Review: Burberry Check Lined Camel Wool Cape

October 28, 2013

After months of fruitless search (in part because no one in the Northern Hemisphere sells wool capes between April-August), I finally found a camel wool cape worthy of closer scrutiny. This search (for a cape) is one I resume half-heartedly every fall but inevitably put on the back burner because I have so many other wants (and not enough money).

A fall-perfect cape is the logical next step for any trench coat lover. It looks great with pants, with dresses, with skirts, with narrow bottoms, with loose-fitting bottoms. To borrow a cliché, the possibilities are endless.
Before I landed upon this Burberry Kids' cape, I was ready to pull the trigger on a Land's End camel cape (here in petite and plus) that was more reasonably priced and less cropped but I didn't have the mental energy to play sale pop-backs game. 

I had my heart set on a hip-length wool cape but wasn't really committed to any one length and could've been happy with a knee-length cape as well (more discussion about cape length in the next installment).

If you don't like camel capes, this Burberry Girls' Cape comes in four colors--black, camel, fritillary pink (or what we plebs call fuchsia), and military red.
Imagine my disappointment when the cape arrived and the size L was a size too small. I snapped a few pictures and sent it to a friend whom I trust for unbiased and honest opinions and she confirmed my suspicions: the fit was weird.

This cape is only available in three sizes: S, M, and L. At $295 and 100% wool, it is surprisingly affordable for Burberry and even features prominently its signature check print in the hood. There are no sleeves and I consider it more capelet-like than cape-like.
A word about buying from Burberry's online store: the shipping and return processes are very smooth and both are free. You can arrange to pick up your order locally and make returns to a physical store if you are against shipping high-value items.

If you are shorter than me in height (I am 5'2) or have a shorter torso, this may be a viable option for you.

Buy here and here.

For those of you who like a bit of whimsy in everything you wear, this cheetah print Juicy Couture cape is a fun option. I also liked this American Apparel Kids camel cape but after my last AA experience, I have a few reservations. Also eying this Alloy Fleece Cape which is on sale for $19.99.

If navy is more your style, Brooks Brothers Girls' has a navy cape for $150 (also sold through Bloomies). Petite-friendly brand BB Dakota also offers a cape in both solid black and plaid.

And my search will continue.

Up Next: My Michelle Solid Cape Blazer. And slightly further down the queue is the Michael Kors Pea Coat Cape (and in navy).

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