As promised, here are the drawings of me in my cloak, although for some reason, much to my own annoyance, I've labelled them here as 'cape' instead of 'cloak'. As regular readers will know, it's been my Lifelong Dream to own a CLOAK, not a cape. You can buy 'capes' in Topshop and while they're perfectly nice and functional, what I'm talking about is a full-on, sweeping Scottish Widow* style CLOAK, the type of garment you could wear all afternoon whilst wandering the moors looking for Heathcliff and then come evening, you only have to swap the bodice and petticoats underneath for a bodycon dress and you're good to party.
Oh but that's not all they're good for- cloaks are so versatile! A lot of my friends have questioned how wearable a black, hooded cloak is in this day and age, but the possibilities are literally endless which is partly why I did the doodles in the first place. For anyone questioning the practicality of cloaks- I think my diagrams illustrate the futility of your boring questions.
The first and foremost function of my cloak will be, of course, to fight crime, possibly accessorised with some sort of longer length foot wear as I've illustrated here:
As well as being a protector, hero and all-round Good Guy, my cloak could easily be used to inspire fear and uncomfortableness, if I felt like it:
But I will not just wear my cloak for Fantastical and/or Magical Reasons (fighting crime, lurking in the shadows, riding dragons etc); there are many, many, many everyday social situations that call for the casual majesty of a cloak. I can't be bothered to list all of them right now, but one such example of when I could wear my cloak in Paris is going to the opera: (In my drawing, I've depicted somebody walking to the opera along the river, on cobbles, but I'm sure the cloak would look equally good if you were traveling to the opera by bus or bicycle.)
Finally, how about trading in the cliched 'showing up at his door wearing nothing but a raincoat' idea for 'showing up at his door wearing your underwear, and a full-length, hooded black cloak'? Personally, I think it's a winner:
So. There you have it. Nobody can ever say cloaks aren't wearable again. The really exciting news is that when I went back to England, Amy told me she had bought a sewing pattern for my cloak and she is going to make it and send it to me as soon as she can!!!!
My Cloak Dream is nearly upon us!
It's going to change my life!!
When everyone starts wearing them, remember who got one first.
Left Bank Manc, aka Cloak Girl.
When my cloak finally gets here I might take some photos of myself swishing about the streets of Paris in it. (With clothes underneath, I promise.)
*For any non-English readers, Scottish Widow is an insurance company and their ads used to feature a lady striding around the heather in a full-length, hooded cloak.