Capes are back

Lynnette Peck / 05 February 2016

Capes are back in fashion with elegant tailored capes that vary from cropped to long and patterned to plain.



Every few years capes make an appearance on the fashion catwalks and then a few months later the high street is awash with them. This is one of those years, and right now there is something to suit every taste in the cape category.

They are probably like Marmite, but we will presume you fall into the I-love-capes camp as you are reading this page...

Capes are such a statement piece and so sophisticated that people are sure to comment wherever you go.

How to carry off a cape

  • Capes work especially well with-slim fitting trousers and tall boots, but they can look equally stylish with skirts and dresses too.
  • Capes usually reveal yours arms, so ensure that in the colder months you are wearing long sleeves.
  • Long gloves, in leather or velvet preferably, also come into their own when wearing capes as a dramatic and practical option.
  • Handbags do have to be thought through as well - shoulder bags will simply slide off your shoulder so opt for a large clutch or tote bag.

Five reasons to buy a cape

1. Capes are incredibly slimming, as they don’t have the bulk of a winter coat

2. It is acceptable to keep your cape on indoors if you are a bit chilly when attending an event

3. Capes will go with everything in your wardrobe

4. The ultimate comfort blankets, capes easy to wrap around the parts of you that you need to keep the chill off

5. Capes don't judge if you've put on a few extra pounds.

Top four capes to buy now

David Barry camel wool-mix cape

Wear with trousers for a fabulous autumnal look

£59.99: debenhams.com

H&M Dark Blue/Checked Cape

Great to wear over a shirt and jeans.

£15: 2.hm.com

Ted Baker Zailia Cape Cardigan in dark blue

A classic piece that can be worn at home or out and about, as it is a cardigan cape.

£99: johnlewis.com

Laura Clement Long Collarless Cape

Perfect for winter day-wear as this is extra-long for warmth.

£169: laredoute.co.uk

Please note

Prices and web addresses correct at the time of publication in February 2016; updated May 2016

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