The cape has become a niche fashion outerwear item over the years, no longer the essential piece of wardrobe it once was. It harkens back to the more classic times of yester year…in general, that is. Many designers still love its traditional aesthetic, layering it into Fall collections while others appreciate its versatility and choose to do more contemporary looks, whether it be through styling, fabrication, length or print.
So what is it exactly that distinguishes a cape from being, say, a poncho or shawl? Well, for sure there is a definite grey area, but these are some commonly accepted differences:
- A cape is worn outdoors and thus categorized as "outerwear"
- A cape normally has a securing mechanism, such as a button(s), clasp or, in rare inistances, a zipper
- A cape usually has arm holes
Here are 10 great designer capes for Fall 2015 which range from classic to updated:
Top Row (Left to Right): CHLOE patchwork shearling cape ($11,995 Saks Fifth Avenue), ALEXANDER MCQUEEN belted wool cape coat ($3495 Saks Fifth Avenue), MISSONI jacquard wool cape ($2,710 Nordstrom), MISSONI grey wool cape (€860 Browns London), SIMONE ROCHA chenille tapestry cape ($2,710 Nordstrom)
Bottom Row (Left to Right): MICHAEL KORS faux fur cape (£275 House of Fraser), BURBERRY BRIT animal jaquard wool/cashmere cape ($1,495 Nordstrom), MAX MARA WEEKEND bell sleeve wool cape ($800 The Bay), MARC JACOBS long plaid cape with sequined detail ($5,800 Saks Fifth Avenue), VALENTINO butterfly embroidered cape (£2,785 Liberty London)
Find additional fashion capes at these retailers…