Old Fashioned Winter Cloaks and Capes

Okay so I found the cape on the right on Etsy, but what I was originally looking for was old fashioned cloaks.

The great thing about old fashioned style cloaks is just how amazingly warm they keep the wearer. Even though they are open at the front and the bottom, the cloak hoards heat and traps it inside making it amazingly warm - and there is still plenty of ventilation so you never feel like you are overheating.

But finding stores that sell such cloaks are a bit hard to find. I am looking for a full length cloak, that goes down past your knees (true full length cloaks drag on the ground a bit, which means they have to be cleaned regularly).

Sort of like the ones you see in the TV show "Game of Thrones" and worn by Sansa Stark, Rob Stark, Jon Snow, Eddard Stark, etc. Below is a photo of Sansa Stark's cloak with a hood.

One of the things I like about Sansa is that she is always amazingly well dressed. Even when her world feels like it is falling apart around her, she is always surprisingly well dressed (and well mannered even when being slapped by Joffrey's henchmen). But you can see the fire of rebellion in her eyes.

Below is an example of the dress Sansa wears to her aunt's funeral:

Anyway, back to cloaks.

The only websites I can find cloaks on apparently are medieval times websites that sell "costumes" and Etsy. Below are examples of cloaks I found on Etsy and similar websites.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The phrase "One Size Fits All" means one of three things:

1. That the item of clothing in question is adjustable, often through straps, buckles, etc. However this level of adjustment doesn't always mean that it fits everyone. It just means it fits people within the range of adjustability.

2. That the item of clothing stretches. However there are limits to how far clothing can stretch. eg. If watching The Incredible Hulk on DVD, you know there is no way those pants of his stretch enough to keep covering his big green behind. He is simply too big.

3. That the item of clothing both stretches and has adjustable straps and buckles. This gives a much bigger range of comfort.

However "One Size Fits All" doesn't mean that the clothing in question is comfortable to wear - or fashionable. Often it means you will feel like a sausage being squeezed, as says one of the people in the video below which shows women of different sizes trying on various so called "one size fits all" pieces of clothing. As you can see in the video the clothing often doesn't really fit and is also uncomfortable.

I will say however that there are a few articles of clothing out there that do actually fit almost anyone and don't have to be adjusted or stretchy. They are:

Floppy Hats or Straw Hats
Certain types of Wrap Dresses (not all wrap dresses are capable)
Wrap Skirts
Large Scarves
Jewelry (depends on the jewelry)

Basically just the clothing that by their very nature are adjustable to many different sizes.

I am not predicting there will be a huge increase in the number of people out there wearing capes or cloaks however - not unless we see a huge drop in global temperatures. (Old fashioned cloaks are super warm to wear in the winter.)

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