Our A/W Trend Series is continuing to focus on cover-ups (because let’s face it, this is Ireland and we could do with all the covering up we can get!), and this time, we’re looking at capes.
I have to admit, I used to HATE capes. I just did not get it…they have no sleeves, they’re basically blankets and they looked so awkward to wear. Then I just happened to love the print on a River Island cape one day, so I tried it on out of interest. Once the friend that was with me showed me how to wear it so it didn’t look like a picnic blanket around my shoulders, I was sold and that cape came home with me then and there.
There’s a few tricks to wearing a cape, and the main one for me is that everything else about your outfit should be fitted or tailored to avoid looking like a crazy bag lady. Skinny jeans are my go-to with my cape, and usually a plain top and pair of boots to keep the look polished. The second thing is knowing how to tie or place the cape. If it is long like mine, I would casually toss/drape one side over your shoulder. I think it looks effortless and stylish, rather than just hanging there swamping you. Leading to my last tip – pick one that doesn’t swamp you. If it’s too long and wide, you will look like a giant baby carrying your blankie around…so go for something that is proportionate to your height and size!
River Island always have a fantastic selection, as do Asos and Boohoo. I tend to go for plainish, neutral colours so that it is wearable and not too OTT, but there are plenty out there for the mmore adventorous af you!
So here are my top picks at the moment:
- Cream Faux Fur Trim Cape (River Island, €55)
This is a really stylish, yet neutral choice, without being boring. It would be fab with jeans and boots for a shopping day, and the fact that the shaggy faux fur is detachable makes it versatile too! The size isn’t massive, so it shouldn’t swamp you, and the way it’s shaped makes it cardigan-like so no fuss trying to figure out how to wear it!
2. Dark Brown Belted Shearling Jacket (River Island, €80.00)
I love this take on the cape. The faux suede gives it a really luxe finish, and the belt around the waist makes it so stylish and polished. It is shearling inside too, so it would be lovely and cosy…I’m a big fan of this one!
3. Colour Block Cape Multi Coloured (Heatons, €20)
This gem from Heatons is a bargain at €20, and is a lookalike for a lot of the designer capes that are floating around! I’d team this with a black polo neck, jeans and black boots for a casual but stylish daytime look.
4. Sarah Check Row Blanket (Boohoo, €27)
If you’re looking for something understated and cool, this cape is it. Wear with skinnies, a black polo neck and black boots, or black skinnies, a grey polo and black boots for a laid back, effortlessly cool and chic look.
5. ASOS Autumn Cape in Navy (ASOS, €106.64)
How fab is this ASOS offering?! This cape exudes elegance, and is the perfect match for anyone who wants something a little dressier and more tailored than a blanket cape. This would go with almost anything, but I would pair it with leather skinnies, a white shirt and black courts for a classy and understated look. Think of it as an investment, as this will see you through many a season for years to come!