Capes: The Marie Claire edit

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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...

A favourite among us fashion folk, the cape is one chic piece that can do wonders for the simplest of wardrobes, transforming a casual look into an altogether 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.

Zara, ASOS and H&M (among others) seem to agree, including a selection of covetable capes among their collections THIS SEASON. So before you go coat shopping, why not go cape shopping.

On the designer front Vilshenko, 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 or in summer over a pretty floral dress or breton and cropped jean. For the office a chic black cropped version will add instant cool points to your classic white shirt and navy cropped trouser combo. They look effortlessly cool all for every and any occasion. Click through to see our edit of the best…

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