First came Liberace. Then came Solange. And now, Rebel Wilson shows us that the cape isn’t just for theatrical and melodramatic events (to be sure, that includes saving innocents from dastardly villains). The Adrianna Papell dress itself is a simple, above-the-knee sheath style that should be a staple in every woman’s closet, but the attached cape — which featured a shocking-pink lining that matched her Aldo pumps — is anything but business casual.
And during an evening where what you wear gets dissected and discussed for the entire Internet, Rebel got ahead of the critics, and told reporters that the reason she wore the cape-dress was because of “girl powers.” A perfect, loaded answer to a basic, simple question.
It's a dress shape that's got a ton of potential: There's a clear outline to your body, so you still come off as human-shaped instead of sack-shaped. But, the cape gives the dress a helping of glamor that turns a boardroom staple into a bona fide fashion moment. Plus, there's all that swooshing and swishing that a cape begs for — and you thought pockets were the ultimate garment detail for girls who don't know what to do with their hands at parties. And, there's that added benefit about feeling as commanding and capable in a cape as Superman does in his; it's difficult to be a wallflower when you look like you're about to save the world every time you enter a room.