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Capes and cape-like coats are on trend for Fall 2013. This statement outerwear layer is surprisingly easy to wear… the secret is finding the best style for you!

Capes come in all shapes and styles, from minimalist to super girlie. Pick a flavor that works with items already in your closet, and you’ll be amazed how it transforms your look!


A structured military cape like the Cape with Pockets works well for colder weather. This style is a good choice for daytime looks and outdoor activities, with large pockets to hold keys and gloves. Riding boots or high heeled desert booties and a beanie are a must for the full tomboy look.


Trading your overcoat for a flowing cape can make you feel like the star of your own movie. Why cover up your girlie dresses and date outfits with a bulky coat when you could bundle up in something so much prettier? A romantic style like the Cape with Scarf perks up gloomy winter days, and will keep you warm without giving up your feminine style. Accessorize with a floppy wool hat and lacy tights.


Want to test drive the cape trend, but your style is more preppy than adventuresome? The Lindsey cape and Checked Cape are sweet and simple, with hip-length hemlines that don’t overwhelm jeans and a tee. Both of these styles shine in a fabric with some texture, like checked boucle or a soft herringbone. Wear this one with a featherweight sweater, ankle length skinny jeans, and ballet flats in your favorite color.


For an everyday look, go for the high necked Cape or the Double Breasted Cape. A basic style looks sophisticated with work outfits like skinny slacks or a pencil skirt, but isn’t too much for an everyday look. The Double Breasted Cape is a good starter cape– not too dramatic, with similar styling to a standard peacoat. Make sure your stylish outerwear gets noticed with an eye-popping bold hue!

Check out the trend in action. At left, Carey Mulligan shows off a minimalist cape in oyster. At right, model Gabriella Wilde wears Burberry.

Finding a cape that matches your signature style makes this look easy to pull off. Pick a look you’re already comfortable wearing, and give this trend a whirl!

Happy sewing!


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    Apr 30, 2014, 01.30 PMby DeniseSmith

    These capes are very stylish. It can enhance once personality by making a woman looks sophisticated. – James D. Sterling

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    Nov 12, 2013, 04.24 PMby Susan Steinick

    Is the pattern for the blouse with the bow shown with the red cape available?

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    Nov 11, 2013, 02.40 PMby turtlegirl00

    i have had the one from dianna Rupp’s book almost done for over two years!! i just need to hem… what the heck is my problem?!?! maybe this post will inspire me.

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    Nov 11, 2013, 02.24 PMby mcclxix

    Those red kitten shoes on the “Classic” panel are too cute! Anyone know the brand name?

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      Nov 11, 2013, 04.06 PMby MandieW

      The ones in this post are Charlotte Olympia, and you can also find similar animal flats on ModCloth.com for a gentler price.

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    Nov 10, 2013, 09.25 AMby purplegoat

    Me too – a cape has been calling to me for a while.

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    Nov 10, 2013, 03.35 AMby MegH

    I’m all about the Military cape trend! Really want to sew a cape this season.

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