*FYI - the Banana Republic Anna Karenina lace dress in this post was just restocked online in all petite sizes (please note I shortened the hem and tapered the skirt). Thanks, Rosie, for the tip : )*
Just a quick post today showing last month's $13 "fun" purchase in action. I love the flowy lines of capes and the functionality of classic trenches - so this combination piece was perfect for testing out the silhouette. This jacket is currently sold out online, but may still be in stores. See this post for details on how to search/order.
While in store, I also tried on the knit Textured Swing Jacket (just $15.50 w/ code GETSTARTED for 30-35% off) but didn't have time to snap photos. The texture is like a thick marled knit, and the black and white color scheme is chic and grown up. You can wear it easily over jeans/leather leggings or with red slacks or a black skirt & tights to work. This L(10) looked very shrunken on me, so if you are similarly-sized I'd suggest an XL(12). My only qualm was that a true swing jacket should have the option to only close the top part, versus a zipper going from the bottom up.
Gap Kids Twill Cape in "Wild Hibiscus" size M(8) vs. L(10):
While previously browsing online, I was also intrigued by this simple twill cape (just $25 after coupon) - the pocketed design has the makings of a classic cold-weather piece spiced up with a punch of poppy red, and may look even better with a button change.
Twill texture (not lined) is less wrinkle-prone than the trench, and is light to medium weight. It was hard to find the perfect size because of the placement of the armholes. I liked the amount of cape fabric of the M(8) shown on the left, but it was obviously made for a shorter child because my arms could only hang t-Rex style out of the high holes. A L(10) fit better in that aspect, but had more fabric and longer length. This cape goes up to girls size XXL, so it may fit taller women as well.
I liked all three finds, but only left with the trench ( the other two were also full price at the time). If you're a shorter woman interested in trying out the cape silhouette, the kids department is a great place to start. The cuts are smaller so petite frames are less overwhelmed, and the price points are better for an experimental item. Certain kids clothing will rarely work for a woman's body (ie. more tailored items like blazers), but a cape is very forgiving.