Fashion Trends: How To Wear A Cape This Winter

17/11/2014 18:00 | Updated 20 May 2015

The cape is this season's wardrobe show piece.

While this trend can be a tricky mistress to master, it's one that you can do without feeling like a Disney villain/super hero.

Capes are chic, they're sharp, they're effortlessly cool.

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On the Autumn/Winter 2014 catwalk scene capes were coveted in a big way - check the Burberry (think trench and blanket style), Saint Laurent (tartan button-down) and Valentino (embroidered, shin-length) shows for a heads up on how to wear yours.

That said, if you're a lady who likes a good sleeve the idea of shoulder robing a cape/cloak may not be for you. As in, you're convinced: it feels weird, looks ridiculous and is likely to slip off while running for the bus.

Bear with us on this though, the styles on the high street are so good that you'll be drawn to them for the sheer fact that they're sister to the oversized scarf, or shawl if you will.

You have options: collared, double-breasted, patchwork, knitted, structured, fringed, tailored, mid length, full length, trench style - so think about what will work with the rest of your wardrobe.

As for styling pointers on wearing yours?

1. Opt for a colour or print that you know suits.

2. It's about layering so wear over cosy jumpers, dresses, polo-necks and yes, the blanket/poncho looks do work over a lightweight coat.

3. Everyday is a cape day: dress yours up (knee high boots, leather skirt, embellished clutch) and down (jeans, trainers, neoprene jumper) - and remember confidence is key.

Zara's khaki green wool cape (£89.99) is how to do classic casual, Hunter's waterproof moustache cape in bright plum (£120) is your all-weather outerwear fix sorted and try resisting wrapping yourself up in Topshop's multi-coloured, blanket stitched version (£35). Just try.

We also love the dusty pink aztec print cape from River Island (£35) - think folksy, feminine and affordable.


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