LUX Look: Capes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super…man? No, more like Superwoman dressed up in one of fall’s comeback trends. When it comes to coats, first impressions matter. So this season, be sure to battle the cool weather with the most functional and deeply stylish statement piece of them all—a fashion-forward cape!

A comfortable look made popular by the caped heroes of the Justice League, capes have morphed this season from a Halloween accessory into a chic necessity.

Fashionable and fun, but also practical and warm, these tiered, cinched or hooded garments are a style investment sure to perk up even the most boring wardrobes. Versatile enough to cater to any body type, capes can accentuate curves and create illusions that flatter a woman’s silhouette. From classic cuts to romantic volumes, strategically pair this fashion piece with skinny jeans, stockings or narrow skirts, and voila!

1. Cotswold Cashmere Storm Cape By Loro Piana

The richness of this cape is evident in the cashmere. Despite its luxurious appearance, the hood, draped silhouette and slit pockets maintain a functionality that makes it the perfect, weatherproof addition to any woman’s closet. The cape has enough volume to be toned down with the sleekest of bottoms: try pairing it with a pair of black skinny jeans and equestrian boots.

2. Checked Cape by Cooper & Stollbrand

Cooper and Stollbrand’s olive-checked cape is a true embodiment of Sherlock chic. Adorned with studded snaps and leather trim, the small details allow the cape to tap into the famous detective’s masculinity, while the double-layered details and wool fabric makes it the perfect companion for cold weather. Pair the garment with stockings and lace-up boots for a nod to the UK.

3. Cape by John Galliano

Made with virgin wool and a lined interior, John Galliano’s soft pink cape is a classic take on fall’s star trend. Reminiscent of the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy, the twill and button closings are details that bump this garment up a notch. Wear this with a pencil skirt and platform pumps, and one can go straight from ordinary to classically extraordinary.

4. Contrast Trip Cape by ASOS

The toggle fastening on the front of ASOS’ hooded cape, as well as its camel color, pays homage to these common trends this season. Due to the versatility of the cape’s color, one can pair this with literally every color in the spectrum, making it the perfect accompaniment to nearly everything in a wardrobe. The length and wool fabric also make this ideal for the fall season. Because of its details, it would be best to wear this with simple attire and keep the focus on the coat, such as a white tee or black top.

5. Fold Over Neck Cape Coat by ASOS White

ASOS White’s wool-mix coat features a large-fold collar, asymmetrical button closures and a textured, stripe rib finish. It also has twin slouch pockets, making this the go-to coat for any casual get-up. Pair it with skinny jeans and shearling boots, and it’s the perfect outfit for a cool stroll down SoHo’s streets.

6. Quilted Cape by See by Chloe

The dark-hued details of Chloe’s quilted cape add utility to this statement piece. The quilt’s contrast and double-snap closures enhance the garment with the right amount of intrigue, making it a fantastic alternative to ho-hum coats. With dark forest-green quilted details, a front zip and a funnel collar, it’s functional but fashionable—an appropriate choice for outfits that range from casual to luxe. Pair it with leggings and motorcycle boots to easily channel a model’s sophisticated cool.

7. Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent

The black, techno fabric; off-center zip closure; and large arm holes make this cape “downtown” appropriate; its modern design is symbolic of future fashion. Unlined and light in make, Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche is the perfect coat for warmer climates. Pair this contemporary piece with tan bottoms to embrace the contrast, or simply wear it with skinny denim and rugged clogs to play with a casual chic look.

8. Asymmetric Crepe Cape by Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent’s black Crepe Cape screams an effortless elegance that is reminiscent of today’s seductive vampires. With concealed stud fastening and minimal detailing, YSL’s asymmetric cape is the perfect finishing touch to any woman’s evening look, holding just the right amount of class needed for any outfit. Balance the dramatic cut with skinny pants and glossy platforms for a super sophisticated, after-dark look.

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