Okay. So. I bought a cape.
(Sorry for the crappy photo quality.)
I was out shopping last month, drunk on money (thanks to the $950 stimulus bonus from the Aussie government) when I saw it and was like "ZOMG cape! CAPE! Why have a jacket when you can have a CAPE?!" and bought it. Not entirely sure why, except maybe for novelty value. Look, it has slits to put your arms through and a belt (which threads through two small holes on each side... it's definitely a cape, no sleeves here) so you don't look completely waistless. And cute little fleur-de-lis buttons!
However, it's occurred to me that I live in a city that's about 4 years behind the rest of the world in terms of fashion. Anything trendier than a pinafore-style dress and black leggings may get you odd looks from strangers. Let alone a cape. So far I've only worn the cape twice in public: once to a '60s style costume party, the other time to work at my internship (on a day when I could get a lift in and out of the city, so didn't have to risk public transport). When I wore it to the office, the first thing my boss said was "Is that a cloak?!" and one of the other company co-founders asked me if I'd joined the French police force. Last time I went into work one of the guys was showing a new girl around and introduced me as "This is Kat. She wears a cape sometimes."
And I was only wearing it with a black-and-white check pinafore dress, white tights and ankle boots!
Anyway. It's winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, and now that I've bought this awesome (I refuse to think otherwise) and quite expensive item of clothing, I need to figure out how to make it work. Keeping in mind that I have translucent-pale skin and almost black hair, which causes me to fend off enough teasing vampire jibes as it is without the addition of a cape.
Any suggestions on what I could/should wear with it would be great!