The cape is back, and set to be­come this sea­son’s wardrobe show­piece

Philippa Ger­rard finds out why the cape is a must-have item for your au­tumn wardrobe

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - CONTENTS -

The cape is of­fi­cially back and is set to be­come this sea­son’s wardrobe show­piece.

Sweep­ing and dra­matic, this is a look that af­fords the wearer su­per­hero sta­tus with min­i­mal effort.

But which style should you pick and what do you wear with it? As a ba­sic rule, most capes will work best when worn with trousers.

If your cape is chunky and for ev­ery­day wear, your best bet is to wear peg, straight or skinny ones to even out the pro­por­tions.

How­ever, if you’re sport­ing a sleek tailored style as an al­ter­na­tive to a pash­mina for evening events, wide leg trousers can look just as so­phis­ti­cated. On the au­tumn/win­ter cat­walks, Chanel kept it stylish and sim­ple with a long black cape styled over a sheer white top and black skinny trousers. This is a look that is easy to recre­ate on a high street bud­get, and one which will also work well with colours other than black and white. Mean­while, de­sign­ers such as Marc Ja­cobs opted for a highly pat­terned style of cape, choos­ing leop­ard print or checks to make it the cen­tre­piece of the out­fit. Else­where on the catwalk, new cape styles were be­ing de­buted, in­clud­ing shear­ling leather styles and long quilted op­tions. Which­ever style you choose, fin­ish the out­fit off with a chunky bag and a pair of knee-high boots for the com­plete look.

Prin­ci­ples for­mal cape, £69, Debenhams Mus­tard cape blazer, £18, pret­tylit­tlething.com

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