Fall Fashion Trend 2011: The Cape Crusader

Less costume-y than its predecessors, this year’s cape has a coat-like silhouette. Fashionable enough to make a style statement–but functional enough to keep you warm–here’s how to make the cape successful part of your fall 2011 wardrobe.

How to Wear Capes this Fall Season

Think Transitional

Brown Coat Cape

Fall is a season with a personality disorder; in its infancy it beckons summer, while later it’s a single blustery wind away from winter. We know dressing for such indecisive weather can be tricky. During the warmer fall months, wearing your cape over short sleeves works just fine; as we head toward winter, though, throwing on a pretty cardigan under the cape is more practical. A Trench Cape, is a great option for transitional weather.

It’s Wearable and Versatile
We don’t dress the same everyday and we’re sure you don’t either. That’s why we love capes. Equally chic over skinny jeans or a Little Black Dress, a cape is an effortless style choice that goes from day to night with no adjustments required.

Best of all, it’s flattering

Cape Coat Brown

Once upon a time, capes were only an option for those who walk a runway for a living. But now, with so many renditions of the classic cape, you can all look fierce no matter if you’re a size 6 or 16. Curvier girls, look for options that accentuate your waist. We love capes that tie in the front like a trench coat, like the Ringsprun Drawstring Cape (on sale, $94, ASOS.com). Our skinnier sisters can try something with a flowier silhouette, like the ASOS (on sale, $86, ASOS.com)—this looks best when it’s paired with something form-fitting on bottom, like skinny jeans and a great pair of riding boots.

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