Decade-old Cape

A cape is like a blanket that you can wear in public.

the J.Crew camel tipped cape

This cape felt like such a splurge to me when I ordered it pre-holiday 2011. I was in graduate school at the time, working part time for a nonprofit and part time as a graduate school assistant. Back then, I may have been a bit more picky when it came to expendable funds. This cape passed muster and became an acquisition, during a sale I am sure.

It was a smart purchase because it has held up amazingly over the past decade. The primary fiber is wool, so not only is that point for quality but it also is great for keeping me warm when a coat just won’t suffice for the occasion.

Back then, I liked to wear it as a topper over a black wool turtleneck sweater and a black wool pencil skirt to the office. These days, it tops another outfit.

the Banana Republic Factory store clio bootcut corduroy pants

I was thrilled to find a pair of tall size range Banana Republic Factory Store corduroy pants unlike anything already in my close. Emphasis on the tall size range, these have a 36 inch inseam at least.

They are marketed as bootcut, but I think these pants have more of a trouser shape. The corduroy is wide wale sans stretch, again unlike anything already in my closet. Both the wide wale and the trouser shape make the pants appear much more dressier than the thin wale bootcut corduroys that I have owned (and worn with Golden Goose sneakers) for over two years.

I am wearing these in a size 12 tall. I initially ordered a 10 tall in the orange hue, alas the style being a rigid fabric did accommodate.

cape: J.Crew • corduroy pants: Banana Republic Factory Store • shirt: J.Crew • shoes: J.Crew • handbag: Chanel • gloves: Portolano • necklace: Maya Brenner via BaubleBar • earrings: J.Crew Factory • x cuff: David Yurman • pearl cuff: David Yurman • black diamond cuff: David Yurman • signet ring: Kendra Scott • pointed ring: Kendra Scott • watch: Cartier (also here)

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