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…
Wanting something a little more dressy, look no further, this vilshenko cape is perfectly perfect.Buy it now!
A cashmere cape, what more could we ask for, perfection if you ask me.Buy it now!
Classic and will be wearable season after season, this Hobbs cape is a great find.Buy it now!
Fancy some fringe, then head to exciting new brand Barbajad at Netaporter.Buy it now!
Team with a cropped trousers and a heel for the perfect evening cinema look.
This Giambattista Valli cape is perfect for a spring or summer wedding.Buy it now!
Chic and simple, this streamlined cape will look perfect for the office to evening look.Buy it now!
Team this with a pair of black crop flares for the perfect classic look.Buy it now!
Perfect for the evening, team with a leather pant and heel for a great look.Buy it now!
Team this with a breton top, cropped jean and trainer for the ideal weekend look.Buy it now!
This cape ties in at the waist, so if you are looking for a feminine silhouette this is the one.Buy it now!
If you are looking for something to take you through to summer, this light Asos version is the perfect choice.Buy it now!
Striped, subtle and under £20 – there is nothing here we don’t love.Buy it now!
You can’t go far wrong with a chic black cape, and this cropped version is right at the top of our wish list.Buy it now!
Checks are big for AW15, so much so, we’ll be snapping up this Theory version.Buy it now!
Grey, sleek and unbelievably classic – this Joseph cape is well worth the spend.Buy it now!
It doesn’t get much cooler than a tan suede cape with fringing…Buy it now!
The layering option – this red, white and grey version will be your off-duty hero for many months to come.Buy it now!
Love denim? You might want to check out this cool cape from Vanessa Seward.Buy it now!
Looking for something with short sleeves? This colour block style is well worth a look.Buy it now!
Pair this MiH style with a grey marl tee and some ankle-grazing jeans.Buy it now!
Want to blow the budget? This incredible embroidered cropped cape from Talitha is worth every penny spent.Buy it now!
Looking for a style for the weekend? This grey poncho-style cape is the way to go.Buy it now!
This cool blue version will go a long way in your wardrobe, both now, and long into autumn, too.Buy it now!
Khaki is one of the hottest colour trends right now, and we’ll be channeling the trend in this cool cape from Topshop.Buy it now!
Keep cosy in this fun faux fur option from Topshop.Buy it now!
Just add a denim shirt, some black skinny jeans and slides to complete your weekend look.Buy it now!
Want a smarter style for the office? This black Tibi version is well worth a look.Buy it now!
The ultimate beautiful boho cape – this Temperley version will transform your wardrobe in an instant. Buy now, be the envy of all your friends forever more.Buy it now!
Just add a white shirt, some cool culottes and a slick of red lipstick to complete your look.Buy it now!