Not (Only) Heroes Wear Capes

As the weather turns chill and those autumn winds start to blow, many of us are pulling the coats and mittens out of the closet. If you’re like me, you may be disappointed to find that your trusty pea coat has seen better days. While shopping for a replacement I was frustrated with the lack of stylish modern jackets. Of course, you can always turn to the pages of Etsy to find a fantastic vintage coat for your fall wardrobe. But then I came across something truly unique: a vintage cape. Thick black wool and snazzy clasps made this piece just POP. Why not trade in your everyday jacket for a nod to our Victorian ancestors, and add a cloak or cape to your closet?

Antique Victorian Velvet CapeAntique Victorian Velvet Cape from Roselein Rarities

Tapping into the growing trend towards velvet burnout (very boho!), this stunning cape from Roselein Rarities is an authentic Victorian piece that is truly timeless. Perhaps the best part about buying a cape is that you don’t need to spend nearly as much time worrying about fit – one size fits most!

Vintage Crochet Baby Girl CapeletVintage Crochet Baby Girl Capelet from Baby Tweeds

Cloaks aren’t just for ladies! Kids really love twirling in the leaves, especially if they can keep warm and superhero-like in their favorite cape. This lovely little piece from Baby Tweeds would make a fantastic baby shower or holiday gift – the soft white and adorable tassels are perfect for a one-of-a-kind gift that’s sure to be treasured for years to come.

Vintage 1950s Fawn Pink CapeVintage 1950s Fawn Pink Cape from Mary Beth Hale

Who says that your winter wear needs to be black or white? Back in the 1950s, outdoor wear for ladies came in every color under the sun – bright yellows, rusty oranges, forest greens. This pink cape from Mary Beth Hale is perfect if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Long and luxurious, the satin lining is just one extra touch of vintage class.

Black Antique Victorian CapeBlack Antique Victorian Cape from Happy Fortune Vintage

Of course a shawl doesn’t need to be your only autumn accessory. Take this elbow-length Victorian piece from Happy Fortune Vintage – the shorter length is a bit easier for those accustomed to jackets to get used to, and it’s easy to layer over sweaters and top with a scarf. I envision this piece sitting draped atop a thin white knit top, black leather gloves accenting a black silk infinity scarf.

Whether you’re hoping to accent your wardrobe with a bit of bygone era, spruce up a period-perfect costume, or just channel your inner superhero, the capes and shawls offered by sellers of Vintage and Main are sure to fit every closet!

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Erika is the owner of La Roux Vintage. When not out scouring the greater Boston area for vintage home decor, she can be found running, painting, teaching herself to play the accordion and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
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Erika is the owner of La Roux Vintage. When not out scouring the greater Boston area for vintage home decor, she can be found running, painting, teaching herself to play the accordion and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

22 Replies to “Not (Only) Heroes Wear Capes”

  1. I so love vintage coats and must have about 6 in my closet right now. These pretty capes gives me something else to look for this winter. What lovely choices.
    Thanks Erika for the inspiration and Congrats to the Shops with these awesome finds.

  2. Back when I used to sew, I fashioned myself a cape. There’s something about the silhouette of a cape that makes the wearer feel special. And such great (vintage) examples here. Thank you for sharing, Erika!

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