Alright, winter, we get it, last month was just a little fluke. As the mercury drops, it’s time to break out those layers -- including coats, jackets, oversized sweaters, and our current favorite, the cape. The cape has become increasingly popular in recent years, although the terminology that surrounds it can sometimes be really confusing. Here, we break it down for you to help you choose which cape to add to your fashion investments collection.
Often called blanket coats, blanket capes or blanket wraps, we’re classifying them as anything that has an ambiguous sleeve or no sleeve at all. We love Rag and Bone’s classic take, as well as River Island’s zip up version. If you want a touch of luxury, try Talitha’s leather-trimmed version. If value is what you’re after, MiH Jeans’ reversible take will keep you warm.prevnext
The cape blazer has risen to popularity in the last year, and we love its ability to make an outfit feel both formal and flowy. Look for anything that has a structured shoulder and arm slits. The stand-out cape blazer in our eyes is Nasty Gal’s version. We also love Lavish Alice’s collarless version. Mural’s white cape blazer can elevate any cocktail situation, and while cape blazers typically aren’t for outerwear, Missguided’s grey wool style is a home-run for those looking to showcase this look on their way to work.prevnext
Despite having some gnarly iterations in the past (think the Ugly Betty poncho), ponchos have gotten the cool girl seal of approval recently. A good place to start would be See by Chloe’s easy, neutral brushed version or Apiece Apart’s fringe-trimmed one. Topshop’s poncho is a more casual one that can be worn over jeans and sneaks, and a Missoni piece in the brand’s signature print can be worn in winter over a t-neck and in summer with Palazzo pants.prevnext
If you're a purist when it comes to capes, try a classic, Kate Middleton-approved style, such as this tweed one from ModCloth or Boohoo’s Tie Belt Trim Cape. The Dorothy Perkins navy version comes with a hood and toggle closure, which totally gives us Balmoral vibes, as does Jealous Tomato’s traditional plaid one. Now if only we could get Duchess hair to go along with it.prev