is a type of loose
which is worn over
and serves the
same purpose as an
it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example,
or it may form part of a fashionable outfit (e.g. opera
cloak) or uniform. A cloak is part of the stereotypical
outfit associated with witches, wizards and vampires.
Cloaks are as old as history; there has always been some
form of long outer garment used to protect people from the
weather. Over time the cloaks have evolved and changed their
look to match current styles and
Cloaks generally fasten at the neck or over the shoulder,
vary in length, from ankle all the way up to the hip, mid
calf being the normal length. A short cloak may also be
cape. They may have an
hood, and may have holes
or slits for the hands to pass through.
In fantasy, cloaks are often magical and can grant the
wearer (among other things) invisibility.