Style Bee - Capote Coat

Capote Coat


Happy November everyone! Can you believe we’re down to just two months remaining in 2017? I can barely believe it but the temps are starting to get serious about dropping and I’ve started to get serious about my favourite closet category: coats!

Many of my coats have already seen the light of day a few times this season but one that’s been in hibernation is my Capote Coat by Lauren Manoogian. It’s part blanket, part Jedi costume (wish I’d thought of that last night) and part sweater but all together it’s a dream to have on hand when I’m braving these crisp November days.

The Capote Coat is also an item I get asked about a lot. It’s a very special piece and definitely an investment so today I’m sharing a dedicated outfit post all about it. If you’ve been eyeing one yourself but wonder about how warm it is, how to style it or how to care for it, this post is for you! Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a big cozy knit but looking for some budget-friendlier options I’ve stumbled across a few of those too.

So let’s have a look, shall we? 

Style Bee - Capote Coat



DESIGNED BY: LAUREN MANOOGIAN aka. the queen of responsible luxury knitwear.


MATERIAL: 93% Alpaca Wool 7% Polyamide (to maintain shape) which is super soft and non-irritating on the skin.


SIZE: One Size

PURCHASED: In 2015 during the NEED SUPPLY Cyber Monday sale. Currently 30% OFF!

WHERE TO GET IT: See a list below.

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This coat can work for a wide range of temperatures, it just depends on how you layer it. I’d say it’s good for anywhere between 0°C right up to 20°C depending on humidity, sun and how you’re using it. 

For low temps in the single digit range I wear it layered over a sweater or turtleneck. The thickness of my base layer can vary depending on how cold it is. If it’s very chilly I’ll wear a bodysuit base layer, cashmere or wool sweater tucked into a heavy pant with socks and boots. I’ll add gloves and a beanie if needed too. When we shot these photos it was about 6°C and I was nice and warm in this outfit (my sweater is a thin wool).

For higher temps in the double digits I’ll wear it over a cotton tee and jeans or my linen florence pants with a simple flat, running shoes or a pair of mules.

Indoors: I wear it as a sweater when I’m working in my office during the coldest winter months and it keeps me super toasty.

EXPERT TIP: To avoid the wind blowing it open, fold one side over the other and use your cross-body bag to hold it closed. I use this trick with all my minimal, open-front, button-less coats.

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I love this coat because it’s SO easy to style and goes with a zillion different items in my closet. The key is to let it be the statement and to keep everything else in the outfit super simple. Here’s how I have styled it based on temperature (and some other ideas!).

COLD (0°C-9°C):

  • With a sweater dress with tights and boots. Shown here.
  • Over my T-Sweater and a tunic with thick leggings, Chelsea boots and a beanie. Shown here.
  • Over a Cashmere Crew with Kamm Pants and Pistol Boots. Shown here. Similar here as well.

COOL (10°C-15°C)

  • Over a long sleeve sweater/button down with jeans and boots. Shown here and here.
  • Over a jumpsuit. Shown here.

WARM (16°C +)

  • Over a slip dress with flats. Shown here, here and here.
  • Over a cotton tank with jeans. Shown here and here.

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Generally, I treat this coat with care and I’m cognizant of where I leave it (ie: on a shelf not in a heap or on a hanger) and what I do when wearing it (ie: avoid rough surfaces). This has helped it stay in great shape over the last 2 years.

CARE: Hand wash cold, air dry flat. Or Dry Clean.

9/10 I’m wearing this coat over a sweater so it rarely comes into contact with my skin. Therefore I haven’t felt the need to wash it. I’ve spilled coffee and lots of other drinks on it but the Alpaca wool fibres are incredible when it comes to wicking away moisture so it’s always been super easy to spot clean as needed.

SHAPE: I’ve worn this coat for countless hours in my office, laying on the couch with my boys and a ton of times out and about and it has yet to show any signs of losing it’s shape. This is likely thanks to the poly content in addition to the already resilient nature of Alpaca wool. I keep it neatly folded on a shelf year-round and never smooshed into a space or hung on a hanger.

PILLING: Alpaca is wonderfully flexible fibre and can take a fair amount of rubbing, pulling and general wear. It is definitely a bit fuzzier than when I first got it but there is no pilling or pulls to speak of, even where my bag usually rubs on it.

PET FRIENDLY: Both my corgi and my cat shed a lot and this coat never shows it!

Style Bee - Capote Coat



Style Bee - Capote Coat


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Photography by Jacklyn Barber.

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  1. Ivy says:

    Hey thank you for sharing. Is this something that could be worn under another coat? I love alpaca sweater, but in general would want another layer more windproof to wear outside this. Is that possible to style with this coat’s dramatic shape? Thank you in advance!

  2. Stephanie L. says:

    Hi Lee! This coat is beautiful. I have the T sweater and currently searching for a coat that would work well with the dolman style sleeves. All my other coats have small armholes, which makes layering with this sweater difficult for me. Of the ones you recommended, could you suggest any that have a wider arm hole to pair well with the T sweater? Thanks!

  3. Kathy says:

    I love the look of your Capote Coat! The cement color is my favorite and I’m glad to see it’s still available on the Lauren Manoogian site. I’m 5’1″ and petite — do you think the coat would be overwhelming on my frame?

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hey Kathy! Thank you! The cement is such a unique colour, works great with black, white and all sorts of neutrals. Good question, I’m 5’7 and it’s definitely a big coat on me. Depends if you’re comfortable in oversize outerwear or if you prefer a slimmer fit. If you’re usually going for petite sizes it will probably be too big. This model is 5’4 and I think it looks great on her frame. In case that reference helps! xo

  4. Kat says:

    Love this coat!
    Slightly related question, you link to a post where you’re wearing the perfect black matte tights, where are they from? Any good recommendations on warm winter tights/ wool ones?

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Cat! Good question, I bought those from American Apparel. I recently found this pair but haven’t ordered yet and this brand is also on my list to try. Basically anything 110 DEN and over should give you that true coverage look, which I love. Hope that helps!

  5. Lia says:

    Love this in depth post, Lee! This sweater is beautiful and I love how many ways you’ve styled it.

    I’m so glad you mentioned how you keep your sweaters closed. You are the queen of open coats haha. I find crossbodies to be super uncomfortable (maybe due to larger bust?) so I never wear them. I guess I’m destined for less sleek options as NYC is way too windy to wear an open front. Le sigh.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks for reading Lia! Open coats are a major addiction of mine and yeah, the wind is a problem. In Guelph, I end up driving around to places a lot (no subway) so I can get away with open coats more. I’m on a mission to find a chic removeable solution for keeping them closed though. Thinking heavy magnet or something along those lines. I’ve considered adding buttons but I just can’t bring myself to bastardize the design haha. Hope you’re staying cozy and safe in NYC. xo

  6. Divya says:

    Go glad you did a post on sweater coats! I have been on the hunt for a good coat for sometime now. I considered purchasing the Capote Coat but ultimately settled in Madewell Rivington coat. I felt the Capote Coat might be too heavy for northern Cali weather. I haven’t received the Rivington coat yet so we will see! Still love the Capote Coat though….thanks for the post!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Divya! So happy that this post was helpful. I would agree that the Capote might be too heavy for North Cali weather. Good call 🙂 Hope the Rvington works out for you, it’s a beauty! xo