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Fall Fashion Trend 2012: The Cape

When Banana Republic invited me to wear their trench capelet during New York fashion week, I was hesitant to say the least. Mostly, I was concerned about the volume and how I would style it without looking over the top. But once I tried it on, my fears melted away. A classic capelet with a belt to cinch the waist, in a neutral color, is easy and effortless and you can toss it on over just about anything. Now I'm just sorry I waited so long to try this trend, which seems to come back every season - see looks from the Fall 2012 Hermes (top center) and Chloe runways above for inspiration.

My exact BR cape is sold out online but you might still find it in stores for $150. Here are a few more affordable cape options to help you get the look:

1. Halogen Asymmetrical Cape, $78
Available in teal, cognac, black or gray, this elegant cape is an instant outfit maker. Pair it with leggings and riding boots for an easy weekend look.

2. Gap Fur Military Cape, $128
Combine the utility jacket trend with a cape silhouette for an outdoorsy-chic look.

3. Halogen Colorblock Cape, $78
In a standout colorblock print, you'll want to live in this cape which reads more like an oversized sweater.

4. Kensie A-Line Cape, $148

This classy cape is perfect for the office (try it over a sheath dress), or layered over a sweater and jeans on the weekend.

5. Guess Leather Trim Tweed Cape, $148

The leather trim and tweed fabrication give this cape an equestrian vibe that's so right this season.

6. SPLURGE: Juicy Couture Plaid Cape, $298
The structured fit makes this cape easy to pull off, while the fun raspberry accents make it totally stand out.

Photo credit: Quip Mag,
I love a good cape. Thanks! gonna have to look into getting one!
#1 Liz (Homepage) on 2012-09-28 09:26 (Reply)
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