We love a good sweater, but capes will always hold a special place in our hearts. Undeniably cozy and incredibly chic (they’ve just got that je ne sais quoi), they deserve a place in your sartorial rotation this fall. If you’re feeling a little out of touch with your cool-weather wardrobe — trust us, we get it — we’ve got your back: Style Resolutions is going to break it down for you this week. Scroll on for three new ways to rock this age-old topper all season long.
Okay, we’ll admit that capes kinda-sorta have a nonchalant vibe, but that shouldn’t keep you from wearing one at your nine-to-five. Layer it over tailored separates, then add on a few sleek accessories like menswear-inspired flats and a statement belt for a look that’s sartorially on point and office appropriate.
Warehouse Stripe Western Cape ($50) + Becksondergaard Leather Waist Belt ($142), Zara Double-Cloth Trousers ($40), Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22), Zara Frilly Blouse ($70), Kenneth Jay Gold-Plated Beaded Earrings ($45), & Other Stories Zip-Up Leather Flats ($135), Rebecca Minkoff Moto Drawstring Fringe Cross-Body Bag ($245)
Who said you have to go all out for a night out? If you’re anything like us, you’re all about it keepin’ it casual(ish) with a few upgraded accessories. Take a ’70s suede skirt — a must-have for fall — and pair it up with that oh-so-fab cape. Highlight the waist with a gilded cincher and pull on a pair of glittery gold socks. Rock those babies with a statement-making pair of python platforms, then add an embroidered clutch and bold baubles for a solid finish.
Warehouse Stripe Western Cape ($50) + Butter London Stag Do Nail Lacquer ($15), Anthropologie Efflorescent Pouch ($50), A Peace Treaty Gela Earrings ($295), New Look Zabba Snake-Effect Platform Heeled Sandals ($45), Topshop Roll Top Glitter Socks ($6), Anthropologie Grecian Leaf Belt ($50), Topshop Cord Front A-Line Skirt ($58)
Give your cape a taste of boho glam with of-the-moment flares and a form-fitting bodysuit. Chunky leather ankle boots seal the deal (we love the wooden sole), while a sunny yellow cross-body bag and eye-catching persimmon earrings keep the ensemble feeling fresh and fun.
Warehouse Stripe Western Cape ($50) + H&M V-Neck Bodysuit ($35), Madewell Flea Market Flares ($135), Kelsi Dagger Transit Crossbody ($128), BareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($16), Becca Beach Tint ($25), Le Specs Go Go Go Sunglasses ($70), Bauble Bar Orinoko Drop Earrings ($36), Kelsi Dagger Atena Boots ($175)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!