How To Wear: Capes

As many of you know, I pretty much live and die by the fashion rules that Nina Garcia has set forth in her book The One Hundred. Upon first receiving the book and flipping through it’s ultra chic pages, I landed on a section about capes and I paused. Capes?!

Bundle up!
Bundle up!

Yes, capes. Capes are everywhere this season but the trick is to do them well so as not to be confused with an Olsen twin. (Which actually wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world…)

Keep reading for my tips on how to wear the outerwear trend of the season!

Photo credit: Girl Orb
Photo credit: Girl Orb

Elegant, practical, bold, unexpected. These are all the words that come to mind when discussing capes whether you’re Nina Garcia, Lyn Paolo or me. Essentially, a cape is a luxe blanket, wrapped around your shoulders with dreamy accents and embellishments that make you think couture instead of causal.

Below are a few tips from Nina (& me) on rocking this trend any day of the week with hints on where to find this (super)power style in stores:

Tip #1: Pair it with an evening dress.

Photo credit: Fancy House Road
Photo credit: Fancy House Road

Sometimes I feel awkward stuffing my arms into puffer sleeves for an elegant night out but when you want to be warm, there aren’t too many options. Add an air of mystery to your look with a pair of long gloves and a cape draped over your shoulders.

Tip #2: “Keep everything else tight to the body.”

Photo credit: LoveP on Chictopia
Photo credit: LoveP on Chictopia

“A cape looks best when the layer underneath is tailored.”-Nina Garcia

I love the look of capes with tights. Capes with tights and boots is even better. Modify this look by switching tights for leggings, skinny jeans or pencil-thin dress pants and heels for a contrast.

Tip #3: “Baggy layers underneath the cape take away the cosmopolitan cachet you are going for.”

Photo credit: The Budget Fashionista
Photo credit: The Budget Fashionista

Aim for long lines, clear silhouettes and balanced or monochromatic tones to look the most polished. Keep it simple to make a powerful piece like a cape blend right in to your wardrobe.

Tip #4: Think Olivia Pope.

Photo credit: Hello Beautiful
Photo credit: Hello Beautiful

Say what you want about TV’s most famous fixer but the girl’s got style. She doesn’t need dark power suits to make a statement and instead goes with hues that are crisp, clean and complimenting. Try styles in taupe or mauve that have color but are conservative enough to be versatile with most ensembles.

Get the look.

Tip #5: Have an accent.

Photo credit: Become Gorgeous
Photo credit: Become Gorgeous

Fur collars, sparkly brooches, leather, and even pocket-details are the secrets to making this look your own. Look for something with removable pieces  to switch it up or own the permanent pieces for a signature style that will make this daring look memorable.

Get the look.

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And don’t forget to check out my friend Amy’s shopping list for great capes on her blog, Cupcakes & Couture!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

4 thoughts on “How To Wear: Capes”

  1. great guide! i totally agree with keeping the look underneath the cape streamlined. i love how they look with a simple tee, skinny jeans and boots!

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