what is the difference betwen'cloak'and'cape"?

@Brook909 (111)
February 28, 2011 4:46am CST
hi,dear,i don't know the difference betweeen'cloak'and'cape",could you help me?thanks
5 responses
• Philippines
1 Mar 11
Both cloak and cape are outer garments that is worn to prevent cold and maintain body temperature as well as protect the garment worn inside it. A cloak is usually worn snugly to the body to promote temperature and protect clothing. Cloaks are usually tailored longer than cape and can disguise a person from head to foot. Cape, on the other hand, is a loose garment worn usually at the back of the body. A long cape can be considered as a 'train' as in a wedding train. Cape, in popular culture, is usually sported by superheroes as a costume accessory.
@Brook909 (111)
4 Mar 11
many thanks,jeanneyvonne,you gave the most detailed expaination
@Galena (9123)
28 Feb 11
a cape is shorter, finishing somwhere on the body. a cloak is longer. I would love it if cloaks came back into fashion, even briefly, so that people will get used to seeing them again, and not feel the need to remind me it's not halloween when I wear mine. this isn't because I want to be fashionable, because I couldn't care less about it, but I'd just like it to be normalised so that I could wear mine without being abused on the street. because a cloak is a lovely thing to wear. really snuggly.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
28 Feb 11
They can be relatively the same. It depends. A cloak can be more of a disguise - to cloak one's self in something. Think of something that wraps up the body, envelops it. A cape is more like a drapery. But they can be the same depending on the context.
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
As far as I know cloak and cape are just the same.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I believe a cloak is long (floor length) and has a hood. A cape is short with no hood.