OK, people call this article of clothing by many different names. I call it a capelet. By this I mean it does not have sleeves. A capelet with sleeves is a bolero swing, in my universe. But is does have a collar and it is cut to hang over the shoulders, otherwise it's more of a stole or a shawl.
I really love the neck warmers, but they aren't capelets, more like excited chokers or collars. I have a beautiful one from Clockwork Couture.
1900 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
I like fuzzy capelets, I think the shorter length lends itself to the added volume. No, it doesn't have to be real fur. Mine happens to be fake. Instead it can be fuzzy knitted angora or made of feathers.
1890s The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mine came from H&M some 6 years ago, a present costing round about $15.
I do really love the capelets that look like tiny little capes. But I don't wear my cream one all that often, so I can't justify another investment.
For Sophronia Temmminnick (the Finishing School series)
1855 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For Mrs Loontwill in her younger years.
1860 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For Mrs Tunstell (nei Ivy Hisselpenny)
1880 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
For Countess Nadasdy.
1895 Emile Pingat The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For Prudence. She likes a little sparkle ~ Lord Akeldama's influence.
1897 The Metropolitan Museum of Art