The Comeback of Capes

by Lori Sciame | February 3rd, 2012 | Accessories, Women's Fashion

Have you invested in a cape yet? If not, think of a cape as THE hot fashion accessory for 2012; one that offers a touch of warmth with a dash of class. Burberry, famous world-wide, has several versions of this timeless accessory, but other designers have joined the cape frenzy. Even brides are jumping on this memorable trend.  Read on to learn about some of the hottest versions available.


Who could argue against having a Burberry accessory? The Fringed Merino Cape, offered for $295.00, comes with a hood and a front zipper in the classic Burberry crème, black, and red tartan print. It’s sassy as well as sexy! And their Check Cashmere Cape for $1,300 offers effortless style combined with a muted color palette. Both of these capes are from the spring 2012 line. Also available from Burberry are cute rain capes in vivid colors, such as red and navy.

Vivienne Westwood

Ms. Westwood channels her punk roots for one of her most beautiful cape creations. As described by Anastasia Boutique of Laguna Beach, the “Bolero cape in grey…features notched lapels, cascading pleated front, wide cape sleeves, and a single button closure.” Close to $500, the cape is costly, yet it would beautifully accessorize both casual and dressy outfits.

J. Crew

What I like about J. Crew is that they take a fashion staple and add their own unique twist. I found a simply delicious cashmere cape cardigan for only $100.00 on their website. Available in warm elm, the cape sweater features dolman sleeves and a button front. This version of the classic cape would work with both shorts and slim fit pants.


Always on the forefront of fashion trends, Target has a steal of a deal right now on capes. If you want to try using a cape as a fashion accessory, but you are not sure you want to invest a lot of money just yet, why not give Target’s version a try? The Merona Pleated Cape is currently on clearance for $17.48 in a variety of colors from gray twill to ebony. The gazelle cape would be a perfect addition to an early spring wardrobe, as it appears more ivory than brown. Pair it with knee-high boots and watch heads turn!

Specialty Shops

While researching this article, I found plenty of elegant capes for brides. From gorgeous, floor-length chiffon capes, to shoulder topping fur capes, these bridal accessories would wow any wedding guest. If you plan to make a dramatic entrance or exit at the ceremony , why not add a wedding cape accessory? Check out bestforbride.com for some stunning examples of fur wedding capes.  (And their prices aren’t bad either).

Capes may be considered “wraps,” but what they really are – a unique accessory. From expensive versions to reasonable knock-offs, capes can add spice to your late winter or early spring wardrobe. The waist length capes of the 1960’s are back, but so are long versions, and super short versions. You’re missing out if you don’t give one a try.

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