December 27, 2011

Ask DRESSED: Cape or Shawl?

Chloe Twill Cape
 Question: What is the difference between a shawl and a cape? They look similar to me.

Answer: The way to tell which type of garment your dealing with is if it has defined arms or does it just drape over your shoulders. This is a good question since both types of garments look very similar in loose structure.

Above, you can see the Chloe cape that has slots for the arms to sit in. 
A modern cape doesn't have to have the same "superman look" we all think about when we hear the name. Also capes are not always long in length.

Here is a Burberry shawl worn very loosely. A shawl has more relation to a poncho than the cape. 


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