How To Wear Capes for AW17

The outerwear trend that comes around every autumn and winter, capes make a stylish alternative to classic coats and jackets. But how exactly do you pull off them off? From work and weekends to evening plans, we reveal how to wear capes for the new season, and let you in on the layering tips that you need to know.

The Statement Cape: Look 1

Mia Jacquard Cape, £99 | Scallop Collar Jumper, £45 | Mia Jacquard Skirt, £49

A statement cape is one of AW17’s key investment pieces, bringing style and boldness into your workwear wardrobe. Whether thrown over your shoulders or worn using the arm slits, this jacquard cape puts a modern spin on tailored looks, giving your office repertoire plenty of fashion flair. Co-ordinate it with the matching mini skirt for further professional polish, breaking up the pattern with a simple navy knit, finished with a scalloped collar.

 

The Statement Cape: Look 2

 

Mia Jacquard Cape, £99 | Bi Stretch Iris Jean, £65 | Ariel Embroidered Blouse, £59 | Mona Leather Cross Body, £39 | Senya Chelsea Boots, £69

How to wear the statement cape for everyday chic? The secret lies in dark colour palettes and simple styling. The perfect substitute for your trusty biker jacket, this patterned piece looks effortlessly cool when worn over a black blouse and dark-wash skinny jeans. Accessorise with AW17’s key accessories: black Chelsea boots and a leather cross-body bag.

 

The Velvet Cape: Look 1

Hermione Velvet Cape, £199  | Kimberley Print Dress, £69

Nothing promises drama quite like a velvet cape. Designed in a plush black fabrication and artfully adorned with delicate floral embroideries, this striking style adds a sense of allure to new season wardrobes. Create a stand-out look by wearing it over a printed midi dress, completing the bohemian aesthetic with knee-high boots.   

 

The Velvet Cape: Look 2

Julietta Velvet Cami, £39 | Hermione Velvet Cape, £199 | Celia Cigarette Trouser, £55 | Vivian Velvet Clutch, £35 | Vivian Velvet Courts, £55

Luxurious and sumptuously soft, velvet lends endless glamour to after-dark dress codes. From dinner plans to cocktails with friends, this long-line design lends opulence to any ensemble – we think it looks best worn over a black velvet cami and cigarette trousers. When it comes to the accessories, vintage-inspired velvet court shoes and a matching clutch in a deep burgundy hue make the perfect accompaniments.

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