vanessa

      I guess it depends on the fabric. Some are just very stylish and some can keep you very warm.

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    the cape looks gorgeous!

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