I remember the first cape I ever bought. It was on clearance at Express about seven years ago. I was in college, broke and $40 was a serious splurge for me ($40 is still a splurge for me). It was such a beautiful, well made piece and my sister told me I would never regret it. I still have that cape and still wear it often. I think that day sparked an everlasting love of capes.
I began to collect capes in different colors and lengths over the years as I’d see them at thrift stores. Since they are so timeless, you can almost always find them secondhand. Capes at regular retail stores can be widely expensive, so keep an eye out at your local thrift stores for a classic coat. I spotted this camel, vintage Sears cape at Goodwill Akron on Waterloo Rd for $5 last spring. Coats are $6 at Goodwill Akron stores but I always shop with a coupon so it knocked it down to $5. I love the flat rate prices at Goodwill Akron for this very reason. A vintage, warm, stylish cape for $6 plus discounts? I’ll take it!
I bought it with the intentions of reselling but I bought it the midst of the move into our new home so it sat on the back burner for a while. I finally pulled it out this fall and fell in love with all over again. Imagine my surprise when this buttoned over my baby bump! Considering none of my coats zip or button over my bump except for one, I decided to hold on to it this winter.
Styling it has proven to be incredibly easy – my favorite combo being camel and black. Done and done! This outfit ended up being pretty thrifty: I paired it with a vintage Chanel bag I thrifted over the years for an amazing price and a pair of Steve Madden shoes I scored on mega clearance at Burlington. Also, I have to share: short girls, these cropped leggings are the PERFECT length!