Sunday, August 12, 2012

How do you pose in a cape?


I bought this cape at the op shop the other day. I liked the colour but it was really long and I already have a long cape. Since it doesn't have a lining I just cut the bottom off just below the last button. I think it's handmade because there's no tag. The person who made it lined up the stripes pretty well so it was easy to hem. I just folded along one of the lines.


 Weirdly enough, I bought this cape at the same place I found my long cape. There were a couple of other capes for sale there the other day too. It must be some kind of cape hot spot.



It's kind of hard to take photos wearing a cape. I can't do my usual hands on hips pose for obvious reasons and the slits make your arms hang forward so all the photos look awkward. Well, more so than usual anyway. In real life I liked it better with the belt but looking at these photos, I think I like it better without.

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  1. I love the shortened version- especially your styling. I think dog walking action shot perhaps?

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    1. Thanks. Ah yes, dog walking action shot would have worked. Sadly, I don't have a dog.

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  2. I have never had a cape before! Lots of ponchoes but never a cape!
    I'm on the look out now - pity I can't get to that hotspot!

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    1. That's a shame. Everyone should have a cape. Maybe you'll find a cape hot spot on your op shopping adventures.

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  3. Maaaaaaaan, your posts make me miss Chch opshops SO much. Also you look adorable and I love your raspberry beret

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    1. ChCh op shops are so good. I will miss them too when I eventually leave. Thanks!

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  4. I'm loving a bit of cape action! It looks great styled with or without the belt. I love the collar. I have one that belonged to my Nana, but I feel like a bad version of a super hero in it & I'm not so sure I can pull it off!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure your cape doesn't make you look like a bad version of a super hero. It can be hard to know how to wear them though.

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  5. Oh you look just gorgeous in a cape sweet. I think with this tartan it's much belter shorter. The red beret is perfect.
    Love v

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I think the tartan would be a bit overwhelming with it long. I've been inspired by all the berets you've been rocking all winter.

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  6. I've got an obscene amount of capes and I love them. I can pose in them just fine but get a trifle perplexed when I comes to figuring out how to carry my bag!
    You look brilliant. I think it looks equally fab with or without the belt! x

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    1. Yes, I did wonder about how I was going to carry my bigger bags. It's okay with a small bag that I can carry in my hand but it's a pain in the arse not being able to wear a shoulder bag.

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    2. Sorry to but in, but my mum wears her bag under her cape.

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    3. That's a good idea. I'll have to try that next time I wear my capes.

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  7. Lovely cape! I only have the one which I wore to a Victorian event, I haven't had the nerve to wear it since!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, they can be quite intimidating to wear. I must admit I don't wear my long one much because I just don't know what to wear it with.

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    2. My mum has no such problem with capes, she has a short gothic inspired one which she wears with almost floor length black skirts!

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  8. I have a couple of capes, one belted and one not. Yours is a gorgeous colour, and looks fab either way! xx

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    1. Thanks! I had to buy it because of the colour/pattern.

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  9. I love capes sooooo much, but like Vix I never know how to hold my handbag. I love it with the belt, I've never thought to put a belt on mine, I'm going to try it. X

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    1. Yeah, I think the only thing you can do is use a small bag that you can carry in your hand or maybe wear something underneath with pockets in it? Thanks. I wore the belt because I saw one with a built in belt that I liked.

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  10. Love the cape, and great styling.

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  11. O!!! I adore capes,and this is a beauty!I prefer shorter,although I suppose long could be fun too.
    Cape hot spot?!My ears are pricked!
    Must be about time we organise an opshopping expedition again?
    XXX

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, I think shorter is better. Long is kind of overwhelming, especially when you're short like me. I got it at Brighton Savemart. They had about 3 capes there when I went. Yes, we should definitely go op shopping sometime soon.

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  12. I love this cape - seriously, you guys have the BEST op shops in Christchurch!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I didn't used to think we had very good ones but after going to some op shops in other places, I think we do.

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  13. great cape, love the makeover you gave it. Isabella and I got lost for more than an hour in the Brighton Savemart when we visited a few years ago. I am on the look out for an old nurses cape, got one off Trademe last week but it must have fitted a rather broad shouldered buxom nurse because it is just too big.

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    1. Thanks! Brighton Savemart is easy to get lost in. It's a pretty great op shop. That's a shame that it was too big. I'll keep a look out when I'm op shopping for one for you but I don't think I've ever seen a nurses cape at an op shop.

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  14. It's a beautiful cape, you find some really wonderful items :)) x

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  15. In 60s fashion shoots they always stand to the side with arms in a sort of robot fashion when wearing capes... You could try that. Or copy Helga! She's Queen of capes! Great job done on shortening it, it looks great

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    1. I'll have to try standing like a robot next time. Yes, Helga sure knows how to wear a cape. Thanks!

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  16. You look adorable! I've never ventured into capes myself, but this is a great look on you.

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