How to Wear a Cape This Fall 2016: Styling

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Cape jacket (or coat – people classify it both ways) has returned to fashion around 2010 and since then has been a choice cover-up for fall year after year and doesn’t seem to be losing ground, thus making it a viable fashion investment. In addition to the practical side of this garment it is one of the most elegant outerwear designs you can think of and with the current variety of styles on offer you won’t have any problems finding the right one for you.


“More is more” motto of today’s fashion hasn’t left cape designs aside: various embellishments, embroidery and decorations turned this romantic jacket into a show-stopping piece. To keep the attention on the jacket pair it with basics like shirts, jumpers and jeans in solid colours.

Tip: If you are a hat-lover you are in luck, because wide-brim fedoras and capes are a match made in fashion heaven.

Statement Print

Capes have seen an update with bright colours and statement prints: you can go two ways here by either making the cape a focal point and opting for tonal dressing underneath or elevating the look to the max by adding more bold colours and standout pieces into the mix.

Tip: When pairing a cape with a dress or a skirt choose mini lengths or opt for the styles with hems finishing higher than the hemline of the cape. As for the footwear, over-the-knee and thigh-high boots will look best when combined with a cape, as they will visually elongate the silhouette.


Milimalist designs are the most versatile ones, you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Capes in solid black, dark grey and camel will look stylish with decorative jewellery like pins and brooches.

Tip: Trousers are made for capes, especially for the shorter designs. But choose wisely when it comes to pants: straight, slightly flared and slim fit in full length are your safe options, they balance out the volume of the top part of the look created by the cape. Cropped and wide leg trousers can be worn with a cape, but have to be carefully considered together, as depending on the design of both you might end up with a bulky voluminous silhouette that is far from flattering.


If you like to experiment, then mixing different styles in one look is for you, think military, sports and ladylike. Hi-lo play on contrasts can create some of the most unexpected yet stylish looks.

Tip: Shorts and mini skirts layered under a cape in combination with flat footwear, like masculine brogues or fashion sneakers and slip-ons will show off your leg and create a relaxed and comfortable go-anywhere look.

by Olga Permyakova

Cover Photo: Theresa Balderas @theresabalderas
Style: Pam Hetlinger @pamhetlinger

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