Trend to Try: How to Style a Cape

by Anna Liesemeyer

Capes have been woven in and out of fashion trends for decades, and although varying cape styles may come and go, their effects remain the same: Regal, feminine and cozy. Here are a few ways to wear three different styles throughout fall and winter.

An open-front cape allows for more creativity with layers. This one from Leslie Tessler has a herringbone pattern and flowing front. Pair it with a loose-fitting tee and leather pants to contrast textures, but keep everything in monochromatic colors to avoid a look that’s too busy. Nude patent leather pumps, a black and white clutch, and simple accessories are perfect for dressing up the look. Want to keep it casual? Opt for either black sneakers or flats.

For an everyday, comfortable look, sweater capes are convenient to have on hand. A neutral-toned, wrap-around sweater cape can be paired with pants in any bold color and a pair of flat boots. This would make for a great travel outfit with a lighter layer underneath to account for changing temperatures. Dress it up by changing out your flat boots for heeled booties.

A velvet-trimmed button-front cape (DIY here) calls for fancy pants. Black coated denim with suede booties create a look that’s perfect for a night out; it doesn’t require an overcoat since the material is thick wool. Pull your hair into a bun or wear a wide-brim fedora if you’re feeling really bold. An alternate style for this cape? A black dress with knee high black boots.

Photo credits: Gabe Liesemeyer

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Anna Liesemeyer is the lifestyle blogger behind In Honor of Design where she gives accessible style, home, travel and general lifestyle tips and advice. She is also the founder of The Brand Market workshops. She is usually juggling at least a few creative projects in between adventures with her kids. She currently resides in the Atlanta area.