Capes/Cloaks

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Marc Chevalier, May 24, 2006.

  1. univibe88

    univibe88 One Too Many

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  2. Lovely Leah

    Lovely Leah Familiar Face

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    FDR, may have used a cape for more practical reasons than just style and his former position assistant Navy secretary. A cape with the right cut is a great cool weather garment for wheelchair users. I use a wheelchair about 50% of the time and found that capes are perfect for cooler weather.
     
  3. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

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    I got myself a nice wool cape from Casco Bay Woolens a couple of years ago, and have never had the nerve/found the appropriate occasion to wear it. It's a nice heavy black blanket material, with black lining. But it seems like it's always a little too cool or a little too warm for it. And trust me, with the yahoos I work with, I ain't wearing it to work or on the subway any time soon. But I still love it. Maybe some day. The cape and the top hat.
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    I too believe he chose the cape for function over form.
     
  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    ^^^^

    It looks like it's in pristine condition. When do you have occasion to wear it?
     
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    skbellis One of the Regulars

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  7. bstrickmma

    bstrickmma New in Town

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    Well the officer I bought it from only wore it like 4-5 times. I've worn mine to a Holiday Ball and a Marine Corps Ball (as outerwear for my evening/dinner dress uniform).

    While I don't think I could get away wearing w/ a business suit ala FDR, I'd have no problem wearing w/ a tux or to the opera, etc. if the occasion arose though. :D
     
  8. bstrickmma

    bstrickmma New in Town

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  9. Looks like an Inverness cape.
     
  10. Maguire

    Maguire Practically Family

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    South American leaders had a thing for capes too, i've got a great picture of Augusto Pinochet wearing one, and likewise for Juan Peron. Say what you will about their politics or the kind of person pinochet was (i personally dislike him myself), but the cape really does something. I'll post it as soon as i dig it up.
     
  11. Maguire

    Maguire Practically Family

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    here it is :
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    I know alot of these guys like to just wear greatcoats wrapped around them like capes without using the sleeves but this Juan Peron pic is definitely a cape:
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  12. Certain shops in Santiago used to sell painted plaster sculptures of Pinochet in his cape. They looked eerily like votive statues of the Virgin Mary...with a grey cape on instead of her blue cloak.

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  13. bstrickmma

    bstrickmma New in Town

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    FWIW, the South American countries are also the most "Europeanized" as well. I'm not surpised to see their El Commandante's fancy capes and cloaks. :D

    I agree, say what you want about their politics, but they look good.
     
  14. huckfinne

    huckfinne New in Town

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    There's one on ebay right now (EDIT - NO LIVE AUCTIONS PLEASE - but welcome to The Fedora Lounge)
    That's where I got mine with a final bid of about $300.
     
  15. Otium

    Otium New in Town

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    I looked at that one too. Auction ends in about 6 hours but it is about three inches too short for my height and I just don't think I could bring myself to cope with such a heinous flaw!
     
  16. Schofields

    Schofields Familiar Face

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    in case no one saw this :)
     
  17. Short and sweet, eh?

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  18. Tiller

    Tiller Practically Family

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    Even though it's against the rules to talk politics, let me say just for general info out there that I am a Republican, and my family on my mothers side (the side I agree with most on these issues) have been Republican since coming to this country only voting Democrat during the elections of Grover Cleveland (we have strange family history discussions at time lol). So perhaps you should take what I have to say with a grain of salt, but I never liked FDR's look at the Yalta Conference. I don't think it's do to my general dislike of the man, but more for the fact that he had a better style during the 30's, and by this time his health was by far going the other way. Every time I see those pictures it looks to me as if he is on death's doorstep, especially when you compare him to how he looked when he was campaigning against Hoover.

    I thought I saw some of him in his younger days wearing a similar cape, where he pulls the look off much better, but maybe I was imagining things. Anyways just my opinion.

    Regards,
    Tiller
     
  19. Tiller

    Tiller Practically Family

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    I bought my "civilian great coat" from them. They do good work.
     
  20. Your obervations mirror some of Churchill's comments. Churchill found his mind to be cloudy and slow at the time and his logic far from spot on. Perhaps it was an omen of things to come. Perhaps he should have sent someone else in his stead. [huh]
     

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