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 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