Do you dress for your coat and are sick of it? Shall we explain? Okay, so when you dress for your coat, you have to wear thin clothes or layers to make sure you do not look like a marshmallow when you zip up your pea coat or worse, button your snug puffer. We don’t like to dress for our coat and that’s where the cape comes in! A cape-style coat is one of those jackets that everyone must own, especially for fall/winter, because it can shield an outfit from the weather, without crushing or completely hiding it.
More specifically the cape is a structured, normally sleeveless, jacket that is wide, not form fitting, and normally long enough to cover the torso and wide enough to layer over anything else that you have on. Seriously, how practical is that? The cape allows one to layer in the winter, while still looking super stylish walking down the street. We love this outer garment for fall fashion, but commonly readers ask us how to wear the cape without looking like they are in costume, so we’ve styled the cape in multiple different ways for you. We’re completely obsessed with the Ashlee Brooks Claire Cape because it is sleeveless, black, made of 100% wool, great shape, and warm.
Below, we show you 3 ways to wear our favorite cape by Dallas designer, Ashlee Brooks. First we show the cape with silk trouser or palazzo pants, then over a skirt, and lastly over a jumper. As you can see in the photos below, we have layered multiple pieces underneath the cape including a long sweater over a pair of pants, a leather jacket, and a thick wool dress over top a long-sleeved blouse.
1. Wear a Cape layered over a bulky sweater and palazzo pants
SHOP THE CAPE: Ashlee Brooks Claire Black Cape
SHOP THE PANTS: Ashlee Brooks Ruth Pant
2. Wear a Cape layered over a leather jacket with a skirt
3. Wear a Cape layered over a dress with tights and flats
SHOP THIS LAYERING BLOUSE: Ashlee Brooks Emma Layering Blouse
SHOP THIS DRESS: Ashlee Brooks Jan Dress