The Cape Trend Is Here… This Is How You Style It

Capes: the ultimate in warmth and versatility, and a dream if you love layers (who doesn’t, at this time of year?). They’re trending big time for autumn 2014, and there’s a style to suit every need.

Pull on a blanket cape at the weekend, and be ready for the great outdoors in jeans or dungarees and a slouchy hat. Chloé does them in stripes, and others have followed. Check out Cara Delevingne on the runway, or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo out and about, all wearing Burberry’s 2014/15 Fall/Winter collection.

Cosy up in the knit variety, rendered extra smart with ribs or a bound edging, and pair with leopard-spot pants. Try the classic trench style with something daring, such as black patent or animal print, or add a touch of class with a leather trim. Burberry’s Prorsum Gabardine in cotton is beyond stylish!

Opt for a below-the-knee cape for dramatic effect, but team with simple clothes such as skinnies and heels. Move up rather than down with a crop, coupled with denim, or use blocks of colour to make a bold statement. Go bo-ho, verging on poncho, with a fringed version over ripped jeans. Zip up or hide under a hood to keep out autumn chills, or snuggle into an outsize faux-fur collar.

Match a more tailored style with a mini, fedora and over-knee boots, or slip into a smooth cape blazer, stunning in white (or any other colour, actually). Naturally, playtime is our favourite time of day, so for evening, slink into a sleek black tuxe-style. Turn heads by adding embossed or leather pants, and maybe a hat – that’s it, you’re ready for anything!

See your cape as a blank canvas, and look for plaid, check, stripes, blocks and textures. Vivienne Westwood went with grids, while Gucci produced animal prints, and Saint Laurent diversified. Valentino flew butterflies across his long creation, and Fendi referenced Little Red Riding Hood. Dolce & Gabbana flirted with forest creatures, furry hoods, and deep reds.

Wear with leggings and sunnies, or pull on a beanie and a leather mini. Accessorise with boots and clutch bags, just right if you’ve plumped for arm slits. As kids from two to a hundred-and-two know, capes are donned by super-heroes to save the world. So give your outfit a touch of magic, and you’re sure to fly!

The featured photo is of Jacey Duprie wearing a black crew neck cape from DKNY

Arielle Nachami stuns us in this all white outfit, consisting of skinny jeans, a gorgeous cream cape, stilettos and matching white accessories. This is a definite look this fall; we absolutely recommend you give it a try!   Cape: Goodnight Macaroon, Jeans: Shopbop.

Arielle Nachami stuns us in this all white outfit, consisting of skinny jeans, a gorgeous cream cape, stilettos and matching white accessories. This is a definite look this fall; we absolutely recommend you give it a try!

Cape: Goodnight Macaroon, Jeans: Shopbop.

Leonie Sophie is rocking the cape trend, pairing a classic style cape with thigh high boots and a miniature leather bag. This look is classy and unique, we love it! Blouse/Cape/Skirt: Comma, Bag: Chloe, Boots: Zara.

Leonie Sophie is rocking the cape trend, pairing a classic style cape with thigh high boots and a miniature leather bag. This look is classy and unique, we love it!

Blouse/Cape/Skirt: Comma, Bag: Chloe, Boots: Zara.

Pam Hetlinger is wearing a cape coat with thigh high boots and leather gloves, creating an overall stylish and glamorous look. Sunglasses are also a must have if the weather is good! Cape: Mango, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Delamn, Bag: Gucci.

Pam Hetlinger is wearing a cape coat with thigh high boots and leather gloves, creating an overall stylish and glamorous look. Sunglasses are also a must have if the weather is good!

Cape: Mango, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Delamn, Bag: Gucci.

Johanna Olsson looks sensational in this short and sleek black cape jacket, worn over a simple cable knit sweater with black cigarette trousers. Finish the look off with some classic black stilettos to recreate this style! Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Trousers: L’agance, Sweater: Club Monaco, Cape: Pearl and Rubies.

Johanna Olsson looks sensational in this short and sleek black cape jacket, worn over a simple cable knit sweater with black cigarette trousers. Finish the look off with some classic black stilettos to recreate this style!

Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Trousers: L’agance, Sweater: Club Monaco, Cape: Pearl and Rubies.

This gorgeous striped cape coat looks great worn with plain black jeans and boots. Try wearing a statement cape of your own with standard or block colour jeans to recreate this look. Via Kat Tanita. Cape: Ily Couture, Jeans: Paige Denim, Boots: Stuart Weitzman.

This gorgeous striped cape coat looks great worn with plain black jeans and boots. Try wearing a statement cape of your own with standard or block colour jeans to recreate this look. Via Kat Tanita.

Cape: Ily Couture, Jeans: Paige Denim, Boots: Stuart Weitzman.

This knitted cape is both chic and cosy, and looks great worn with a midi skirt and patent ankle boots. Via Bangbangblond.com. Cape/Dress: Zara,Boots : Paco gil, Sunglasses : Freyrs.

This knitted cape is both chic and cosy, and looks great worn with a midi skirt and patent ankle boots. Via Bangbangblond.com.

Cape/Dress: Zara,Boots : Paco gil, Sunglasses : Freyrs.

An Aztec print cape is always a winner. Via merricksart.com. Cape: ASOS, Jeans: Nordstrom, Boots: Clarks.

An Aztec print cape is always a winner. Via merricksart.com. 

Cape: ASOS, Jeans: Nordstrom, Boots: Clarks.

This striped cape looks epic with grey suede boots and a black fedora. Dare to accessorize with hats this fall! Via Christine Andrew. Cape/ Boots: Ily Couture.

This striped cape looks epic with grey suede boots and a black fedora. Dare to accessorize with hats this fall! Via Christine Andrew.

Cape/ Boots: Ily Couture.

Kim Le wears edgy black heels with her stylish cape. Cape/Camisole: Morning Lavender.

Kim Le wears edgy black heels with her stylish cape.

Cape/Camisole: Morning Lavender.

Pair a statement patterned cape with skinny black jeans for an effortlessly cool look. Brands not specified.

Pair a statement patterned cape with skinny black jeans for an effortlessly cool look.

Brands not specified.

Zoé Alalouch wears stylish grey cape with her black cigarette trousers and simple heels. Cape // Top // Trousers: Le temps des Cerises.

Zoé Alalouch wears stylish grey cape with her black cigarette trousers and simple heels.

Cape // Top // Trousers: Le temps des Cerises.

This stylish black cape looks ultra sophisticated combined with black pumps and shades. Via Blair Eadie. Cape: Nordstrom, Bag: Longchamp

This stylish black cape looks ultra sophisticated combined with black pumps and shades. Via Blair Eadie.

Cape: Nordstrom, Bag: Longchamp.

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A black and white poncho will look the best with a pair of distressed skinnies and a white tee. Via Sheryl Luke

Poncho: Nordstrom Rack, Jeans: Joes Jeans, Shoes: Vince

Cape Trend, 2015: Silvia Garcia is wearing a camel and grey cape from Lefties

Cape Trend, 2015: Silvia Garcia is wearing a camel and grey cape from Lefties

Cape Trend 2015: Caroline Louis is wearing a black and white cape from Zara

Cape Trend 2015: Caroline Louis is wearing a black and white cape from Zara

Natalia Cabezas is wearing a plaid cape

Natalia Cabezas is wearing a plaid capeCape Fashion Trend: Annette Haga is wearing a dark brown cape from Zara

Cape Fashion Trend: Annette Haga is wearing a dark brown cape from Zara

Black And White Cape Coat: Chiara Ferragni is wearing a dalmation cape from MSGM

Black And White Cape Coat: Chiara Ferragni is wearing a dalmation cape from MSGM

Zoe Alalouch is wearing a vintage cape coat

Zoe Alalouch is wearing a vintage cape coatCaroline Louis is wearing a Pearl and Rubies black cape

Caroline Louis is wearing a Pearl and Rubies black cape Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a orange and black striped blanket cape from Asos

Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a orange and black striped blanket cape from Asos

Jessica R. is wearing a grey and black cape from Zara

Jessica R. is wearing a grey and black cape from Zara

Caroline Louis is wearing a white cape from Alice by Temperley. Yeah, it is a trend

Caroline Louis is wearing a white cape from Alice by Temperley. Yeah, it is a trend

Kayla Seah is wearing a black and white cape from Filippa K

Kayla Seah is wearing a black and white cape from Filippa K

Sara Escudero is wearing a blue and green plaid cape from Zara

Sara Escudero is wearing a blue and green plaid cape from Zara

Cape Fashion Trend: Blair Eadie is wearing a colorblock geometric cape from TopShop

Cape Fashion Trend: Blair Eadie is wearing a colorblock geometric cape from TopShop

Cape Fashion Trend: Jess A. is wearing a black, grey and off white cape from Even & Odd

Cape Fashion Trend: Jess A. is wearing a black, grey and off white cape from Even & Odd

Cape Trend Continues: Anouk Yve is wearing a black cape from Zara

Cape Trend Continues: Anouk Yve is wearing a black cape from Zara

Cape Trend 2015: Kayla Seah is wearing a check wrap cape scarf from Asos

Cape Trend 2015: Kayla Seah is wearing a check wrap cape scarf from Asos

Best Capes Style: Caroline Louis is wearing a black striped white cape from Zara

Best Capes Style: Caroline Louis is wearing a black striped white cape from Zara

Cape Trend: Wendy Nguyen is wearing a black cape from Pierre Balmain

Cape Trend: Wendy Nguyen is wearing a black cape from Pierre Balmain

Cape Winter Trend: Josefin Dahlberg is wearing a black cape from Hunkydory

Cape Winter Trend: Josefin Dahlberg is wearing a black cape from Hunkydory

Mafalda Castro is wearing dark blue and white ethnic printed cape from Springfield

Mafalda Castro is wearing dark blue and white ethnic printed cape from Springfield

Natalia Cabezas is wearing a ethnic print cape from Simona

Natalia Cabezas is wearing a ethnic print cape from Simona

Tilden Brighton is wearing a navy blue cape from River Island

Tilden Brighton is wearing a navy blue cape from River Island

Celine Aagaard is wearing a charcoal wool cape from H&M

Cape Fashion Trend: Celine Aagaard is wearing a charcoal wool cape from H&M

Jacey Duprie is wearing a black wool cape from Maje

Jacey Duprie is wearing a black wool cape from Maje

Wendy Nguyen goes with the cape trend wearing a white champagne taste cape blazer from NastyGal

Wendy Nguyen goes with the cape trend wearing a white champagne taste cape blazer from NastyGal