5 Ways To Wear A Cape

A cape can be the superhero of your fall wardrobe, working relentlessly to save your office, weekend, and even after-hours looks from mundane territory. Of course, it’s all in the way you style the key piece. Since the trend can be tricky to master at first, we’re showing you five fresh outfit ideas to try now—no mask or special powers required.

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    You may not be a caped crusader, but pulling off this outerwear essential is surprisingly easy. Whether it’s simply a cozy addition to season staples or doubles as a tuxedo jacket, you’ll be surprised at how versatile the cape can be in your daily mix. Keep reading to shop the look. 

     

    Photographer: Luke Wooden

    Hair and Makeup: Michelle Mungcal at Atelier

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    Blanket Cape

    For the weekend, embrace the outdoorsy aspect of a blanket cape with a slouchy knit hat and denim overalls. The look reads relaxed, yet still on trend. 

    Brixton Heist Beanie ($18) in Black; Ralph Lauren Black Label Laird Cape ($2,998) in Black Emerald; BDG Denim Overalls ($69) in Rinsed Denim; Joe’s Jeans Rolled Tux Tee Shirt ($88) in Cloud; Vince Camuto VC Signature Rekha Heels ($250) in Black Patent.

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    Knit Cape

    Throw on a cozy knit cape in lieu of a chunky sweater. The poncho-esque piece serves as the ideal lightweight layer over worn-in denim and a swingy skirt. 

    Gap Sweater Zip Cape ($70) in Cashew Crunch; Levi’s Authentic Trucker Jacket ($58) in Rosebud Blue; M Missoni Knit Top ($495, 714.641.3170, similar style here); Surface to Air Plaid Tate Skirt ($250) in Black; HUE Basic Anklet Socks ($7) in Black; Coach Hattie Booties ($298) in Dark Ginger.

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    Dramatic Cape

    A cape that hits below the knees mimics the drama of a menswear-inspired coat. When working with so much material, the key is to keep the items underneath simple and structured, hence, the crisp button-down and skinny jeans. To offset the look’s borrowed-from-the-boys feel, finish with a strong heel. 

    Rodebjer Cikoria Cape ($848) in Camel Peach; Rachel Comey Pillar Stripe Mere Shirt ($242, similar style here) in Blue; BLK DNM Jeans 22 ($190) in Staple Grey; Tibi Vera Boots ($575) in Black.

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    Evening Cape

    For a modern play on the tuxedo suit, let a sleek black cape double as your blazer. Unexpected additions, like a felt hat and embossed pants, give your look that immediate cool factor. 

    Janessa Leone Angie Hat ($150) in Black; BCBGMAXAZRIA Upas Cape Jacket ($248) in Black; LNA Camino Chiffon-Trimmed Slub Jersey Top ($55) in White; Maje Combo Skinny Embossed Detail Pants ($390) in Black; Bones and Feathers Collective Fox + Chain Necklace ($165); Schutz Gilberta Pumps ($200) in Black.

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    Trench Cape

    The timeless trench cape lends itself to a myriad of styling options, but our favorite is contrasting its classic nature with more daring, of-the-moment pieces. A patent leather skirt and leopard heels act as the ying to the coat’s very sophisticated yang.

    Burberry Brit Cape ($1,195, similar style here); Tibi Color Block Turtleneck ($275) in Black; Iris & Ink Textured Vinyl Skirt ($130) in Black; Schutz Nina Heels ($220, 212.257.4366, similar style here

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    A.P.C.

    Cape Coat ($486) in Dark Navy Blue 

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    Rachel Zoe

    Leather-Trim Stretch Wool Cape ($495) in Grey Multi 

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    Warehouse

    Animal Print Cape ($53) 

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    Sheinside

    Hoodie Two PU Buckle Woolen Cape Coat ($79) in Grey 

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    Michael Michael Kors

    Felted Wool-Blend Melton Cape ($295) in Navy

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    Stretsis

    Dark Shadow Cape ($779) in Black

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    Zara

    Checked Studio Cape ($269) in Black

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    Mulberry

    Nappa Cape ($3800) in Midnight Blue 

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    Ellsworth and Ivey

    Homestead Cape ($495) in Amethyst

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Heist Beanie

Heist Beanie

Brixton, $18
SHOP
Laird Cape

Laird Cape

Ralph Lauren Black Label, $2998
SHOP
Denim Overalls

Denim Overalls

BDG, $69
SHOP
Rolled Tux Tee Shirt

Rolled Tux Tee Shirt

Joe’s Jeans, $88
SHOP
Rekha Heels

Rekha Heels

Vince Camuto VC Signature, $250
SHOP
Sweater Zip Cape

Sweater Zip Cape

Gap, $70
SHOP
Authentic Trucker Jacket

Authentic Trucker Jacket

Levi’s, $58
SHOP
Long Sleeve Sweater

Long Sleeve Sweater

M Missoni, $300
SHOP
Plaid Tate Skirt

Plaid Tate Skirt

Surface to Air, $250
SHOP
Basic Anklet Socks

Basic Anklet Socks

HUE, $7
SHOP
Hattie Booties

Hattie Booties

Coach, $298
SHOP
Cikoria Cape

Cikoria Cape

Rodebjer, $848
SHOP
Stripe Source Top

Stripe Source Top

Rachel Comey, $219
SHOP
Jeans 22

Jeans 22

BLK DNM, $190
SHOP
Vera Boots

Vera Boots

Tibi, $575
SHOP
Angie Hat

Angie Hat

Janessa Leone, $150
SHOP
Upas Cape Jacket

Upas Cape Jacket

BCBGMAXAZRIA, $248
SHOP
Camino Chiffon-Trimmed Slub Jersey Top

Camino Chiffon-Trimmed Slub Jersey Top

LNA, $55
SHOP
Combo Skinny Embossed Detail Pants

Combo Skinny Embossed Detail Pants

Maje, $390
SHOP
Fox + Chain Necklace

Fox + Chain Necklace

Bones and Feathers Collective, $165
SHOP
Gilberta Pumps

Gilberta Pumps

Schutz, $200
SHOP
Swing Duffle Coat

Swing Duffle Coat

Burberry Brit, $895
SHOP
Color Block Turtleneck

Color Block Turtleneck

Tibi, $275
SHOP
Textured Vinyl Skirt

Textured Vinyl Skirt

Iris & Ink, $130
SHOP
Imera Leopard Print Pumps

Imera Leopard Print Pumps

Schutz, $198
SHOP
Dark Shadow Cape

Dark Shadow Cape

Stretsis, $779
SHOP
Nappa Cape

Nappa Cape

Mulberry, $3800
SHOP
Cape Coat

Cape Coat

A.P.C., $486
SHOP
Capon Leather-Trimmed Cashmere Cape

Capon Leather-Trimmed Cashmere Cape

Joseph, $854
SHOP
Felted Wool-Blend Melton Cape

Felted Wool-Blend Melton Cape

Michael Michael Kors, $295
SHOP
Leather-Trim Stretch Wool Cape

Leather-Trim Stretch Wool Cape

Rachel Zoe, $495
SHOP
Animal Print Cape

Animal Print Cape

Warehouse, $49
SHOP
Checked Studio Cape

Checked Studio Cape

Zara, $269
SHOP
Hoodie Two PU Buckle Woolen Cape Coat

Hoodie Two PU Buckle Woolen Cape Coat

Sheinside, $79
SHOP
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