Capes have become one of the coolest cover ups on the catwalk and on the high street. Here's Marie Claire's edit of the best...
Finding the best capes is, among us fashion folk, a necessity and a joy come autumn.
Capes are a chic piece that can do wonders your wardrobe, transforming a casual look into an altogether more high-fashion outfit in seconds.
It’s a great way to wear a coat throughout the winter without ruffling up a newly ironed shirt and because it’s so simple to slip into, you can spring into those crisp mornings easily. It’s also perfect to add that extra finish to your look. And there’s nothing that looks quite as chic, whether you’re wearing jeans, a skirt or trousers.
So, which brands are doing the best capes this season? We’re loving Maje, J. Crew, Zara, ASOS and Mango (among others). There’s a huge selection of covetable capes among their collections this season. So, before you go hunting for the best winter coats, why not go cape shopping too.
With designs from all championing the trend, from Temperley and Mulberry, to Chanel and Chloe, right down to emerging designers such as Facetasm. So, there’s plenty of styling inspiration out there.
From the ultra-cosy, to cool, embroidered boho versions, there is something to suit every style. Plus, we’ve made sure we’ve scoured the shops so that all budgets are catered too. While we love designer pieces, you can find the best capes on the highstreet, too.
Capes are the perfect piece for layering in winter with knitwear, plus they’ll work next season too if layered over a pretty floral dress or a breton top and cropped jean.
For the office, a chic black cropped version will add instant cool points to a classic white shirt and navy trouser combo. Or for a cooler take on the cape, layer a cropped style over a long length shirt – the look for AW16 is about proportion play.
Click through to see our edit of the best capes to buy now…
This cashmere blend cape has been softly spun for a slouchy fit.
This practical duffel-style cape comes in a warm, wool-cashmere blend.
This cool grey coat is perfect for layering between seasons.
Vivienne Westwood is famed for making the best, heritage check coats. This one is going straight onto our Christmas wishlist.
This pretty cape puts a feminine spin on the military trend.
This Chloé cape has a cozy fleece lining.
This revisable cape can be worn as a cream check pattern print, or in a plain grey.
Perfect for saving your blowdry in an autumn downpour.
This voluminous cape was crafted in luxurious Italian wool.
Throw this boldy-striped cape over a chunky knit and some black jeans for effortless off-duty style.
This luxe Hobbs cape has a circular cut to create a dramatic silhouette.
Wear this cropped cape with a longer blue shirt and tailored trousers to play up the contrasting proportions.
Every wardrobe needs a blanket wrap, and this Hobbs version comes in dreamy autumnal shades.
Another genius reversible cape, flip this one between dove grey and baby pink.
This pretty cape comes with a cool crêpe collar detail. Wear it with navy tailored trousers and stilettos for a slick office look.
This ladylike cape is perfect winter office attire.
Drape this on over lightwash jeans a and a navy poloneck at the weekends.
This asymmetric fringed cape will add a boho vibe to your weekend style.
This versatile poncho is a sound investment that you’ll wear all summer too.
Need something a little more practical? This cape is fully waterproof and has a cool matte rubber-touch finish.
Add a punky twist to your winter look with this studded cape.
A classic cape, in a muted camel hue that will add a demure edge to your everyday style.
As the cooler months draw in, this cape is the perfect warm yet stylish layering piece.
Drape this open-front cape on over a lightweight poloneck for a cosy weekend look.