The era of the cape coat has arrived – here’s how to wear fall essentials

Finally, it looks like the fall weather is here to stay, and as the temperatures start to drop, you might be wondering how to deal with this whole outerwear situation. Figuring out what type of jacket to wear is probably the biggest wardrobe dilemma all through fall and winter, but instead of seeing that extra layer as an annoyance, think of it as an opportunity to tweak. your look.

Coats aren’t just functional; they are also an opportunity to add a trendy touch to your ensemble. The best coats complement and complement your outfit, and while a classic pea coat, timeless trench coat and cozy jacket are good options, consider elevating your fall aesthetic this year with a chic cape coat.

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Before you freak out about wearing outerwear that seems more suited to a Halloween costume than everyday life, take a look at the latest cape coats – those fashionable tops are a sleek and decidedly modern twist on the accessory you might most closely associate with a 19th century novel. Today’s cape coats are sophisticated and polished, and also much easier to wear than you might think. Look at Kate Middleton, who adores a certain blue cape jacket.

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The key is to choose a cape coat that has a similar aesthetic to your usual outerwear, whether you like a trench coat, a military-inspired jacket, a feminine flare number or a classic double-breasted look. A black, beige or winter white cape coat goes with everything, but you can also try a bold color or an unexpected print.

Now that you’re convinced it’s time to add a cape coat to your winter wardrobe, check out the most stylish options to buy now.

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  • Margiela House.

    Maison Margiela Houndstooth checked virgin wool cape blazer

    Houndstooth is a quintessential fall print, and if you’re a fan of the look, try this structured, menswear-inspired cape coat with contrast collar.

    $3,310 shop now

  • Lafayette148.

    Lafayette 148 cashmere leather pocket cape

    This lush cashmere cape coat gives instant drama to any ensemble, with leather pockets, an oversized silhouette and a woven enclosure.

    $3,998, shop now

  • Ralph Lauren.

    Lauren Ralph Lauren wool-blend cape

    A camel-colored coat is a fall staple, and this flowy ankle-length cape is a lovely alternative to your usual outerwear.

    $310, shop now

  • Reiss.

    Cape Reiss Mathilde Wool Blend Trench Coat

    This Reiss cape coat is a new version of the traditional trench coat.

    $675, shop now

  • Burberry.

    Burberry Reversible Hooded Checked Wool Cape

    You can’t go wrong with a classic Burberry coat, especially when it’s as chic as this black cape style, featuring the brand’s signature tartan pattern.

    $3,150, shop now

  • Karen Millen.

    Italian virgin wool cape coat Karen Millen

    Keep it classic with this black wool cape coat that looks like a pea coat, for an effortlessly refined look.

    $452.80, Buy Now

  • The Agency.

    Delta Cape Blazer Agency

    A bold red and black houndstooth print is just preppy enough.

    $750, shop now

  • Fendi.

    Fendi wool and silk cape

    There’s simply no more elegant than this glamorous Fendi cape, for a sophisticated winter white moment.

    $3,890, shop now

  • Hello.

    Allora single-breasted wool and cashmere cape

    A minimalist navy cape coat is so easy to wear.

    $628, shop now

  • Ted Baker.

    Ted Baker Wendiyy Flood Length Wool Trench Cape

    Add drama to your fall wardrobe with this trench-inspired long wool cape coat.

    $765, shop now

  • All me.

    Toteme Women’s Lined Wool Cape Coat

    This understated black cape coat does double duty, as you can wear it with the traditional sleeves like a typical jacket, or use the slits and opt for the cape option.

    $1,020, shop now

  • Loro Piana.

    Cape Loro Piana Salzburg

    Loro Piana’s sumptuous cashmere cape coats are so luxurious and have a leather belt that you can tie to accentuate the waist.

    $5,750 shop now

  • Karen Millen.

    Italian Virgin Wool Short Cape Sleeve Coat Karen Millen

    $494.40, Buy Now

  • BCBG.

    BCBGMaxazria cape jacket

    For a chic take on the tuxedo jacket, try this simple yet refined cape jacket.

    $228, Buy Now

The era of the cape coat has arrived - here's how to wear fall essentials

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