I watch a great deal of Masterpiece Mystery! because that’s how we roll at my house. The eternally damp English countryside, the halcyon days of stables, gardens, and hand-spun fabrics fill me with the desire to wrap up in style. I happen to love a good cape. They’re ever so classic and sophisticated. Amidst all of the color blocking and faux fur swirling around this season, the emergence of the cape is a breath of fresh air.
I’ve worn capes with tweed pants, slim dresses, skinny jeans, you name it. But right now, I long to pair one with a pencil skirt and some sky-high retro mary janes. The addition of driving gloves and a cloche works even at the risk of being too period; however, if you are concerned with looking like Miss Marple’s primary suspect, you could skip either. Avoid statement jewelry: you don’t want chunky accessories on the neck and arms with all that material going on up top. A rose gold slim bracelet watch epitomizes ladylike vintage. And keep in mind that a satchel with handles is best since a shoulder bag or crossbody can prove maddening with a cape. Keep the makeup simple with winged liner. While I prefer natural formulas, Stila nailed easy application and all day wear with their liquid liner.
If I could end up with any of these items, I confess an intense desire for those earrings. They are in themselves a taste of Mystery!