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?
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!
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.
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.
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.