Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Capelets

(L) Hendricks' Johanna Johnson capelet, (R) Hendricks wearing it at a premiere

I was reading the latest issue of Lucky Magazine with Christina Hendricks on the cover, and there was a collage of a few of her favorite items, which included a capelet -- something you'd expect to see more so on Mad Men than the red carpet.  Said Hendricks: "It frames your face perfectly, and I love that it looks a bit like an old vintage costume."

I'm not totally in love with the look above (I had to crop out the hideously unflattering pants she was wearing, but honestly like the look from the waist up), but I think capelets could be cute if worn the right way, and there are a variety of styles, from the flashy (e.g. Kate Moss, Katie Holmes and Kate Hudson -- coincidentally, all of the Kates) to the more subdued (Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf and Rachel Bilson).

The history of the capelet dates back to the late 1800s and later capelets from the 1900s were influenced by the Edwardian fashions.  Are capelets something you'd be likely to wear in the fall, or do you think they are destined to be dowdy?

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