What to look for: “The most flattering style of cape hits just at the natural waistline and is worn somewhat like a poncho,” says Kelly Millar, a fashion and image consultant from KM Image Consulting in Toronto. Look for patterns, leather detailing and hoods to dress up this outwear. “A large collar is a fantastic feature of the cape,” advises Millar. “Also, a cape with a large oversized hood is very en vogue and works beautifully on a tall silhouette.”
How to wear it: “Wear the stylish cape with a pair of black or taupe slim leg trousers,” says Millar. “It’s the perfect casual professional look – sophisticated and chic.” Anything fitted will look best with this, such as a pencil skirt and a light knit sweater.
Accessorize it: Due to the cut of this outerwear, a structured duffle purse with smaller handles such as a doctor bag makes for an easy carryall. Dress it up with a pair of booties and keep your neckline free of adornments.
Day to night: Combine your hooded cape with leggings and tall riding boots for a busy day of errands, says Millar. For evening, choose a fur or silk embroidered cape worn over an evening dress for a polished sophistication.
A little hit of style: If you aren’t ready to embrace this retro look try a cape style sweater. A drapey version for fall will be a good indicator if you’re comfortable enough to invest in the style for your winter jacket.