How To Wear A Cape Without Looking Like Count Dracula Or Harry Potter

October 26, 2010 by Brittany Zwillich
shefinds | Style

Who needs sleeves in the wintertime when you can have a cape? Warm, stylish, and hides everything – capes are officially the new dressier coat. Available in a wide variety of colors, prints and fabrics (just in case you want to wear one on a warmer day), this fall trend is a go-to must. Especially after the holiday season weight kicks in. So in case you’re puzzled on how to pull these off, just take a peek below:

The Military Style Cape

A solid colored cape will match every article of clothing in your closet. Pair it with some skinny jeans and the right boots and you can wear it for coffee with friends or a shopping spree.

Start off with a basic cape like this Ultimate Military Camel Cape ($190). The buttons and buckles add a touch of femininity to this military style. Since capes don’t show off your shape (which is a positive here), try a pair of jeggings that hug your body, such as these by Lucky Brand ($69.50). These Report Kenly Over The Knee Boots ($99.95) will slide right on and the heel will offer a few inches, which we love.

We all love when our boots and bags match – so be sure to tote this Jessica Simpson Runaway Flamenco Purse ($88) on your arm. The ruffled front makes the bag pop against the simplicity of the cape. These Thick Medium Hoops from Nordstrom ($28) scream glamor, especially when paired with those boots.

Leather Pockets – Not Your Average Cape

A printed cape works for those of us who enjoy not wearing a typical black peacoat when it gets cold. There’s no reason not to stand out and look great while doing so.

This T By Alexander Wang Leather Pocket Cape ($400) will be in for years to come. You can wear it in both the fall and winter and the belt around the waist gives a slight silhouette. With these 7 For All Mankind Black Straight Leg Jeans ($169) – you’ll have a monochromatic look that is far from boring.

A small piece of gold jewelry, like this Jessica Simpson Leaf Neckace ($32) is a cute accessory to add a little bling to your look. Accompanied by these Jeffrey Campbell Kayla Flats ($74.90, down from $104), which are an all-season versatile flat, give a the perfect splash of color.

For more help with tricky trends, read all of our How To Wear posts. Shop our guides to the best jackets, the best jeggings, and the best over the knee boots. Join our e-mail list for instant fashion updates in your e-mail.

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