Think capes are just for superheroes? Think again! This season, they’re a top contender for style mavens who are looking to keep warm while looking cool. Here at Fashionista, where we’re just slightly obsessed with every such major trend, we decided to delve a little bit deeper into the cape and pick out our fave styles...
Surprise, surprise: Capes are not a new trend, per se. Actually, in the 1950’s, these sleeveless shells were de rigueur for most ladies out for a night on the town. Want to get in touch with the cape’s retro roots? Opt for a vintage-looking cape with a sweet, peter pan collar like this Jessica Simpson number. Wear it with a short, A-line dress and black opaque tights for old-school glamour.
If you’re more of a modern day gal, check out the sleek lines and structured silhouette of this Tahari jacket. (How chic is that bow at the neckline?) Pair it with slim, cropped, black pants and a silk blouse for an edgy ‘tude.
If you’re petite, you may worry that your figure will drown in a cape’s ample volume, but fear not. They key is length: The bottom hemline should hit just below hip level. And, you can always cinch it in at the waist with a coordinating belt. We love this one from Ellen Tracey, a classic with belt included!