Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Whitepigeon, Jul 17, 2012.
....but I always wear my underpants outside of my tights.
Availability I guess.
Because capes are NOT available in the stores here, that's it.
Okay, thank you. You are probably rigth. But remember :
Most capes shown in this thread or my pictures ( profile) are for Fall/ Winter 2012.
If you should like for instance a Dolce & Gabanna cape you will have to wait until summer is over.
Then the Fall/ Winter collection will be available.
After summer they will be probably sold in specialised shops ( "google" for this to search a specialised shop in your environment)
The italian "tabarro" or the spanish (Sesena) "capa" is year round available.
Have a look at Ebay It. (Italia) or the website of the "Sesena" cape shop in Madrid.
(foto : Italian (full circle ) Tabarro of high quality grey "loden" : ideal to wrap yourself and keep you warm in winter )
A good choice as far as I am concerned. I should only advice a red full circle cape in stead of a demi - circle sample : more easy to wrap yourself in and keep you warm !
Out of curiosity how much do these capes typically cost you? Do you get them custom made?
Living in NYC this type of accessory has practically no utility and would only be worn by affluent elder men or gay hipsters.
It's an interesting piece of clothing in regions where it has more daily usefulness. Although I only think it's appealing in a rustic sense. Anything else comes off as too foppish.
Haha - this thread reminds me of this video.
@ 3:08 "I'm wearing the cape, aren't I?!"
Random observation - the OP has the same writing style / text formatting / English as Victor
Nope, he does not write like this.
I have a feeling after the dark knight rises, people would want to wear their own custom made capes too.
Thanks for your feedback and honest reply. I will give you my thougths:
About "utility" as criterium for fashion. Nothing wrong about that.
You are probably rigth that if this is the only and all decisive criterium for buying fashion,
than I will predict you there will be not many capes in your fashion - collection.
Probably you migth make an exception for the raincape.
But if "utility" is the only criterium : then let 's not only forget about the capes, but also the hats, the ties, the pochets etc.
May be it is still for a lot of men a taboo : but it is really allowed to wear something because you like it or because of its beauty.
A cape in your fashioncollection can be useful too ( in my opinion) in that way
that it can form part of your own fashionstyle and identity ( only if you like them ofcourse).
Let's hope ofcourse that not all men start today immediately to buy and wear capes.
( If everybody wear capes, then they will become probably boring and then,
capes will be no longer a fashion-item you can distinguish with.
So let's hope that will never happen.)
This is another conception of "utility" ofcourse,
and you do not have to agree with me in explaining this concept this way.
I think most men ( and they do not differ in this case I think from women) wear something
apart from being practical or useful, choose a fashionitem too because they think its beautiful.
Nothing wrong with that by the way, and for this you do not even have to be "gay".
I have no clear evidence so far, that if you wear a cape as a man,
you are suddenly considered "gay" by others.
There is no evident connection between men wearing capes and being "gay"
I do not frequent very much gay sites on the internet since I am not interested in that,
but as far as I know you cannot see there an overrepresentation of gay men wearing capes.
Actually I have discovered none but I have to admit I did not search for long.
And even so : if there are still men having the fear of being considered "gay" when wearing a cape or whatever other fashion:
I should say to them :" some people are gay, and...........? " We live in 2012, you really need some help : its time to get over that."
Let this fact not determine your fashionchoice as a man.
Are capes only for old people then ?
I do not think so.
Have a look at the pictures of the capes designed for this fall and winter and you see only young men wearing them!
And yes, there are some old people too who like to wear capes.
Like there are old people who do not like to wear capes, but coats.
Nothing wrong with that : whenever old people dress tasteful and stylish.
And the cape can be helpful with that too.
What do capes cost ? The prices of the capes.
1. For a knee - length ( ca. 1.20 mtr ) black woolen italian tabarro ( see ebay Italy and search under the word "tabarro")
you pay around 100 euro plus shipmentcosts.
2. For a high quality black woolen long italian tabarro ( prox. 1.60) circle round with a black velvet collar you pay more.
I bougth mine in a shop for priests under the smoke of the Vatican in Rome.
It costed 450 euro but I can tell you : its one of the best purchases I ever did.
3. For a tabarro casentino ( heavy wool cloak; knee - length, full circle ) available in different colours I paid 220 euro including shipment from Italy.
4. My German "loden" cape was custom made in Germany. It is a full circle and lined. I paid several years ago 250 euro which was absolutely a bargain. ( apart from that I bougth the material in Utrecht on the market which costed 80 euro 's )
5. The Spanish Capa ( house of "Sesena" see their own website ) is expensive but you get value for money : 700 euro 's plus shipment from Madrid. Embroidered capes ( choose from different patterns ) cost about 200 euro more.
6. The designed capes for this winter. I do not know the prices from Dolce & Gabanna etc. You have to wait until they start selling the wintercollection.
7. Worth trying : have a look on the second hand market. You can find also nice vintage capes or officer capes, once used in the army.
The cut and quality is good and they are not too expensive.
Good luck and I hope you can find one which pleases you!
Edit: I was mistaken.
I don't believe a word of this. You look ridiculous
Actually, I do.
Americans (in my very limited experience) seem to love old-world-english-eccentrics. I wore a tweed suit while in Atlanta and must have been stopped about 10 times in 60 minutes by people - normally female - asking if I am "British" and generally chatting. I am only 23 and my outfit was significantly more fitted and innocuous that PTW's, but I can easily accept that the "wow thats cool" factor overcomes that "fuck you kreep, I want to wake up with both my kidneys" vibe.
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