Wool Cape Season

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**Sheinside cape c/o, 7FAMK jeans, AV booties (similar on sale in sz 5+, extra 15% off w/ VETDAY), Prada tote

**Update: A few readers have mentioned problems with shipping times, live chat questions, as well as returning or exchanging items with Sheinside customer service, which is unfortunate. As a result, please be warned and order at your own risk.**

I’m not sure what it is about capes that keeps drawing me in – maybe it’s the easy silhouette that’s been around for centuries, or just the comfort of wearing a big blanket-like garment once temperatures drop. I tried sewing one from scratch, but upon getting to the lining and collar, realized that I had undertaken a project a bit beyond my current skill level. After giving up, I browsed around online for a classic neutral-colored one and stumbled upon this option.
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Urban Outfitters world watch (now avail. in 3 leather strap colors), Essie “Hot Coco” polish

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This cape met all of my requirements (including a back pleat, holes for the arms to come out, pockets to keep hands warm) except the fur was unfortunately not detachable. I do think the trim is cute, but it’s a little much for me on more casual days. After shopping around some more without finding a better option, I decided to DIY remove the trim and possibly make it attach/detach-able using a row of buttons. To remove it, you can use small scissors to cut the threads attaching the two halves of the hood that have the fur sandwiched in-between. After taking the trim out, I then hand-sewed the two pieces of hood shut again per this easy ladder-stitch tutorial. I imagine the buttons will take a few hours (saving the task for a rainy day perched in front of the TV), but an adjustment like this is something a tailor should be able to do for most coats.
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This is my first time receiving something Sheinside and I wasn’t sure what to expect. As with other Asian retailers that I’ve worked with in the past, the items appear to come from a multitude of brands/vendors so sizing can vary from item to item. Sizes offered are also more generic – this cape comes in S, M, L with the measurements listed out online in cm. The cape was shipped within 24 hours after it was ordered, and took 9 days (7 business days) to arrive with the free standard shipping from China. Update: Based on feedback from several of you, it seems the average delivery period is a longer 3 weeks.

The fit shown here is of a size S. It has padded shoulders, which help the cape look a little more structured. The shoulders fit me fine over a thicker sweater, but may be too wide for anyone with a smaller frame. The cape is  fully lined, and the outer material is a medium-weight wool blend (30% wool, 70% poly) with some stretch. Color is described as “camel” online, but is more beige brown with slight pink undertones in-person.

Measurements of a S: 14.5″ across the shoulder (15.5″ including width of shoulder pads), 23.5″ long, 36″ wide across the bottom when fully extended.
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I think the key to finding capes for petite figures is to pay attention to length as well as volume. I chose a shorter cape that hit just at my hips, and the addition of armholes in this design allow me to “hug it in” and keep the cape from billowing out too freely.
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Below is another classic cape option that I tried on from Brooks Brothers kids (please pardon the blurry pic!). The largest I could find in-store was a sz L – the neck was snug on me once buttoned up, and the length was a tad short for someone 5 feet tall. I did however love the quality and weight of the 100% wool, and there are XL’s available online for anyone interested.

Brooks Brothers girls Melton cape in navy – free ship, use code VET20OFF for 20% off
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66 thoughts on “Wool Cape Season

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Hi Tricia! I unfortunately didn't take any photos and am regretting it! I just started snipping the little seams that hold the hood and fur in place, and before I knew it finished snipping around the length of the hood and the fur just came out. You do have to hand-stitch the hood shut again though (as I tried to describe above, imagine a sandwich where the inside and outside of the hood are the two bread pieces, and the fur is wedged inside and then all three layers are stitched together) which I followed the linked tutorial for. I haven't done the buttons yet, but imagine using about 6-7 buttons along the length of the hood and making small holes in the strip of fabric attached to the fur to correspond to each button. If I ever do get to that step (am enjoying the cape very much sans-fur trim), I will be sure to take photos to share.

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Hi there – the tag on the cape says "30% wool, 70% polyester" and I imagine the lining is probably all poly. I wish Asian fashion retailers in general would provide more material composition and other details in their listings!

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Thank you! And these were taken at the Arnold Arboretum just outside of Boston – we love visiting every year : )

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Hi Kitch! I just converted that to Fahrenheit and would say that this cape is definitely not warm enough for 30ish degree F weather. It's more suited for mild winters or fall in the northeast, which is sadly ending soon! Also, even in more mild weather, the nature of a cape is very flowy so air travels up from the bottom and throughout, so I'd recommend wearing a thick sweater or layer underneath.

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

    It's from urban outfitters, called the around the world watch.

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for chiming in, Jessy! I don't have any other items from this store, but as mentioned previously, they're not a manufacturer and it looks like items come from all different vendors and manufacturers. As a result, I'd unfortunately would expect some variation and inconsistency in sizing from product to product.

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Hi there – sorry I didn't get to this sooner! I just did a post on the sizing but they are currently sold out (pretty sure there will be popbacks, though). They are described as weatherproof and wearable in the rain and snow, but the website specifies that the zipper areas are not completely water-proof. I do plan on wearing them in light rain and snow instead of clunkier rubber boots, but probably not in downpours.

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Yes, good eye! One of my favorite places to visit around this time of year : )

  • Jean November 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Thank you! Just Photoshop : )

  • Michelle Lynn November 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

    A university stealing your photos is truly appalling. Ironic and appalling. They should be ashamed. I hope they take them down and apologize. An institution of higher education should SET standards not ignore the law. Sad.

  • Anonymous November 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Love the cape. Love the blog. Thanks, Jean, for all the great fashion advice over the years. My only disappointment is that the fur lining is real raccoon. I would have bought it otherwise. I know that Jean took the collar off, but purchasing it still drives demand. Raccoons are cute just as they are. We don't need to wear them.

  • Anonymous November 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    How did you afford the prada bag?? I really want it cannot justify that. Do you know anywhere that might have special sales? Thanks!

  • Unknown November 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Yes please do share the photos and description for the buttons and holes!! -Jessica

    P.S love your blog

  • Vivian January 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Jean! I ordered the cape from Sheinside. I checked the order status today and it's still processing. I ordered it Sunday and it's Wednesday now… And I googled Sheinside reviews and found a lot of complaints and bad reviews. In worried about my order, I'm worried I have to wait a month before it arrive. But on your blog, you said it was shipped within 24hr! And mine is processing for 3 days now. Anyone have the same experience?

  • Jean January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Vivian, I ordered through their blogger contact and did get a shipping confirm within 24 hours. Based on what some other shoppers have told me since then, I've learned that it may take 3 weeks on average for standard free shipping orders to arrive. I'm very disappointed to hear this…I will continue to wear the two pieces I already received from them but have discontinued working with the company because that's really poor customer service. I'm sorry for having misled you in any way…I assumed the experience I had would be similar to that for their regular customers, and again am disappointed that that's not the case.

  • JessP January 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Hi Jean, I love the olive jeans you're wearing – do you happen to have a link?
    I'm reading all your old posts! 🙂

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