Wardrobe 101

Style Glossary: C

Cape, Chanel & Clutch

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I began the first two Style Glossary months quoting Dr. Seuss, but for March, rather than camels on the ceiling, let’s try a joke.

What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?

R (Arrrgh?)

(Dramatic Pause) You’d think so… But it’d be the C! Get it?

I never promised that it would be a good joke! That done, let’s talk about some C style words! Now, these are certainly not the only C style words; there are hundreds, but for this month I’ve grabbed Cape, Chanel and Clutch. Mostly for fun, but also because the second is always a topic of delight and the other two are timely for Spring/ Summer 2021.


I have to say, this one got me thinking. Capes have their fashion moments… Like this past winter! And that moment is continuing into spring and summer. But what the heck IS a cape? So back to the source I go!

Cape: Sleeveless outer garment of any length hanging loosely from shoulders; usually covering back, shoulders, arms.

A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern, Mary Brooks Picken

Which got me to thinking… That means a poncho and a ruana are also capes! Although I think of a cape as having a front opening, which a poncho does not. So a poncho is a cape without the front opening… And a ruana is just a cape with a fancy name. What about a large shawl? There are oodles of capes! From little tiny capelets to cover shoulders at church or wooly capelets for warmth to the long crimson of Little Red Riding Hood. Let’s not leave out superheroes! When did the cape become a superhero thing?

If you want to know more about Superman’s cape, including the pocket… Read this article!

Apparently quite early. The rabbit holes I tumble down for you readers!


Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel. (1883-1971) Milliner, Fashion Designer, and thoroughly modern Businesswoman. Introducer of the Little Black Dress, Jersey knit fabric for daywear, the iconic 255 Bag and Chanel No. 5, possibly the best known perfume in the world. Coco (A nickname from her singing days) is perpetually relevant and constantly quoted. Even today. Icon par extraordinaire.

If you are interested in learning more about Chanel’s pre-fame days, this NPR piece about the 2009 film Coco Before Chanel gives a brief 7 minute introduction to the life which informed the powerhouse she became. Coco Before Chanel is now in my queue!


Argued over as both impractical and practical, the clutch is the first handbag. Handles came later. Clutched in the hand or under the arm, it is often thought of as an evening or special occasion bag, saved for times when you aren’t needing your hands for practical matters. This year, there have been a preponderance of puffy (AKA: pillow or cloud) clutches for day use. Most of them are certainly large enough to hold the everyday essentials. The personality styles that might carry a clutch for day? Feminine, Dramatic, Creative, or Elegant Chic. A Relaxed style personality is likely to find a daytime clutch impractical, as would the Classic. The Rebellious? She’ll do whatever she pleases, so a clutch is definitely in the realm of possibility! I like a clutch, but then again, Feminine is one of my predominant style influences. Personality aside, there’s a reason to include a clutch in any Handbag Wardrobe.

You did catch the K monogram on the soft dove grey zip pouch, right? That has my name on it! #sorrynotsorry

How About You

Do you wear a cape? Ruana? Poncho? Or are they too slide-y? Did you know that Superman wore a cape as a baby? Or that it has a pocket? Does Chanel style speak to you? If you wear knits, you have Coco to thank! What’s your best color? Your best color is ALWAYS chic! Is a clutch a part of your handbag wardrobe? Or just silly? Do let me know! I love to hear from you…

Stylishly yours,


  • CimmieS

    Loud chuckles at the ‘hole’ you fell into, Superman & style! ..& yes, I wear capes, note plural, whatever their names. They’re practical to throw over a blazer/jacket on cold days, even in autumn as here in Tasmania. Yes, I wear a Chanel-type fabric dress. Have done for decades; obviously not the same one 😉. Yes, I have a couple of clutches, but I use them rarely…give me a tote bag any day.

    • Liz K

      I love a great tote, Cimmie… Inside of which you will often find a clutch! Love the drama and practicality of a cape! And chuckles right back about “not the same one.” 😉


    Liz, Good Morning!! This girl loves a clutch!! Chanels style I have always admired! She was a very intesting woman! May the Lord bless you today!!

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