What to Wear With a Cape to Look Chic

A cape is a fantastic fall transition piece when it’s not cold enough for a winter coat but you need some cover-up. A cape makes you look instantly chic. Here’s how to wear one with style.

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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 terrific if you get the bottom half right. Try wearing your cape with black tapered pants, leggings, or a pencil skirt for the perfect silhouette. This will give you a long, lean look.

Stay away from broad, baggy pants or voluminous skirts, which will only make your cape look big and bulky, and you’ll look overwhelming the whole time.

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. You can go for a cape that is a little shorter and has less volume.

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2. Allow the Dramatic Shape to Take Centre Stage

A cape makes a powerful statement, so avoid wearing any other bold pieces or loud colors with it. The rest of your outfit needs to be simple, so let the cape be the focus.




3. Create a Column of Color

One way to keep things simple and look tall and slim is to wear a single color ( like black) head-to-toe underneath your cape. Be sure to mix up textures so you don’t look bland.

4. Pair with Sleek Boots for Balance

A cape is very voluminous. To balance the fullness up top, you need a n’t-too-lightweight shoe, or you will look like you are about to topple over. A weightier shoe or a fabulous boot creates visual balance, grounding your look.

Preppy capes and flat riding boots are a match made in heaven. Both are highly structured, have substance, and give you a conservative “ladies who lunch” old-money look.

Stacked-heel ankle boots make a perfect counterpart to minimalist, modern-style capes because they are a little edgy but sturdy enough to match the cape’s weight. Both ankle boots and capes are a study in solid lines, which modern fashion is all about.


5. Carry the Right Bag

Capes don’t work with over-the-shoulder bags with long straps that get in the way. They could be better with little purses that get swallowed up in all that fabric. The best backpack for a cape is a chic oversized handbag that you carry on your forearm. Add a pair of oversized sunglasses, and you’ll look like a movie star. What are your other options? A sophisticated, large clutch, and depending on the cape’s shape, you can sometimes get away with a cross-body bag.


6. Get Glam with Gloves and Arm Candy

Long leather gloves pump up the drama and make wearing a cape fun. With many capes, your forearms will be showing, so glam them up by layering various bracelets and maybe even a watch. You’ll be surprised by the difference this makes to the overall look.

7. Stand up Straight

This is one piece of clothing where your posture is essential. Stand up straight, glide into the room in your cape, and work it, girl!

Take a peek at how these over-40 fashion bloggers wear capes and learn about the trendiest new type of cape—poncho capes!

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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.

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