What to Wear With a Cape?

When it’s not cold enough for a winter coat, but you need some kind of cover-up, a cape is a fantastic fall transition piece.  A cape makes you look instantly chic.

What do you wear with one? This season, it’s all about the turtleneck! Take a look at these two cape outfits, both styled with turtlenecks and pick up some handy tips on how to wear a cape.

How to wear a cape coat with style

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To wear a Cape with Style:

1. Get The Silhouette Right

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 black tapered pants, leggings or a pencil skirt. This will give you a 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, lots of pockets and hardware and instead go for a cape that is sleek with clean lines.

How to wear a cape jacket

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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.

4. Create a Column of Color

Look tall and slim by wearing a single color ( like black) head-to-toe underneath your cape. 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, oversized clutch.

6. Don A Bracelet or a Gorgeous Watch

With many capes your forearms 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 Flats or Tall Riding 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.  Poncho capes are also very popular at the moment. If you are wondering how to wear a poncho cape, check out this style post  for some ideas.  Do you like capes? Let me know.

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  1. I love capes and wraps and am wearing them all the time this season. So easy.

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