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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Cape Coat ($486) in Dark Navy Blue
Leather-Trim Stretch Wool Cape ($495) in Grey Multi
Animal Print Cape ($53)
Capon Leather-Trimmed Cashmere Cape ($854) in Navy
Hoodie Two PU Buckle Woolen Cape Coat ($79) in Grey
Felted Wool-Blend Melton Cape ($295) in Navy
Dark Shadow Cape ($779) in Black
Checked Studio Cape ($269) in Black
Nappa Cape ($3800) in Midnight Blue
Homestead Cape ($495) in Amethyst