Caped Crusader

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Button Cape: Eugenie Cashmere

Top: Laura Ashley

Trousers: Target

Shoes: Miz Mooz

Necklace: Kim Lyons Jewelry

Eugenie has been my favourite purveyor of fine cashmere garments ever since I first discovered them (way back when they were still 8Inkerman)

I bought my first cashmere cardigan from them way back in, oh I don’t know, 2008? and it’s still in my wardrobe now. It started me on a long, self indulgent, and expensive addiction to good quality cashmere clothing.

Every winter for the last couple of years I’ve saved my pennies, then taken to the trip out to Eugenie’s fragrant (seriously, this shop smells amazing) and welcoming store with the express intention of buying one of their legendary button capes.

And every year I end up leaving with a cardigan, instead.

Not this year! This year I put my blinkers on and powered through all the delicious cardigans and made my way down to the rack of capes, and I’m SO GLAD that I did, because I’ve been wearing the crap out of my button-cape since I brought it home.

To start with it’s deliciously soft and snuggly – it’s a heavier and slightly fluffier yarn than the cardigans, and as a result it’s wonderfully warm, and it drapes beautifully.

It’s essentially a long rectangle shawl with a line of buttons along the long edge on each side towards the bottom.

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This deceptively simple configuration results in you being able to wear the shawl in a myriad of different ways!

If you button it on one side and wear the buttons on the shoulder it becomes a poncho. I usually fasten the second row of buttons (under my left arm) and wear it like an asymmetrical vesty shawl type thing. This is how I’m wearing it in the first picture.

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Swivel the line of buttons to your centre front and you have a short, buttoned cape:

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Put that line of buttons at the back, and it’s a longer cape with a cowl neck.

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Button both sets of buttons up along the long side, and you can wear it like a shrug.

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Twist it before fastening, and it makes a dressy cover-up for your shoulders.

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Of course you can always wear it like a pashmina or a simple scarf:

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OK, now I’m just getting silly.

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I’ve rolled it into my handbag for a big of extra coverage in the cinema, draped it over my legs on a chilly plane, wrapped my shoulders in it while reading in bed on a wintery morning. I love it. It’s expensive, but it’s SO versatile.

In the Shades


DSCF1609_2DSCF1611DSCF1612_2Blouse: Princess Highway (remixed)

Cardigan: Eugenie Cashmere

Skirt: Vintage via Bombshell Vintage

Shoes: Chie Mihara

I know, I know. Sunglasses inside. It automatically makes you look like a try-hard. But, look, it’s been two weeks and I still have a black eye. Nowhere near the shiner it was last week, but enough to draw attention and comments wherever I go.

I’ve been walking with my head down, making sure not to make eye contact with people on the street. I haven’t spotted my reflection in a window for days. I barely recognise my face with the black eye. And, oh my God, I’m so sick of having to explain to people how I got it fainting onto a cement floor. And no I wasn’t drunk. Or pregnant.

Good news is, I’ve had a full and thorough check-up, and it looks like it was Just One Of Those Things. Maybe a little bit of stress; the last few weeks have been challenging, to say the least.

But something really exciting and wonderful happened yesterday…179734_10151594761632171_782937047_nEarlier this year I was selected to be one of a new group of bloggers who will be contributing to the Guardian newspaper’s fashion pages.

I couldn’t quite believe it when they contacted me, and I’ll be honest with you; my introductory post is up and I STILL can’t quite believe it. Me. On the front page of the Guardian’s fashion pages. It just doesn’t seem real.

Thank you to all long-time my readers – I wouldn’t be here without you guys – and thank you and welcome to my new readers too! I hope you enjoy the blog. If you’re looking for some older posts to start with, here are a few of my favourites:

It’s Grand to be Grande

Perfect Girls Need Not Apply 

Remix: Dress to Skirt

Rest assured, this new and exciting blogging opportunity doesn’t mean things will change here at F&FF. I’m going to endeavour to write original posts at the Guardian, but I will link back here when they go up, so you can check them out if you’re interested.

It’s quite cool and rainy in Melbourne at the moment, and I’m doing my usual trans-seasonal thing of realising that I’ve “retired” the bulk of last year’s winter wardrobe and everything I own is too thin/short/summery for the chilly days. Coupled with the fact that I want comfort, and really I can’t go past my navy blue cashmere cardigan (sewn up the front like my favourite remixed blouse so that it’s more of a sweater). It’s warm and snuggly and soft on my skin. A cuddle in clothes form.

I’ve teamed it today with the probably-home-made skirt that I bought last year at Bombshell Vintage. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t yet made it in to their new home at the Lost and Found Market, um, twenty minutes walk from my front door.

This skirt’s a fave, but it’s pretty tight, especially around the legs (there’s no slit in the back to facilitate striding) so I usually try to reserve it for days when I know I won’t be doing a lot of walking.

Wouldn’t want to take another tumble, would we?

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