Cape This Diem

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When it comes to fashion, I’m partial to a monochrome palette. I really am. There’s something about a neutral outfit in black, white, grey or all the above that looks perpetually polished and clean. I can rattle off a list of my favorite designers that, with a tiniest of tweaks and tricks, parlay a monotonous outfit to avant garde style worthy of fashion month circuits.

Case in point. Alexander Wang’s pioneer into the downtown-cool style with dual-toned utilitarian ensembles. Phoebe Philo heralding the start of the cool white + beige “minimal trend” for Céline. Perpetually savvy with a noteworthy myriad of luxe fabrics avec precise tailoring. Sharp. Presto. Magic.

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Speaking of on-trend moments in the fashion world, a layering effect is a force to be reckoned with. So taking a cue from Burberry-clad mavens like Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo, who seamlessly mastered the tossed on poncho/cape look, I was delighted of my new fashion find this week —  a black and white faux fur capelet from eShakti!

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This graphic piece truly adds a glamorous edge to a run of the mill jacket or vest, not to mention snug while being animal cruelty-free! I love the wide spread collar (ideal for ladies with broad shoulders) and the two thirds sleeves for that peek-a-boo effect.

Of course there’s no shortage of styling options. Perched atop the shoulder. Worn over a silk button-down shirt. Pair it with bright leather skinnies like these pink ones I’m donning.  The trick of the trade with making a neutral ensemble pop? Play up textures, mix ‘n match prints!

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So whether you’re choice of clothing are retro A-line skirts or modern day culottes, time is not an essence here as much as adding an extra pep to a classic piece. So take a cue from Wang and Philo this season with their pastel-colored blazer and burgundy wool trench and turn a neutral ensemble on its ear with a hint of color. Like how the chromatic style-setters say it across the globe — make it fresh and make it fun! 🙂 Xo~ Lena

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Capelet: eShakti// Top: Banana Republic//Pants: Paige// Mules: Via Spiga// Bag: Marc Jacobs// Necklace: H&M

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In collaboration with eShakti; thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos: Jason J Photography

86 thoughts on “Cape This Diem

  1. Hi Lena! As always beautiful pictures of you dressed in an amazing outfit. ❤ I love the pants. The colour and fit, just how I like it 🙂

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    • Thank you Hanne I’m very happy that you enjoyed this post! Yes I love these pink pants they truly are fresh of breath air and I love how well-fitted they are! Paige denim really is a spectacular brand at an affordable price! 🙂

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    • Hi Amy! They really are fun to wear! And I love the different versions out there – lone ones can be worn with above the knee boots, and short ones are good for the crop effect! Hope you find a one you like! ❤

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    • Thanks Naeun! Glad you like this outfit, it really is my way to channel the avant-garde effect 🙂 Both capes and mules are so trendy this season, so it’s a great way to work popular styles into wardrobe staples 🙂 Have a great day dear!! Much love~

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  2. Hi Lena! Fantastic style choices! You look amazing! Love the mix of prints and textures! How did you go about choosing a cape? Were you looking for frugal yet fashionable or an investment piece? I have my eye on a lovely camel cape but I am not sure whether to splurge on a piece that is ‘of the moment’. Hope you have a wonderful day! ~ Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Thanks Lauren glad you liked this outfit! I think for me I like a cape in neutral shades like black, white, beige or a combination of such compatible colors. I think it’s definitely a trendy piece for Fall and great for layering but definitely not warm enough for the bristling winter. But then again it’s a case-by-case scenario; if it’s something that you absolutely adore and can easily play up different outfits then it’s worth the investment. What’s the website for this camel cape you’re talking about? Would love to check it out 🙂

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  3. Looking fabulous as always! Your shoes remind me of mine lol we have similar taste! I love them! I also love that faded red in the pants I think that’s really cool! xx

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