Cape Fear

I’ve always liked the idea of capes, but it’s the execution of them that has scared me away from actually adding one to my wardrobe. A cape has the possibility of turning even the slimmest of people into unseemly lumps, and being that I am of the distinctly pear shaped variety, I have firmly believed that to wear a cape would be to accentuate everything that I constantly try so hard to disguise—until now.

After discovering the distinctly stylish and flattering capes produced by Buenos Aires based designer Leslie Tessler, I could not wax more rhapsodically about this retro-cool item of clothing. Far from morphing your average sized person into an ogre of nightmarish proportions, her capes exude a slimming illusion, the fabric masterfully skimming over all the right places and ending mid-thigh—which everyone knows is the most flattering hem length.

Tessler’s cape expertise may be due to the attention paid to textiles—Peruvian alpaca, Italian cashmere and French silk to name a few of the fabrics that are used to create a rainbow of capes that would make little-red-riding hood green with envy. Also, I love the idea that each cape can be customized with whatever buttons I choose—vintage, traditional tortoiseshell, military style—making it a completely unique piece. Thanks Leslie Tessler for finally putting my cape fear to rest.

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