Could the Cape Fly in Modern Fashion?
The Incredibles' tailor Edna Mose - NO CAPES!
It's not the Iditerod. It's busy side of Wal-Mart's parking lot. It's the idiot-erod.
In this modern world where we go outside momentarily from the heated car to the heated store, we are exposed to the cold for the time it takes to walk past some parked cars and a bunch of empty handicapped spaces. So why do we have to mess around with a bunch of ever-loving buttons, zippers, snaps, ties, and even velcro?
We're not scaling a mountain or probing Siberia for oil shale. There's no reason to constantly don an outfit for an epic dogsled race-it's not the Iditerod. It's busy side of Wal-Mart's parking lot. It's the idiot-erod. And it's Zero degrees, but only for the 45-second walk.
Of three average shoppers, two likely have puffy coats partially zipped if at all, and the third, wise to the problem of overheating, brilliantly opts for a T-shirt, PJs, and flip-flops.
So What to Wear, Cape, Cloak, or Coat?
For a moment, forget about vampires, superheroes, magicians, toga-parties, wizards, Sherlock Holmes and Obi-Wan-Kenobi. Pretend you've never seen a cape before and never heard Brad Bird as "Edna Mose" telling Mr. Incredible "No Cape!"
Imagine a warm garment that is nothing like a Snuggie or Animal House Toga. It's more James Bond than Jim Belushi. It looks good. You don't feel like Servius Snape because it doesn't have that Phantom of the Opera vibe, and it isn't even all-black because it doesn't have to be!
I'd like to have an over-garment that's as easy to handle as just taking it off a hook and either sliding the (breakaway) loop over your head or cinching it apart and back together like you're fixing your collar or tie. I live in a warm home, I'd let it drape over my back until everyone's ready to head out the door.
Outside you instinctively wrap it around your body as you walk. Upon entering the warmed vehicle, you throw off the cold literally by throwing off the cold cloth to each side when you take your seat or pass into the warm air. By the time you leave, it is warmed enough to provide comfort when you envelop yourself once again for another minute. Brilliant.
5 Variations in Capeology to Confuse the Kids.
- Cloaks are capes with hoods. The tend to be thicker, longer, and comparitively warmer. More useful outdoors, not usually worn indoors. Think Hobbit.
- Ferraiolo capes are the kind you see in the Roman Catholic Church. They are long and somewhat thin for mostly indoor use. Think Dracula.
- Celtic Capes are more like sleeveless coats. Think bagpipes calling O Danny Boy.
- Fashion Capes are very thin, even of mesh for aesthetic purposes. Think Weddings, runways, Gaga Gaga Gaga.
- Costume Capes were sported in the 60's, 70's and 80's by performers such as James Brown and Ozzy Ozbourne. Cos-capes surged in popularity since the 90's among renaissance, LARP, and especially Cos-Players for conventions such as Comic-con. Think Thor.