Capes have become one of the coolest cover ups on the catwalk and on the high street
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 to 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.
Where to buy capes
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. So, there's plenty of styling inspiration out there.
Autumn/winter cape trends
If you're going down the ultra-cosy, look for chunky knits and classic tartan designs. We also love minimalist Scandi styles in muted tones of grey and white.
For a trendier take, try embroidered boho versions there really 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 high-street, too.
How to wear capes
Capes are the perfect piece for layering in winter with knitwear, plus they'll work next season too if layered over one of your Christmas party dresses or a breton top and cropped jeans.
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...
Grey Ribbed Cuff Tassel Hem Wrap
This cool grey coat is perfect for layering between seasons.
ROKSANDA Tilda cape
We love the ultra feminine bow detail on this otherwise simple cape.
GUCCI Printed wool-felt cape
Make a statement in Gucci’s colourful soft wool felt cable - wallflowers abstain.
SEE BY CHLOÉ Fringed striped canvas cape
This See by Chloé AW17 cape was inspired by the earthy colour palette of nature.
Pure Collection Alaina Wool Cape
This luxe cape will go with everything.
Wool Cashmere Military Cape
This cashmere military coat is your new style essential, and who does capes better than Burberry?
V by Very Sequin & Lurex Detail Wrap
This pretty cape comes with a cool sequin detail.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Floral wool wrap
Throw this bold cape over a chunky knit and some black jeans for effortless off-duty style.
Every wardrobe needs a blanket wrap, and this Reiss version comes in dreamy autumnal shades. Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/shopping/capes-170783#rsFpxtghDKJctpyt.99
Shop now: Reiss cape for £71.24 from Zalando
Embellished Cape with Printed Lining
The chicest way to cover up on a night out.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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