Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Vintage style: a charming knitted cape

I have wanted a knitted cape for absolutely ages. Wonderfully 50s and quite simply a way to make any outfit adorable, in my eyes. However, if you can't knit (knitting a bad 'square' when I was 10 is the extent of my talents) and you can't find an original, it's quite difficult to get your hands on one. 

Or so it had been... But then, finally, one of my favourite shops had the genius to recreate new capes from authentic patterns. And then they were even more brilliant and put them in the sale!

Collectif Millie Cape

Collectif Annette cape
So different, I just love them. I chose the navy version of the Annette cape, thinking that the darker colour would mean I could wear it year-round. It's actually surprisingly warm as an extra layer - I wasn't expecting to get any kind of benefit other than, well, aesthetic from it.

And just for a bit of fun, I thought I'd demonstrate how it could work with a complete smart 50s day look.

50s knit cape based on original pattern

original 50s cape pattern
Cape: Collectif
Navy t-shirt (underneath): Forever 21
Skirt: George at Asda
Shoes: Limited Edition, Marks & Spencer
Lipstick: So Chaud, Mac (matte)


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