The Cape Dress Crusade

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When I tell you this blog post has been a year in the works, it’s no joke. That’s how long my journey for a cape dress has been.

It’s been so long, I can’t even remember what inspired me to search for a cape dress other than the fact that Gwenyth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and Solange rocked these bad boys.

But being budget conscious really hampered my efforts. What I wanted was an AFFORDABLE, black, short version. I started hunting in November of 2014 with the plan to wear the dress to my husband’s work Christmas party.

I found a couple of designer options for hundreds of dollars. Laughable!

Then, I found this one from Nasty Gal for $80 (currently on sale). That was still more than I wanted to pay.

cape dress
Nasty Gal

So, I turned to cheapy website, SheIn (it was actually SheInside at the time). It was only about $17! Jackpot! Or so I thought…

cape dress 2

I was so nervous because I had just read an article about how sizing is so skewed for these fast fashion sites based in Asian countries. Not to mention, the quality is hit or miss. I waited anxiously for the mail, knowing it could arrive between two weeks or two months (based on horror stories)! After a couple of weeks, it finally arrived! I got a size medium and knew immediately it wasn’t going to cut it. It was SO short. As a woman who likes short shorts/dresses/skirts, it was even too short for my taste! Plus, it was a little snug. I thought, maybe if I lose a little weight it will fit better. So during my phase of hopeful weight loss, I held on to it, just in case… and continued looking.

I found another one from

cape dress

It was $37 and is currently sold out in black, but it is still available in blue and red. I ordered it even though it was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I just figured it would fit better since it’s American-based. WRONG! It was SHORTER! if that was even possible. I was one sneeze away from exposing my lady parts.

Fast forward to 2015! Yes, a year later. I actually found two more options. One at Forever 21 for $20 (used coupon for 20% off) and another from Charlotte Russe for $16 (special promotional price). I ordered both!

The Forever 21 version had more breathing room, but was still pretty short. The Charlotte Russe version was super tight, but the length was perfect! After much pondering, I decided to go with the Forever 21 version.

So, a year after my cape dress crusade began, I FINALLY got to wear it to my husband’s office Christmas party!

cape me

I hate that I didn’t take any great pics, so this is the best you’ll get. I decided to style it with gold accessories: a heeled sandal, clutch, etc. I’m pretty happy with the end result!

Moral of the story: good things come to those who wait! Whether it’s a certain item or a certain item for a certain price, if you want something bad enough, be diligent and patient!

Thanks for reading!


2 thoughts on “The Cape Dress Crusade

    Maggie said:
    January 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I kinda love cape dresses!! Love this roundup 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      Budding Fashionista responded:
      January 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      I totally love them and can’t wait to wear mine again sometime! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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