How to Wear a Cape

December 3rd, 2010

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Pictured: Hooded Duffle Cape | $160 at Topshop, Shirt with Tailored Front | 25.99 GBP (approx $40.50) at Zara, Black Ribbed Ankle Leggings | $36 at Topshop, Studded Ballet Flats | $138 at J Crew, and City Bag with Straps | 59.99 GBP (approx $93.60) at Zara. Note: For US customers, Zara items are available in store only.

Supersize your style this Fall with a cape worthy of a style superhero.  Deliciously dramatic, the cape delivers an exaggerated silhouette to play with - and keeps you warm all the while.  Do as Sofia Coppola does and have some fun with the dramatic cape with an equally exaggerated silhouette.  We love how she pairs her voluminous cape with something super skinny on the bottom, juxtaposing an elegant "uptown" cape with a "downtown" pair of leggings.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a tailored white button down shirt and a pair of skinny black leggings or trouser pants.  Bonus points for picking a pair that hits just above the ankle.
2. Layer on your voluminous cape, creating a gorgeous big-over-small silhouette.
3. Finish off the look with a structured bag and a pair of ballet flats, which pair perfectly with the cropped pants.

How would you wear the cape?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: How To, Ready Made Outfits, Women, Women's

32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mimi  |  December 3rd, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    The blue one looks lovely. I’d wear something like that!

  • 2. Kelsey  |  December 6th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I think skinny jeans / leggings + ankle boots would make this look lovely too! For a more dressy style, a pencil skirt that falls right below the knees with heels would look great as well — at least according to the picture in my head.

  • 3. Lena  |  December 11th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Love this, would add a belt (not too wide) or a bold necklace to avoid looking too plain.

  • 4. Fan  |  December 15th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Please update more often.

  • 5. Vicky  |  December 20th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    No updates for 2 weeks? :(

  • 6. Charlie, Feminine Bravery  |  December 27th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I would go for a flared skirt and tights :)

    xxx Charlie
    Feminine Bravery

  • 7. Natalie  |  December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I just ran into your blog the other day and adore it!! Keep it up!!
    Regards,
    Natalie

  • 8. Seasons Jewellery  |  January 11th, 2011 at 4:59 am

    You just can’t go wrong with a tailored white shirt. Not sure if I could wear a cape but otherwise a good look.

  • 9. Kim  |  January 11th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Did Omiru just give up on live? I read this site every day, and really? Nothing since December 3rd?

  • 10. Shelly Brooks  |  January 20th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Oh I so needed this post. My husband bought me one for Christmas and I have had no idea how to wear it!!

  • 11. Nicole Davis  |  January 20th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Everything is OKAY but so plain, you must add accessories to make it look a bit trendy.

  • 12. lorrwill  |  January 24th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    This was a good blog while it lasted.

    I wish you were still posting.

  • 13. brittney  |  January 24th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    i don’t know if i’m brave enough to try the cape. i love the look of them on others though!
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog)

  • 14. Zoe, All for Style  |  January 26th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Aren’t you posting anymore? You were one of the inspirations for my site. I hope you’ll post again soon and continue to inspire :)

  • 15. TZ  |  January 28th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Are you shutting down this website?

  • 16. Sara  |  January 28th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What the heck happened to this site? It used to be awesome.

  • 17. fashionmixture  |  February 1st, 2011 at 12:48 am

    nice tips for fashion

  • 18. Lisa  |  February 10th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The nice thing about capes is that they are truly timeless. The vintage capes can be mixed with a modern wardrobe effortlessly and vise versa!

  • 19. Anne (in Reno)  |  February 14th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Yeah, what happened? I miss your updates!

  • 20. mira  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I also want to know why this blog stopped posting new updates three months ago. Come back omiru!

  • 21. Tony  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    What happened? I love this blog. :(

  • 22. Tine  |  February 27th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    How to wear a cape in Montmartre, Paris :-)

  • 23. Alicia  |  March 1st, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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  • 24. Miss Fashionista  |  March 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Capes are great aren’t they! They’re actually available at a relatively cheap price as well, combine it with a splash of colour (if you’ve gone for a plain one) and they can be dressed up with a pair of heels or made more casual with jeans. A worthy addition to any wardrobe :-)

  • 25. daphne  |  March 8th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    thanks for the ideas. i live in a tropical country so wearing capes is not really a fad. but if i were to wear it somewhere cold, i’ll throw it on a pair of leggings and match it with classy black heels, and accessorize minimally. i don’t want my outfit to look too busy and heavy. :)

  • 26. Jakob  |  March 13th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Love it! =)

  • 27. michelle  |  May 21st, 2011 at 2:02 am

    love wearing them with flats :)
    also I wear my cape with jeggings and casual tees w/ big slouchy bag

  • 28. carrie  |  June 15th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    you’ve got to have alot of guts to pull off a cape ;) I do like the blue color though.

  • 29. Georgia  |  June 30th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    love the navy coat, gets use ready for the fall/winter collections up coming

  • 30. Jane  |  July 28th, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I love the white T shirt, suits well with the shoe

  • 31. sophie  |  October 1st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    very cool outfit <33
    check my streetstyle-blog too :)
    http://sophie-andersen.blogspot.com/
    xx Sophie

  • 32. thestyleexpress.com  |  December 6th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I love that blue cape, would wear it everywhere!!

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