Capes add mystique and glamour to every outfit, whether you’re keeping warm or adding an accessory. Floor capes billowing in the wind, short capes keeping shoulders warm in the waning afternoon sun. What capes have captured designers and stormed the runway? Let’s take a look.
Although many capes are meant to be worn outdoors, decorative capes are meant to be worn everywhere. Monique Lhuillier’s and Alessandra Rich’s white, textured capes are perfect for a bride-to-be, dancing at her bachelorette party. Alice + Olivia’s velvet cape is great for the final party of the semester, celebrating another end to the finals season, while Marchesa’s decorative cape is ideal for the commencement ceremony. Dice Kayek’s unique feathered cape can be a fantastic formal accessory, but can also be dressed down with denim.
Desperate to get decorative? Shop these fabrics:
Fur capes were made for sabbaticals at snow-swept cabins in Quebec, drinking tea on the porch, watching the sun set on the chilled forest surrounding you, pulling J. Mendel’s beautiful white and grey striped fur cape tighter around your body. Go for a wintry walk in Anya Hindmarch’s cape, or set up an easel in a snow bank and paint the landscape, protected by Vanessa Seward’s green fur cape. Enjoy the winter carnival in Dennis Basso’s cape, the smell of eggnog and poutine wafting through on winter winds. Tour the cities cobbled streets in Marco de Vincenzo’s pink cape.
Are you a fervent fan of fur? Flip through these fabrics:
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Short capes keep shoulders warm on fall mornings, admiring the falling leaves while getting ready for the rest of the day. Vera Wang’s structured sun cape will hold up against the gusts of fall wind, while Gabriele Colangelo’s short cape is the perfect way to keep warm on your morning commute. Loewe’s and Co’s short capes are just right for warmer fall days, when the sun shines through the clouds and the breeze gives the air just a little bite. Altuzarra’s collared cape will keep you warm on crisp fall evenings, through moonlit drives and late night diner runs.
Savoring short capes? Shop these fabrics:
Medium-length capes are optimal for all occasions. Jeremy Scott’s cape would flutter beautifully in the wind as you whip by on a bicycle, taking a fall ride around your quint home town. Stop in at the local art museum in Delpoza’s resort cape, sophisticated and snug, or meet up with old friends in Anya Hindmarch’s lavender cape. Osman’s firecracker cape will dazzle and delight in the sparkling moonlight as you skate on a frozen pond, and Chloé’s classic cape will keep you warm on late night walks through the seemingly forlorn town, quiet and cold in the late fall freeze.
Marveling at mid-length capes? Marvel over these fabrics:
Long capes were made for blustery fall days, grazing the wet grass and billowing out behind you as you pick apples for a delicious pie. Valentino’s pink cape keep things bright on overcast days, while Pamella Roland’s cape embraces the dark night of autumn. Missoni’s cape is perfect for Harvest Festivals and celebrating the Fall Equinox, while Anna Sui’s cape of soft velvet gives a hint of mystery to every ensemble. Dennis Basso’s red dress and floor-length cape make one stunning garment, made for dazzling at a charity ball.
Longing for length? Look at these fabrics:
Could you care less about capes? Or are you crazy for capes? Let me know in the comments!