This season, there's a new jacket style in town, the cape coat! Not only is this jacket silhouette easy to wear, it's a fantastic layering piece that will spice up your Winter wardrobe in a pinch. For a timeless version that will never go out of style, choose a cape in a solid hue, like black. Or, stay on this season by injecting a dose of burnt orange via a sleek and streamlined version. See how we'll be wearing capes this Fall right here! On Allison: Rachel Zoe jacket
Selena Gomez was all smiles frolicking on Malibu beach in a neon green Wildfox tank ($69), short denim shorts, and these celebrity-favorite Westward Leaning shades ($275) while celebrating Ashley Tisdale's 27th birthday. Although the sun was shining, Selena layered a fringed cardigan by Line over her Summer staples to fight the breeze, and piled on a few necklaces to liven up her party style. Re-create this beachy look by pairing Selena's exact tank and shades with creme denim shorts or switch the shorts for black skinny jeans and sandals for a bonfire later.
Victoria Beckham took airport chic to a whole new level in a stylish cape coat. The ever-fashionable designer selected a figure-hugging trench with a cool cape in back that's easy but still really polished. She added on some sky-high platform suede booties, a large gold watch, and brown oversized sunglasses. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more. On Allison McNamara: Topshop jacket, Tiger Lily necklace.
The ultimate in ladylike refinement (and warmth), capes are shaping up to be the season's coolest coverup. We saw gorgeous capes on the Fall runways from designers like Lanvin, Alexander Wang, and Burberry, and though it can be a tricky piece to wear, the new cape is more modern glamour girl and less stylish superhero — think '50s-era starlets like Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn. Whether you want to channel a retro vibe or prefer to add some edge, there is definitely more than one way to make it look chic. Click through to see five ways to style up a cape for Fall.
'Tis the season to cape it, and we love how Annabel Ly worked it in her tweed version complete with black tights, combat booties, Lanvin for H&M sunnies, and Fjällräven backpack. The ideal Winter ensemble whether you're a budding college student or street trekking worker bee. Master with same look with similar picks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, McQ, French Connection, and Madewell.
Left to right: French Connection Crusade Cape ($358), Oliver Peoples Altman Retro Sunglasses ($360), Land's End Tights ($20), Petit Bateau Long Sleeve Top ($51), McQ High-Waisted Wool Shorts ($92, originally $305), Madewell Ribbed Socks ($8), Marc by Marc Jacobs Combat Boots ($395), Fjällräven Mini Backpack ($45)
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We're still crushing over the caped crusader movement — especially after peeping Holli Rogers donning one during Milan Fashion Week — and this Fall, retailers are giving us a robust selection to choose from. Our top four picks highlight textures and prints, from an abstract art print version from Lindsey Thornburg to a classic check and leather-trimmed creation from Cooper & Stollbrand for Asos.
Lindsey Thornburg Pendleton Cloak ($1,300), 3.1 Phillip Lim Quilted Cape ($795), Sandro Murmure Cape ($630), Cooper & Stollbrand for ASOS Checked Cape ($337)
One of my favorite Fall trends has to be the cozy cape. Besides being unbelievably comfortable, you can throw one on without having to put much effort into the rest of your outfit — and on a chilly morning, who doesn't love that? Fab reader MissBehave let her colorful ASOS cape be the star of the show by styling it with dark jeans and gray wedges. Her simple-yet-chic ensemble is a great escape from the cold!
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No one clothing item more perfectly transitions your wardrobe into the colder months than a classic cape. Worn over a favorite pair of jeans or dressed up trousers, this is one silhouette that never goes out of style. Some of our favorites above from the fall collections, including more than a few by Stella McCartney, who does casual cool better than most.
Topshop's fall/winter 2010 collection look book is out, and the high street retailer has translated plenty of fall's best runway trends into affordable, fast fashion. There are patchwork faux fur jackets, luxe-looking camel capes, Burberry-inspired faux shearling jackets, textured knitwear adorned with feathers and fur, nude leggings with diamante sparkles, Courtney Love grunge-era deconstructed princess looks, jersey tops with chain mail detail, and preppy plaid blazers with elbow patches. As always, a little something for everyone and every style. Click below for the complete fall look book.