November 4th, 2011
Claire's Life, Fashion News, Style Diary
Style Diary: Caps & Capes
By Claire

Happy Friday!
Last night I headed out to dinner in Tribeca, but took a slight detour beforehand to catch the sunset by the Pier. For a crisp autumn day, I decided to hop on the cape trend by throwing a Via Spiga Asymmetrical Cape over an Elizabeth & James button down and Seven for all Mankind Jeggings (adding a belt for definition):

I topped the simple fall look with my favorite new acquisition: a Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Wool Fedora.

Sure black and black can be a bit boring, so I accented the look with a vintage snakeskin oversized clutch and a touch of Ruby Woo lipstick:

I also added just a bit of sparkle with a pair of Bling Hoops from Shop Loveys

Along with a Kenneth Jay Lane leopard ring, bling bangles, and a metallic mani from Polish Bar of Brooklyn:

And there you have it:

What do you think?

Outfit Deets: Asymmetrical Cape, Via Spiga. Fedora, Rag & Bone. Shirt, Elizabeth & James. Jeggings, Seven for All Mankind. Boots, Joan & David. Purse, Vintage. Hoops, Shop Loveys.

Photos by Marta McAdams.

*This Style Diary was 100% inspired by our posts Try a Fall 2011 Trend: Wide Brimmed Fedoras, 5 Fall 2011 Trends, and Style Inspiration: What to Wear for a College Visit.

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45 Responses to “Style Diary: Caps & Capes”

  1. Nakia says:

    Hi Claire,

    As usual you look great! I have that cape, I purchased it during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale.

  2. Ashley says:

    Cute claire!!! Love that cape :)

  3. Ladyshawann says:

    That hat is setting it OFF! As my mom would say ” I know you’re turning heads”

  4. Martinique_Fr says:

    Claire, you look fantastic! I love every single piece of your ensemble. That cape and the fedora are a fabulous touch; and I really like your metallic mani and the ring.

  5. SHAQ NICHOLE says:

    Diva Claire!!! Always doing it New York style. Love it!!

  6. TicaPica says:

    I love this look! When I see a black hat, a cape and boots I think: ZORRO! haha, all you need is the eye mask and a sword! guess you can find fashion inspiration from anywhere and anyone (I mean, if the pirate or gladiator look can be de mode…)!

  7. Ahsikal78 says:

    Beautiful style.

  8. Claire says:

    @TicaPica I was afraid I was looking too much like Sherlock Holmes! LOL
    @Everyone thank ya, as always, for being so kind.

  9. Dobe says:

    Cute! Love the metallic mani.

  10. KBS says:

    Grown girl swag.

  11. Nicole says:

    Lovely Claire!

    SN:…I think I may be too short for a cape…. so I dont know how I could make that work, but I love the look!

  12. Dee says:

    Jealous!! I want a cape!!

  13. Jaida says:

    I was just thinking about finding a brimmed fedora to wear to some of my alma mater’s homecoming festivities too! I love it!

  14. Nubia says:

    Loveeeeeeee your style!!!!

  15. Sing says:

    You look marvelous.

  16. TicaPica says:

    haha! sherlock holmes rocks! Makes me wonder if Men’s cape coats could be the next big thing…yay or nay?
    I have from my Nan, a dark blue wool cape with a tartan lining, which I only ever wear to go for long walks in the woods/rambling

  17. African Mami says:

    Dope, but I don’t like the belt. The cape was a statement piece by itself.

  18. Erica B. says:

    Love the fedora and the cape! The entire ensemble is FLY!

  19. Myssdee says:


  20. Nana says:

    WERK! Love it!

  21. Zoe says:

    What about the boots? Who are those by? Love the ENTIRE look!

  22. Tifani says:

    Girl, you look super-fly!! I’m a hat lover so that fedora your rockin’ is like the icing on that sweet cake ( you’re outfit!). I’m so lovin’ you’r style!!!!!!!!

  23. Humble says:

    I love the look Claire, just fab! Who makes your shoes?

  24. TonTeezy says:

    Looking good!

  25. Chimee says:

    Really like this look therefore im gonna copy! lol

  26. Claire says:

    Thankyou @Chimee go ahead gurl + the boots are by ASOS :)

  27. Claire says:

    Not sure who this @Claire imposter is leaving comments as me (hilarious!!) but the boots are by Joan & David, I got them last season at Macy’s. Thanks everyone again. I plan on wearing my hat constantly.

  28. KisE says:

    hmmm, too many accessories and the boots are a bit chunky, the hat and the earrings are a bit much! the shirt, leggings an open belt-less cape would’ve been better :) A for effort though!

  29. Kimmoy says:

    You look great Claire! Love every single piece individually and the way you put it all together. Just curious, how tall are you? You look really tall in the 2nd pic.

  30. Jihan says:

    Fake Claire is for me the second most hilarious comment today.

  31. lola says:


  32. As always Claire. You be killin em.. I adore your whole ensemble!! Ans your nails are HOT!!!

  33. As always Claire. You be killin em.. I adore your whole ensemble!! And*** your nails are HOT!!!

    Soz for the 1st typo..

  34. kitty says:

    thinner ! yei!! like, try with different boots.

  35. fashionislife~ says:

    LOVE IT!!

  36. Humble_DIVA says:


  37. krystel says:

    i love everything about this…so chic and classy Claire

  38. sun.kissed says:

    LOL at the fake Claire. What’s that about? You know you’ve made it when people are pretending to be you!

  39. Mingas says:

    Oh-Ma-Gahh… you look great. that lipstick, really? love it!
    Love the fedora, love the cape, and those legs i should stop talking about them but I just cant. You make me wanna pick up on my diet yesterday.
    Ok thats it tomorrow im hitting the gym :P

  40. grw5459 says:

    Looking like a real Fashionista Claire! I likes!

  41. Nneka says:

    OMG i am not usually a cape lover but this is a fantastic look! Top to Bottom, two thumbs up

  42. CJ says:


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