The Surprising Coat Style Fashion Girls Will Be Investing In This Season

One of my favorite buys of the fall season is unquestionably a cape. My $150 Zara find has major Celine vibes is absolutely everything I’ve been looking for in a coat—bold, fashion-forward and decidedly unique. Capes and cloaks had a huge presence on the F/W 19 runways, with designers like Oscar de la Renta and Prada styling the outerwear with everything from skinny jeans to leather pants and minis.

They’re powerful, alluring, and a little mysterious, exuding a touch of 19th-century romance, not to mention the fact that they’re an unquestionably chic alternative to the average wool coat. We’ve seen them on a plethora of fashion girls and celebrities so far this season, and we predict they’ll be all over our feeds by the time the leaves start to fall.

Ready to embrace the style in your everyday wardrobe? Whether you go for lighter poncho styles, heavier wool capes, plaid patterns, or dramatic ankle length cloaks, capes are surprisingly easy to wear—throw one on with jeans and boots, or a miniskirt and tights for looks that will work for both day and night. Scroll below to get inspired on how to wear them and shop our favorites of the season.

On the runway:

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Courtesy of Celine

At Celine, beautiful mid-length capes were thrown over sweaters, skinny jeans, and over-the-knee boots for a super-approachable and easy-to-emulate daytime look.

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Victor Boyvko, Getty Images

Chanel's floor-grazing cloaks were enchanting. Worn over trending leather trousers and ruffle-neck blouses, this is a gorgeous winter evening look.

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Courtesy of J.W. Anderson

Luxury wool and knit capes in easy-to-wear neutral hues were worn over smart check trousers and sandals in a perfect look for fall temps.

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Peter White, Getty Images

Capes were dominant at Miu Miu, taking center stage in the form of raincoats, trenches, and shearling fabrics, adding a dose of glamor to the average cold-weather coat.

On the Street:

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Adam Katz Sinding

For added wow factor go for a cape in a confident and powerful red hue. Perfect for the holiday season.

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Christian Vierig, Getty Images

Caroline Maigret shows us how to create a stunning day-to-night look by pairing a black cape over a vibrant red outfit.

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Matthew Sperzel, Getty Images

Capes lend themselves perfectly for fancier events. We suggest throwing one over a pretty feminine dress at your next fall wedding.

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Daniel Zuchnik, Getty Images

Don't be afraid of prints and textures. A plaid, check, or tweed cape coat is a great alternative to your average blazer.

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Christian Vierig, Getty Images

Style your cape with a miniskirt for a cool layering effect that will add interest to your look.

Shop more capes:

How gorgeous will this look over your tailored separates?

A knitted cape style sweater will look cozy and chic over skinny jeans and knee-high boots.

Trade your regular trench for a sophisticated cape style instead.

We'll be wrapping this over every sweater, blazer, and dress this fall.