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What to Wear with a Cape Coat

Tulika Nair Feb 29, 2020
The moment you say the word cape, most people think of a style challenge. How do you wear this neither-a-jacket-nor-a-shawl conundrum? Would it be just safer to avoid this big fashion trend? Conquer your cape fears as we tell you how to wear a cape without being mistaken for a superhero wannabe.

Color it Right

Instead of opting for a cape coat in a black or a camel, we suggest you think a little ahead and opt for one in a Dazzling Blue, the Pantone color of the year for 2014. Be ahead of the rest!
From being a popular piece of fashion clothing in the medieval ages to being worn by clergy, the cape has traveled quite a bit. The capes that fashionistas are flaunting today are far removed from their ancestors and their superhero-worn siblings.
Today's stylish capes are much shorter, reminiscent of jackets, and surprisingly easy to pull off, if worn correctly. A lot of women think, nay believe, that wearing a cape is a pain and a half.
But get your hands on this fun, flattering, and beautiful alternative to a winter coat and you will see why we love this piece of outerwear as much as we do.
It exudes glamor, it reeks of high fashion, it makes the slouchiest of outfits look chic and modish. There never were and still aren't better reasons to own a piece of clothing. And once you have your hands on a beautiful cape coat, here are 3 ways to rock this over-sized, trendy outerwear.

3 Gorgeous Ways to Style a Cape Coat

Like we have been harping on all this while, wearing a cape coat is really easy. But it is not something that you can just slip on when you are out grocery shopping. This is a piece of clothing you should reserve for something a little more stylish; for a business meeting, a dinner date, an outing with the girls, all perfect occasions to take out the cape coat. With it, ensure you have its BFF at hand―the omnipresent high heels.
Neutrals go a long way in any wardrobe as they can be worn in a versatile manner. While we love bold colors and prints, we also like the idea of having a cape coat in a safe neutral in your cupboard. For a work meeting, wear your cape with neutral, color-coordinated clothing.
We love the turtleneck with the cape as it allows us to make full use of winter layering. Team this safe combination of colors with a perky, vivacious shade that will make the outfit pop.
Looking for something a little more casual? A winter white cape coat can be the perfect match to a pair of dark denims. Keep the color palette simple with shoes and accessories in dark shades of blue. Now other than clutches and top-handle bags, a cross body bag worn under your coat is the perfect bag option. It doesn't cause fatigue, and leaves you with room to walk comfortably.
If you thought cape coats can be worn only with trousers, you have something else coming. Wear a short cape with a knee-length dress. We love plaids this winter, and a cape in that print is like a match made in heaven.

Accessorize such an outfit with shoes and earrings in colors that are on the coat. We suggest that you keep the accessorizing to a minimum with this outerwear in order to make it the focal point of your outfit.
Now that you have some inspiration, let's give you some pointers that you should keep in mind.
  • Capes are voluminous jackets. In order to keep that illusion of balance, ensure that the separates (especially bottoms) you wear with it are slim and streamlined.
  • The bag you carry with your cape is quite the choice to make. The reason we suggest a hand-held tote, a clutch, or a cross body satchel is because bags with shoulder straps tend to mess around with the fabric of the cape, and make the entire experience uncomfortable.
  • If you are petite and it is ridiculously cold, then and only then wearing over-sized sweaters under capes is a good idea. Otherwise, these coats are the perfect accompaniments to those weirdly shaped clothes that you love but can't wear just on their own.
  • If you are athletic-shaped or petite, then most cape styles will suit you. With the latter body type, you need to be careful that the length of the coat doesn't overwhelm your height.
  • Women who are pear-shaped should look for a structured cape, like one with a belt. Also, wear it with slim pants to prevent your bottom half from looking bigger.
  • Fitted capes work best for women who have a larger upper body. These give a streamlined figure that can be extremely flattering.
While cape coats are restrictive in what you can wear with them, you can really make the jacket work for you by making the right, and more importantly, the smart choices. Not only are they a cozier alternative to jackets and coats, they are also a much more sartorially forward option.