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Capes for winter

Woman wearing a white cape coat, matching gloves, black leggings and gold boots

Winter makes being fashionable a little bit more tricky. The cold makes us want to bundle up with sweatpants, hoodies and a fuzzy blanket. Unfortunately, that’s not always an option when you have to head to the office, dinners and even cocktail parties. Luckily, there are ways to look great, be warm and feel comfortable. One of those ways is by throwing on a fashion jacket like a cape. Here is what you need to know about styling your capes to keep you cozy and modern – all in one.

How it feels

Your concept of a cape may be a little bit different from the kinds that are currently on the market. They aren’t black, witch-like and costumey. Instead, they’re elegant pieces that drape over your body. They differentiate from a coat because traditionally your arms are free in a cape. Therefore, they are more practical to wear indoors because you won’t feel constricted. Capes are usually oversized so they’re comfortable to walk around or sit in. However, if you’re looking for something that gives you a shape, some capes have cinched waists or are tighter around the bust area. Regardless of what kind you choose, the cape is one of the coziest garments on the market.

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Dress it up or down

The best part about a cape is that it can be worn a plethora of ways. Heading out to a fancy party, but don’t want to carry your coat around? Try a cape. You’ll be able to keep it on throughout the party without overheating. Or you can drape it on your arm for a sophisticated look.

On the other hand, capes are easy to throw on to complete a more casual outfit. They go great with blue jeans for any occasion, from dinner to grocery shopping.

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Colors, patterns and fabric oh my!

Just like most outerwear, you get to choose from various colors, patterns and fabrics. However, unlike outerwear, you won’t be wearing a cape every day during the winter. That means, you could be a little bit more adventurous with your options. Spice up your wardrobe with a tweed or checkered pattern. Or maybe you’ve always wanted a red coat but couldn’t commit. Try for a red cape! You’ll crank your style up a notch without the commitment to an everyday coat.

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Published on Dec 03 2015

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