By Whitney.

Every year I wage an inner battle over outerwear. As the temperature drops, the debate begins: should I go for the tailored, classic coat or the romantic wool cape I cannot stop thinking about?

Usually the practicality of a coat wins out, but this season capes are really calling to me — tempting me with their grace and whimsy. I think it would give me a bit of smart European flair…with a smidge of undercover secret agent thrown in for good measure!

Anybody have experience in the realm of cape-donning? Tell me: do your arms freeze in the winter months? Is it a worthy sacrifice in the name of fashion?

As spied (stylishly) on The Sartorialist.