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OstentatiousBreastfeeder · 11/09/2015 22:40

Full disclosure, I am a Harry Potter fan.

They look so cosy and warm! I want to swish about the place in a mid-length cloak/hooded cape and feel magical.

DH thinks I will look like a twit but he's stupid.

I'll look fabulous won't I?

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JeffsanArsehole · 11/09/2015 22:42

Unless you're very Scottish Widows tall then no, you will look like a demented Per Una pottery teacher.

I look like a Hobbit in one Sad, not even pottery teacher smart


OstentatiousBreastfeeder · 11/09/2015 22:43

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iamEarthymama · 11/09/2015 22:47

Oh I want one too!
I had a cloak when I was 17! I loved it so much
Then was boring for many years but now have a style that would look wonderful with a cloak
Get one, where is the bloody rule book that says you can't!


Wolfiefan · 11/09/2015 22:47

Ooooo! Great idea.

Hmmm. I might look a bit like an overweight Snape though. (On the plus side no greasy hair!)
I do have a wand (Harry Potter experience) so perhaps I could carry it off?!


grumpybear68 · 11/09/2015 22:48

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Wolfiefan · 11/09/2015 22:49

But grumpy maybe he is!


sproketmx · 11/09/2015 22:51

Get a wool one. My auntie wears a maroon one in the winter with a wooly hat jeans winter boots and one of them handmuff things. She looks fab. I dont have the patience to accessorise like she does tho


NeedsAsockamnesty · 11/09/2015 22:52

I have a dark purple floor length one.

I bloody love it


TheMotherOfHellbeasts · 11/09/2015 22:52

Shock at JeffersanArsehole. Ignore, OP you would indeed look fabulous.
I have one, I have (once) worn it to ride my horse in (he's enormous, sleek and jet black) I felt truly magical and was enjoying it billowing behind me, cantering along, all Mills and Boon style, until I saw DH, our foreman and the hands falling about laughing. The rat bastards. Angry. I haven't worn it since Sad.


TheSpottedZebra · 11/09/2015 22:56

I uses to have one. I loved it, and used to swish about, channelling Batfink.


TheSpottedZebra · 11/09/2015 22:56

(used to)


OstentatiousBreastfeeder · 11/09/2015 22:58

Ooooh, a wool one! I have my eye on a navy one with a grey fur trim.

It will match my Ravenclaw scarf perfectly...

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Fatmomma99 · 12/09/2015 00:48

My DH said I was too old for a bowler hat as in Sally Bowles in Caberet. (I wasn't at any point suggesting anything else about her costume)
I think I could have carried off a bowler Sad


Fatmomma99 · 12/09/2015 00:49

btw, if you do go for the cloak, which - btw - I think you should, you MUST cast spells whilst wearing it. But not the 3....


cocobean2805 · 12/09/2015 01:15

I'm currently secretly trying to create a cape/wizard robes (and a maroon 'Ron' jumper) for my Dsis for Christmas! She's got the height to carry shit like that off leggy bitch I tried some on at HP studios and had to conceed I was more "we're taking the hobbits to eisengard" than a regal Hermione.

I agree that if you have one, you need a wand "accio gin!" And don't let the muggles get you down! Grin


BoomBoomsCousin · 12/09/2015 01:57

I had a cloak. I looked stunning in it (I'm 5' 2" (almost) and there was nothing per una like about me thank you JeffsanArsehole ). I was classy and bold and boys bowed at my feet. (I was also 17 and this is 30 years ago). I loved it. It was surprisingly warm and made every outfit dressy while being (mainly) practical. Unfortunately a exfriend threw up on it in the back of his dad's car on the way back from Christian youth group that we had snuck out of in order to drink cider in the local town square. Despite being dry cleaned (eventually once I could afford it) it never recovered neither did my standing with ex-friend's parents, even though it was his bloody idea to down two bottles of strongbow instead of reading the gospel and singing naff songs.

In any case, get a cloak. Despite the end story I regret nothing Grin.


Adarajames · 12/09/2015 01:59

I have 3 Sort of work uniform if you like, along with long gowns and sometimes tiaras Grin

One is denim with fleece lining, my most utilitarian one that also use like a dressing gown when camping / at festivals to and from showers etc. another is green velvet, did have a train originally but got in the way so cut it down to floor length, other is a sort of mole skin in dusky green with Celtic design around edges.

I LOVE wearing cloaks


Solo · 12/09/2015 02:01

I have a cloak dressmaking pattern...not had to guts to make it yet and scared that if I do, I'll never wear it because I'll feel silly...could we start a trend?


Spermysextowel · 12/09/2015 02:44

When I was about 9 my mother made capes for my sisters & me using Welsh tapestry fabric. Not only were they extremely warm, they were fairly water-repellent too. & reversible! The fabric was also sturdy & rigid so you could cut a swathe through the herds of sheep (I never had to do this in any of my visits to The Mumbles) then just gently sink into a sitting position & have your own instant tent. The best feature was the arm holes; little slashes that you could extend & retract your hands through at will. This facilitated the use of The Muff. Red velvet in the outside: faux-fur on the inside complete with little zip-up pocket to keep the 2p emergency phone-box money in.
A cloak is swishy but I think that a cape & muff combo is the definitive in urban outerwear.


iamEarthymama · 12/09/2015 02:51

Spermy I have a blanket in that very material!
Pass me the scissors!


Spermysextowel · 12/09/2015 02:56

You will also need a little bias-binding to prevent fraying at the arm holes, but you'll probably enjoy it more than when it was a blanket. It's hard to avoid the Alexis Carrington look on the shoulders tho.


PomBearWithAnOFRS · 12/09/2015 05:40

A friend of mine makes beautiful capes and cloaks in gorgeous velvets and satins, (I'm not touting honest!) and she sells them at all the "Renaissance Faires" and Whitby Goth Weekend and such like places, and they are very popular. They are utterly lovely and snuggly and look amazing (as well as hiding a multitude of sins Grin ) but are no good in the rain Grin
She made my pfb a black velvet opera cape lined with purple satin, with silver clasp at the throat for his senior school prom a while back OMG almost ten years ago now I work it out! and he carried a swagger cane with a silver skull on the end and wore full black tie with matching purple cummerbund and he was so vote Prom King shamelessly brags


InimitableJeeves · 12/09/2015 07:58

We used to have cloaks at school. They were brilliantly practical, much more so than coats.


Sighing · 12/09/2015 08:02

I own several. My absolute favourite was purchased in Tunisia (in midnight blue) it is essentially what was used for the outer jedi robe in Star Wars. It's wonderful.
For wearing them I do reenactment lrp and cosplay. (I love costume). But my cloaks come out at every opportunity. I feel cosy and confident swathed in a cloak. They definitely lend me swagger.


Hobbes8 · 12/09/2015 08:09

I've never thought about cloaks before and now it's all I want.

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