Versatile Style: Modcloth Cape

Happy November, everyone! I hope your October was splendid and you’ve officially busted out your winter wardrobe pieces. I’m always particularly excited about this time of year because that means digging out all of my coats. I’m such a coat whore and pick up a few new ones every season to add to my collection. One thing that’s missing, however, is a cape. I’ve tried plenty on, but never had any luck finding a great one. Browsing the other day, I found this beauty and think it may be the answer to my prayers!
Welcome the Modcloth Look in the Letter Box Cape to the column! This cherry red cape is totally traffic-stopping and perfect for the gal who wants to make a statement. And if you were wondering, brightly-colored coats were all over the Fall 2011 runways, so this is definitely on-trend.
Made of a 50/50 wool-poly blend, this cape closes with snaps, but features a gorgeous belt in the same fabric that adds real class. It hits just at your hips and features semi-sleeves, so you won’t freeze!
I decided to show you how to wear this one to class and also for business purposes. Let’s start with class.
The bright-red of this cape is definitely center stage in this look. Choose a pair of dark, flared jeans and a neutral sweater to wear as your base. Add black flats (bonus if you can find ones with a dainty bow!), a black beanie for added casual-ness and a structured tote like this camel and black one. I skipped jewels on this one; a necklace wouldn’t be seen and earrings may get lost in your hair with the beanie.
And now a business look.
Now, first things first. Yellow pants may not fly in your workplace, but they do in mine. If you can’t get away with bright pants, choose black and a classic-colored blouse like cream or forest green. But I’m sticking with my yellow trousers here! Obviously, you’re going to want to stick to neutrals for the rest of the outfit, with black pumps and a black sheer tie-blouse. Simple, but geometric earrings are an interesting touch. Finish off with this two-tone leather and suede tote from Zara.
And there you have it! How to incorporate a bright cape into your everyday wardrobe. If this one tickled your fancy, it’s available for a steal-of-a-deal: $99.99 at Modcloth.

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