When I told Becca I was lusting after capes, she was all, “Ew, hunnie, no.” But while that lucky Bitch was just at New York Fashion Week witnessing Spring 2012’s ready to wear trends from the front row, the decisions on what’s in style this fall were made on the runways (and by one Anna Wintour) in February.
As such, I’ve been contemplating the cape concept—and whether I’d incorporate one into my fall wardrobe—for six months. All my favorite fashion blogs—Refinery 29, The Cut, Fashionologie, Tom and Lorenzo, to name a few—forecast the coming of the cape as the way to keep warm come fall. Now that fall is finally here (our favorite season!) retailers are following suit.
Because a cape is definitely an attention-getter, I’d like mine in a neutral, goes-with-everything camel color. And, as you know, I love camel for fall. It’s less boring than black, and pairs with everything—including brights. (Bright coats and jewel tones are also in this fall, but we’ll get to that later.)
For a tough, trendy look, I envision a cape with skinny jeans and motorcycle boots on the weekend. It’s a very model-off-duty look, but functional enough that a normal gal can pull it off. For a more glamorous look that you can wear to work, I like the idea of a cape over a pencil skirt with ankle booties—the structured cape would pair will with the streamlined silhouette of a black pencil skirt and booties.
If you’re feeling super trendy for a night on the town—put on a blouse, black leather mini (leather is very in this season), tights and booties and rock your cape.
For those of us lazy girls who live in chunky sweaters, leggings and riding boots all winter (winter weekend uniform, much?), a cape is a better outerwear choice when compared to a trench or pea coat—it’s more casual yet on-trend. Here are my picks:
Sweeping Swing Coat, $498, Anthropologie.
Rachel Zoe Ava Knit Cape, $450, Shop Bop.
Helene Berman Wool Knit Cape, $248 , Nordstrom.
Streetscape Cape, $198, J.Crew.
Trouve Hooded Cape, $168, Nordstrom.
Ted Baker Cape, $144 , Asos.