Why I'm crusading against the trend for capes!
22:40 GMT, 1 July 2012
Victoria Beckham flew into London for the Spice Girls photocall in a cape
‘Would you like to spend a day without the use of your arms’ I get many odd requests in my role as Chief Fashion Guinea Pig, but this was surely one of the strangest.
A big new trend is on the way: wearing capes instead of a normal coat . . . you know, something with sleeves.
How do we know this Well, the Queen wore a cape for the Jubilee concert and Victoria Beckham flew into London for the Spice Girls photocall in a cape. Yes, she officially has superpowers.
I have never worn a cape before, feeling they smack of nannies and that ad for life insurance and pensions.
Actually, that is a bit of a fib because as a child I owned a short, ruffled evening cape in black velvet that I wore over everything (I know, I was a strange child).
And while I think a floaty evening cape can look lovely, a cape worn while going about your daily business is confining and fiddly.
I tried three: a trench cape by Phase Eight, similar to the one worn by Mrs Beckham; a wool cape in mustard by Ted Baker (right, 199, available from August at tedbaker.com); and a vintage nurse’s cape, as worn by Carrie in Sex And The City.
I hated all of them. The nurse’s cape fell off in a taxi, which meant I had to run after the driver to rescue it, and the mustard cape, worn to a fashion show, meant I took a very long time to dip into my bag to stop my iPhone ringing, given it was tucked under my arm beneath a great deal of fabric.
I kept having to fling my trench cape over one shoulder to get at things, which meant I hit several fashionistas in the eye with an epaulette (no bad thing, you might say).
The capes weren’t warm or cosy: they are like leaving a door open on a windy night. Far better for a changeable summer, I think, is a cashmere poncho you can hug, fling, belt and even use as a pillow on the plane, from Tallulah & Hope, the only shopping website you really need when off on your holidays. Kapow!
Unimpressed: Liz tried an assortment of capes including a wool design in mustard by
Ted Baker (centre)