What to Wear With a Cape?

what to wear with a cape

When you are not ready for a winter coat, but it’s too cool to go without something, a cape is a fantastic fall transition piece. Capes have a drama all their own and the power to make you look instantly chic. Here’s how to wear a cape.

1. Stay Fitted on the Bottom

The beauty of a cape is that it is wide up top, which means it can make your figure look pretty terrific if you get the bottom half right. For the perfect silhouette try wearing your cape with tapered pants, leggings or  a pencil skirt for long, lean look. Stay away from wide, baggy pants or voluminous skirts which will only make your cape look big, bulky and your whole look, overwhelming.

If you are petite be extra careful you get the right fit. You don’t want to look like a caped crusader drowning in fabric. Go for a cape that is a little shorter and has less volume.

2. Be Streamlined

Capes – long or short, look best when they aren’t too fussy. Stay away from busy patterns ( unless you wear your cape with something plain), lots of pockets and hardware and instead go for a cape that is sleek with clean lines.

3. Neutrals Always Work

You can’t go wrong with a cape in a classic solid, neutral like black, brown gray, burgundy, taupe or camel. This season bold patterns are in and  look rich these neutral tones. Too much color and pattern mixed and you will look like a comic book superhero.

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4. Complement or Contrast on the Bottom

Play up contrast by pairing your cape by wearing a different color on the bottom, or if you do go monochromatic, then be sure to mix up textures so you don’t look bland.

5. Cary an Oversized Bag

Capes don’t work with over the shoulder bags with long straps that just get in the way. They’re also not great with little purses that get swallowed up in all that fabric. The best kind of bag for a cape is a chic oversize handbag that you carry on your forearm. Add a pair of big sunglasses and you’ll look like a movie star. Your other option? A sophisticated oversize clutch.

6. Don Some Bracelets

With a cape coat like this your arms are going to be showing, so glam them up by layering a variety of  bracelets and maybe even a watch. You’ll be surprised what a difference this makes to the overall look.

7. Wear Cute Shoes or Boots

A short cape looks cute with flats, pumps, booties or boots- the choice is yours, but make sure they are fab. A cape is such a head turner it’s going to draw attention to your entire look, head to toe.

8. Get Glam with Gloves

Long leather gloves pump up the drama and make wearing a cape fun.

These are just a few of the many ways to wear capes. Do you like capes? Let me know.



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  1. I purchased the QVC version of the Rachel Zoe cape- Fabulous, I’ve worn it in multiple ways, and the price was fabulous.