November 1, 2017
Happy November everyone! Can you believe we’re down to just two months remaining in 2017? I can barely believe it but the temps are starting to get serious about dropping and I’ve started to get serious about my favourite closet category: coats!
Many of my coats have already seen the light of day a few times this season but one that’s been in hibernation is my Capote Coat by Lauren Manoogian. It’s part blanket, part Jedi costume (wish I’d thought of that last night) and part sweater but all together it’s a dream to have on hand when I’m braving these crisp November days.
The Capote Coat is also an item I get asked about a lot. It’s a very special piece and definitely an investment so today I’m sharing a dedicated outfit post all about it. If you’ve been eyeing one yourself but wonder about how warm it is, how to style it or how to care for it, this post is for you! Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a big cozy knit but looking for some budget-friendlier options I’ve stumbled across a few of those too.
So let’s have a look, shall we?
ITEM: CAPOTE COAT
MADE RESPONSIBLY IN: PERU
MATERIAL: 93% Alpaca Wool 7% Polyamide (to maintain shape) which is super soft and non-irritating on the skin.
PRICE: $570 USD
SIZE: One Size
PURCHASED: In 2015 during the NEED SUPPLY Cyber Monday sale. Keep an eye out!
WHERE TO GET IT: See a comprehensive list with several discount options below.
HOW WARM IS IT?
This coat can work for a wide range of temperatures, it just depends on how you layer it. I’d say it’s good for anywhere between 0°C right up to 20°C depending on humidity, sun and how you’re using it.
For low temps in the single digit range I wear it layered over a sweater or turtleneck. The thickness of my base layer can vary depending on how cold it is. If it’s very chilly I’ll wear a bodysuit base layer, cashmere or wool sweater tucked into a heavy pant with socks and boots. I’ll add gloves and a beanie if needed too. When we shot these photos it was about 6°C and I was nice and warm in this outfit (my sweater is a thin wool).
For higher temps in the double digits I’ll wear it over a cotton tee and jeans or my linen florence pants with a simple flat, running shoes or a pair of mules.
Indoors: I wear it as a sweater when I’m working in my office during the coldest winter months and it keeps me super toasty.
EXPERT TIP: To avoid the wind blowing it open, fold one side over the other and use your cross-body bag to hold it closed. I use this trick with all my minimal, open-front, button-less coats.
HOW TO STYLE IT
I love this coat because it’s SO easy to style and goes with a zillion different items in my closet. The key is to let it be the statement and to keep everything else in the outfit super simple. Here’s how I have styled it based on temperature (and some other ideas!).
- With a sweater dress with tights and boots. Shown here.
- Over my T-Sweater and a tunic with thick leggings, Chelsea boots and a beanie. Shown here.
- Over a Cashmere Crew with Kamm Pants and Pistol Boots. Shown here. Similar here as well.
- Over a long sleeve sweater/button down with jeans and boots. Shown here and here.
- Over a jumpsuit. Shown here.
WARM (16°C +)
- Over a slip dress with flats. Shown here, here and here.
- Over a cotton tank with jeans. Shown here and here.
Generally, I treat this coat with care and I’m cognizant of where I leave it (ie: on a shelf not in a heap or on a hanger) and what I do when wearing it (ie: avoid rough surfaces). This has helped it stay in great shape over the last 2 years.
CARE: Hand wash cold, air dry flat. Or Dry Clean.
9/10 I’m wearing this coat over a sweater so it rarely comes into contact with my skin. Therefore I haven’t felt the need to wash it. I’ve spilled coffee and lots of other drinks on it but the Alpaca wool fibres are incredible when it comes to wicking away moisture so it’s always been super easy to spot clean as needed.
SHAPE: I’ve worn this coat for countless hours in my office, laying on the couch with my boys and a ton of times out and about and it has yet to show any signs of losing it’s shape. This is likely thanks to the poly content in addition to the already resilient nature of Alpaca wool. I keep it neatly folded on a shelf year-round and never smooshed into a space or hung on a hanger.
PILLING: Alpaca is wonderfully flexible fibre and can take a fair amount of rubbing, pulling and general wear. It is definitely a bit fuzzier than when I first got it but there is no pilling or pulls to speak of, even where my bag usually rubs on it.
PET FRIENDLY: Both my corgi and my cat shed a lot and this coat never shows it!
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS AND I’LL DO MY BEST TO RESPOND TODAY!
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SHOP SIMILAR SWEATER-COAT STYLES FOR LESS
UNDER $250 USD
Unfortunately it’s not easy to find similar options made responsibly for under $250 so I’m sharing some imported options that appear to be good quality and of a timeless style you can wear for years to come.
MADEWELL | FULTON Sweater-Coat (2 colours) $175 USD Merino Wool. Imported. Also available at NORDSTROM | RIVINGTON Sweater-Coat (2 colours) $188 USD Merino Wool. Imported. | GLENHILL Sweater-coat $166 USD Acrylic/Wool/Silk. Imported.
UNDER $500 USD
RESPONSIBLY MADE | BLACK CRANE Wool Cape Coat (2 colours) $439 USD Wool/Cotton. Made in USA. | BLACK CRANE Dual Canvas Coat (2 colours) $329 USD 100% Cotton. Made in USA. | EILEEN FISHER Double Face Wool Blend Coat (2 colours) $498 USD 90% Wool 10% Nylon. Imported.
SHOPBOP | VINCE Long Cashmere Cardigan $425 USD. 100% Cashmere. Imported. | DEMYLEE Fleming Cardigan $307 USD Wool/Mohair/Nylon/Acrylic. Imported. | ACNE Studios Raya Cardigan (2 Colours) $335 USD Mohair/Wool/Poly. Imported.
SHOP MY LOOK
CALLY BOOTS | c/o COCLICO | Wearing size 37.5 which is TTS 7. Size up for a wider foot or thicker sock. | $435 USD | Made in Spain. | Also available via Garmentory. SAVE $20 when you sign up here. Free shipping & Returns
Photography by Jacklyn Barber.
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