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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...

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…

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