Boy do I love me a cape. Why don't more women wear capes to work? Is it the fear of being compared to Sherlock Holmes? Surely the Sherlock connection means that if there was anywhere you should wear a cape that place would be London. I could think of worse things to be compared to frankly and besides, I hear clever is the new sexy thanks to the reinvention of Sherlock by Benedict Cumberlatch. Apart from allowing you to cut a dramatic figure wherever you wear it, a sharply tailored cape is the perfect garment for a professional woman flying around trying to be Superwoman! That's been me lately with a schedule going something like this: work, teach a class, rehearse, eat, sleep, wake up, repeat. My feet have hardly hit the floor and I 've been out of blogland completely.
Where have the weeks gone? I completely missed London Fashion Week this year as trying to fit in attending was unthinkable with a day job, performing in a flamenco show that same weekend and having to meet work deadlines. I feel really behind the fashion curve at the moment as for the first time in years I have no idea what the next Autumn/Winter season holds. It seems to be the way that when you are busiest and least need it life throws you a few curveballs to cope with - all at once!
Apart from dealing with the aftermath of being burgled and sorting out the insurance claim, since my last post the old computers which we revamped to reconnect for emergency internet access have been dying on us at a rate of knots. So Mr V and I have been squabbling for time on the last one left standing. Where I work there is strictly no access to social media or personal email accounts so my time on the internet has been sorely limited (strangely the flat is also now very tidy...). I've also been working weekends as work has become quite demanding of late and if that wasn't enough, I've had to deal with a pressing health issue which meant a short turn in hospital - nothing serious but it does make you stand back and take a big gasp for air after trying to juggle everything and take it all in. So I am all for a bit of superhero chic to bouy me up at the moment!
We currently don't have a single functioning camera in the Veshoevius household either as I dropped my small Canon Ixus on holiday in Australia whereupon it stopped working and Mr V's got stolen. So I've not had the chance to blog my winter wardrobe and it seems (fingers crossed) that winter is nearly over. You haven't missed much - we had a horrible long cold snap in London and I wore black wool, black shearling and more black shearling on top - for days on end! I looked like a walking animal hide. I even gave in and bought black shearling Ugg boots and one of those horrible shearling trapper hats!
But more recently it's been very mild and we've even had some glorious sunny days. The top photo was taken of me on one such day by Mr V on his iPhone when we met for a crafty Friday lunch in a City gastropub. I must say I don't get on with Apple products in general but the quality of the photos the iPhone camera takes are really impressive. Compare to one taken on my work Blackberry post intensive work with Photoshop:
Rubbish really. Doesn't do this cape justice at all. The dramatic collar, the smart leather trim, the glossy satin lining in a diagonal navy stripe - it all gets a bit lost in pixelated glumness.
I admit cape wearing is not without it's challenges. They are not great cover ups when it is very cold as their billowing shape allows the cold air to roll up and hit you when walking. Best avoided when windy! The ideal times to wear one are during those trans-seasonal periods when temperatures are milder, such as early Autumn, or around now, when the long awaited thaw-out from Winter is giving way to early Spring.
Other cape related conundrums are how to carry a handbag and what to do with your arms. The bag can't go over your shoulder as you ruin the line of the cape by rucking it up under the handle, so carrying your bag in the crook of one arm is the only way to go. Whilst this does look very ladylike, it means that if you're like me and carry your life around in your handbag, you can expect a very sore arm by the end of the day. The ideal bag to accompany a cape would be one of those elegant large envelope clutches, but just try fitting your life into one of those without causing it to bulge unattractively!
This cape unfortunately doesn't have pockets to jam one's inactive hand into, resulting in my free arm veering between flailing around aimlessly and self consciously crossing over to drape over the other arm. Despite these drawbacks, capes are fun, not least because they force you to up your game and be a bit dressier. I found I had to go for a lacy tight and a smart lace up patent shoe boot to finish the look.
Very pleased too that I waited to get this beauty on sale, as I'm sure with the morning chill set to continue for a good couple of months there will be plenty of occasions to whip it out. Oh yes, still managed to get some online shopping done despite all the internet challenges - I mean come on, how could I resist? They are having final reductions! Priorities ladies, priorities!
Cape: Sportmax; Tights: Wolford; Bag: Michael by Michael Kors; Shoes: D&G