When autumn and winter roll around, it’s time to layer up, and a cape can be a great option for adding warmth to an outfit in a stylish and chic way. If you’ve thought about wearing a cape before but aren’t quite sure how to style one, you’re not alone. Many women find themselves unsure of how to wear a cape and keep to their comfort zone of classic coats. Of course, while a timeless coat is always great to have in your closet, a cape can MAKE an outfit, so don’t shy away from this piece. Instead, follow our simple guide on how to wear and style capes.
What is a Cape?
A cape is a unique piece of outerwear that drapes over the wearer. Unlike a coat, a cape does not have sleeves and flows easily over the wearer’s back and arms. Think of a blanket draped over your shoulders! Capes tend to have open fronts, however, some have fastenings at the neck or front. Many also have slits in the sides for the wearer to put their arms through. The unstructured style of the cape lends it a relaxed yet chic look that can suit a wide range of occasions. Add one to your winter wardrobe for a comfortable and stylish go-to that’ll also keep you warm!
How to Wear Capes
Heading on a coastal escape? Don’t forget to pack a cape! A great barrier against that cold ocean wind, a cape offers practicality in a stylish package. In particular, we love a navy cape to play up those nautical vibes. Then, we recommend doubling down with a striped long sleeve top or knit to really fit the part. Forget the waders and gumboots though and instead opt for jeans and sneakers to keep your look chic and modern. Finish it all off with statement accessories in complementary shades, such as a red, white, and blue belt and bag strap.
Whether you live in the country or are simply there for a weekend getaway, a cape is a must-have. From cosying up in front of the fireplace to visiting local cafes and exploring the area, a cape can see you through it all. For that picture-perfect outfit, simply team your cape with rich wintery hues that reflect the landscape. Draw inspiration from the fields, trees, and streams and embrace tones of brown, orange, olive, burgundy, and navy. We especially love the look of a black cape worn over a golden knit and khaki jean.
Your cape needn’t sit in your closet waiting for your next country or coastal trip. A visit to the city can be the perfect opportunity to layer up with a cape. To take this look in an urban direction, try adding elements with some sparkle and shine, such as pieces with metallic or stud detailing. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with pop colours to give your outfit a playful twist. Whether you’re heading to lunch, a day of shopping, or a trip to the theatre, this look is a fabulous option.
Day to Night
When styled right, a cape can easily take you from day to night. So, if you’re after a look that will work for meetings during the day and drinks at night, you can’t go past this great outerwear option. For a seamless transition, stick to chic styles with a relaxed touch. Try aiming for a blend of dressy and casual pieces, such as elevated sequin detailing made day-time appropriate with the addition of everyday accessories, like a cross-body bag.
How to Layer Capes
Capes with Long Sleeve Tops
Capes can be worn and layered in many different ways over many different garments. One of the most common ways to wear a cape is over a long-sleeve top. Perfect for autumn, a cape teamed with a long-sleeve tee allows you to layer up and stay warm without overheating. Simply slip your cape on in the cool morning before taking it off in the afternoon sun.
Capes with Knitwear
For cooler weather, try layering your cape over a warm and cosy knit. Doing so will offer extra warmth and add a textural element to your outfit. You may even want to consider a roll or turtle neck style for an elevated aesthetic.
Capes with Dresses
Don’t think capes can be worn for dressier occasions? Think again. A smart cape layered over a dress can make for a particularly chic look. Whether your off to dinner, an event, or even a wedding during the chilly season, a cape can be an excellent outerwear option.
Capes with Jeans
Jeans can be a fabulous partner to a cape. To make this look work, we recommend opting for slim or skinny jeans to balance out the volume and silhouette of your cape. That being said, cropped options, which are great for shorter figures, can also create this balance. Flared and straight-leg styles, on the other hand, look fabulous on tall women and will offer a chic look with a retro twist when worn with a cape.
Capes with Belts
If you find the draped style of capes unflattering on your figure, adding a belt can be an excellent option. By adding definition at the waist, a belt will flatter your silhouette and keep it from being overwhelmed by the cape. Of course, belts can also be used to enhance your outfit and showcase your style. Just be sure to choose one that complements your outfit.
Shop Capes Online
Without a doubt, a great cape is a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe. Versatile and chic, capes create a uniquely stylish look that can see you through many occasions. So, if you’re ready to find that perfect cape to add to your closet, browse our range today. At White & Co, we stock a variety of women’s capes to suit your needs. Shop our selection online and enjoy free shipping on all Australian orders over $150.