Capes: The Marie Claire Edit

Capes: Your Winter Wardrobe Hero

Capes have become one of the coolest cover ups on catwalk and on the high street.

A favourite among us fashion folk, the cape is one chic piece that can do wonders for the simplest outfit, tranforming a casual look into an altogether cooler outfit in seconds.

Zara, Topshop and H&M (among others) seems to agree, including a selection of covetable capes among their new AW15 collections, dropping into store right now.

On the designer front, Talitha, Tibi and Temperley have all championed the trend, from the ultra-cosy, to the cool embroidered boho versions. And as pricey as they may seem, the investment potential here is huge.

And if there is anything we've learnt from these designers, it's that the only cover-up you need to know about, is the cape. Here's why.

The cape is the perfect piece for layering in winter with all that knitwear. For the office a chic black cropped version will add instant cool points to your classic white shirt and navy cropped trouser combo. And for the slightly warmer months, a cape worn over a basic tee or breton with jeans and trainers can look effortlessly cool.

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