We have discussed so far in another thread why capes got out of fashion for men
( see another contribution I wrote).
Now capes are back again on the catwalks, hanging on the shoulders of male models.
But back on the catwalks does not mean they are back in the street.
And in how many shops for men's fashion can you buy already a cape ?
I live in the Netherlands and I actually I know none ( but it might come however......may be in the PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam where the chique buy their clothes )
The matter is : when I wear a cape as a man, I mostly get positive feedback
although I only follow my taste ( see my album Cape - only) and do mostly not ask for feedback.
So : no worry. I have found out you survive nowadays
if you dare to walk as a man in the street wearing a cape.
On the contrary : I can even say most people like it.
Now the question : what obstacles are there for other men to throw themselves in that adventure?
I am not talking about men who do not like capes for whatever reason.
That 's OK. Tastes can differ. Its allrigth. Do not wear capes if you do not like them. No problem.
I am talking about men who do like capes but do not dare to buy them or to wear them.
That is why I place this question : what kind of obstacles do you have to confront ?
If you like capes : what considerations do you have to buy one and wear one, or not doing this ?
And if you decide to buy a cape : on what occassions do you wear it ?
Are there also different styles in combining and wearing capes ?
(Casual - "dandy" - "gentleman" - "rock" - formal ?)
I think one reason men do not buy or wear capes in big numbers,
is that there are not many examples available - for instance pictures on the internet -
how you can combine a cape with other clothes.
Another thing is : What kind of cape do you choose for which kind of occassion ?
For this reason I posted on my profile some pictures of myself, wearing a cape ( see album "Cape - only ") .
I think that men who like capes need some support in these questions. See let your ideas hear !
I can find on the internet ( Lookbook for example)
many pictures of guys or men in capes which I do not like.
Sometimes the design is according to my opinion ridiculous :
For instance a "mancape" with left side coat ( with sleeve) rigth side cape ( no sleeve) .
Sorry, call me old-fashioned but this is not my taste, but ofcourse somebody else may like it.
Or the designer seems to confuse capes with ponchos.
I do not have objections against poncho's but they are NO capes !
What 's wrong with the classical cape in a good gentleman's combination as shown above ?
On the other hand : it seems to be that, when one tries to re - introduce a lost fashion - item
- and the cape belongs to this category for male fashion - it migth require a restyling.
Some designers have tried to restyle the mancape
probably to get rid of strange - almost classical - associations with - for example - vampires etc .
E. Tautz transformed the classical black or dark blue woolen cape for men ( knee - length)
on the London catwalk in a fuchsia cape, combined with black clothes.
It migth be for ordinary or older men a bridge too far.
For the younger men it migth work.
That is may be the reason that this designer
made the same cape in black with some small accesoires - belt /shoes - in fuchsia)
But E. Tautz created with this fuchsia cape fashion revolution.
Another example of restyling the cape and bring it back into men 's fashion
can be found by T.A.C.S. in italy.
They designed a red short full circle tabarro of heavy wool.
It is of supreme quality and available in many colours such as wine - red:
As far as I am concerned the award for the mancape - designers go to Dolce & Gabbana with this cape
(picture below )
I think it this is an excellent combination : a " must- have ", but tastes can differ!
Edited by Whitepigeon - 7/18/12 at 1:45am