The Cape Scarf

I’ve worn ponchos from time to time (and I’ll cover them more in the next few weeks), but last year I got my first cape scarf to style and I really enjoy the look. In the world of these cape scarfs, there are many names applied to them – wraps, shawls, and even ruanas. For this post I’m going to refer to them as cape scarves.


Here is the current cape/scarf I own originally from Tuckernuck but the same one is less expensive from Modcloth. They don’t have this exact print this year but they have two similar ones!

I really like how the inside is a different pattern. It’s technically reverse-able but I’ve only worn the plaid side out so far. I’ll definitely be wearing the other side out soon to get the most out of it!

I think the style is very ladylike and high end when worn right. I want to get a few more for the fall/winter as they are a classic item that happens to be on-trend in the fashion world right now which means a great time to find a nice variety to choose from. My only hesitation with them is if the plaid ones look too much like a plaid blanket draped around an outfit, but I believe keeping the rest of the outfit tailored and polished will balance out the heavy nature of the cape scarf to create an overall stylish look.

I took to pinterest to find a little more inspiration and I think all these girls nail the cape scarf in a fun and mature way that’s not frumpy one bit.


I found a few styles from J. Crew I really liked, but would love your help picking it out. I’m leaning towards option #2 or #3 and tried both of them on in store. I am a little leary of the plaid one looking like I took a blanket and wrapped it around my outfit, but I know wearing more form fitting clothes underneath will help with that. Choice #2 is an ivory and black, and I don’t wear a lot of black, but I do love a buffalo check.

—-Please let me know in the comments which choice you like! —-


If you haven’t heard the news from Instagram, I’m pregnant (17 weeks!) so I’ve been really thinking over how I’ll want to dress during this time. I was very discouraged for a long time thinking there weren’t a lot of classic/preppy options since clothes are a big part of my life. One day I remembered one of my old favorite Instagrammers, Karla Reed, had a few very fashionable pregnancies without using many maternity clothes! Her second pregnancy was very preppy and classic and gave me hope for figuring this thing out. 🙂

Disclaimer: While I may be sharing my outfits that fit a maternity style from time to time, it will not be solely about pregnancy or maternity wear. I want to continue posting content that serves a clear purpose of showing my style alongside practical tips and tricks for your wardrobe. I want my readers to come away from a blog post learning something applicable to themselves and not just a place for pictures.


5 Comments on The Cape Scarf

  1. Julie VanNieulande
    September 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I like the buffalo check plaid!

  2. SFE
    September 25, 2017 at 8:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve had my eye on the third option for a while! It reminds me of a favourite J. Crew plaid shirt from a few years back. I think the colours of #3 would really complement many of the pieces I’ve seen you wear on this blog and Instagram.

    • thedressdecoded
      September 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment! I do think it would be easy to style with my current wardrobe. I think you should get it too!

  3. Kristen from Pugs & Pearls
    September 26, 2017 at 7:45 am (6 years ago)

    Such a cozy look! Congratulations on your pregnancy, I can’t wait to see what looks you will put together. I’ve never seen any preppy maternity clothes, so you’ve got your work cut out for you!
    Definitely had my eye on your bag from M&G! I was planning on getting the brown, but the red is so fun.

    • thedressdecoded
      September 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

      There aren’t many preppy maternity clothes! I got some maternity chinos from Gap that I’m really happy with and am planning on wearing a lot of capes and ponchos.

      The bag is cute in any color! I love a pop of red so I gravitated towards that one, but brown may be more practical!


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