So you know that nice Allsaints burgundy cocoon coat I got at SSIF? Unfortunately I haven't been wearing much lately, because when I wore it DH told me it's too big for me and doesn't look flattering on me. I think it's too avant garde for him and he doesn't get the cocoon silhouette. I hate to admit that his comments bug me, but it makes me question whether I look fat in it and kind of took the wind out of my sails. I had returned the burgundy Helene Berman cape that I bought at NAS in favor of the cocoon coat, but found myself wishing I had it back. Even though it's just as "big" on me, it was a more conventional piece and I wished I had it to go with the all the other pieces I bought at NAS. Then one of my patients showed up for an office visit wearing it, and I thought, OMG I want my cape back! I searched on Nordstrom and even called customer service, but it was all sold out and I was dismayed. Fortunately though, I didn't give up and kept digging, and found it for sale at Nordstrom Rack online! Apparently when they clearance items, they move all the stock to the Rack. I'm surprised they didn't suggest that when I was on the phone with Nordstrom CS, but I'll definitely keep that in mind in the future. I was so happy to find the cape again, plus it was almost half the price of when I bought it at NAS! I had bought a camel Helene Berman cape at NAS when I joined YLF 3 years ago, but ended up returning it because the camel color wasn't good with my skin coloring. But this burgundy is perfect for my deep autumn color palette and matches with my whole "navy and burgundy" fall wardrobe, including the Halogen floral sweater and a bunch of my plaid and lace items. I've been wearing it a bunch and even copying the catalog models. It's surprisingly versatile! Anyways, I finally have my superhero cape now and I'm not letting it go again! Do any of you have tales of "the one that almost got away"? Thanks for your comments!

1-3. Volume over volume--Helene Berman burgundy cape with H&M burgundy/rose plaid A line skirt, WHBM white blouse and H&M grey cardigan. Matchy Matchy burgundy patent Betsey Johnson quilted heart satchel and Aquatalia boots. And Kate Spade specs necklace to match my own specs, and to complete the "librarian" look.
4-5. Complete ripoff of the "mannequin"--with Equipment plaid sweater, Equipment blouse, and DVF navy lace pencil skirt.
6-8. Another model copycat--with Equipment plaid shirt and VC moto leggings
9-12. Double dose of florals with Halogen floral sweater and new Kate Spade cream perforated floral satchel (bought at Kate Spade surprise sale with gift card from DH that I still had from my birthday).
13. The camel Helene Berman cape that did get away...

14-15. The "too big" cocoon coat...

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