When we finally start to creep out of the cold winter and temperatures begin to rise, there are a variety of different options for spring outerwear to choose from. Instead of going for a traditional sweater, jacket, or blazer, choose something that is sure to turn heads like a gorgeous cape.

Capes are dramatic, chic, and functional and are the perfect way to polish any look. Unfortunately, styling a cape can be a bit intimidating for those who have never done it before, so we’re here to provide you with some helpful styling tips for the ultimate outfit inspiration.

Tip #1. Choose Classic Colors

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01Choosing a cape that is right for you can be a daunting task. Do you choose a bold print or solid color? What should your cape be made from to ensure it lasts? Luckily, when it comes down to it, capes are all about simplicity. Choose a classic, neutral color like camel, black, grey or chocolate brown to ensure your new investment piece will work for a variety of situations and outfits. In terms of materials, nothing can compare to darling Harris Tweed. Pair your new cape with skinny jeans or liquid leggings and a floral bag or bright shoe for a pop of color.

Pastels are incredibly elegant and popular for spring, and choosing a matching bag and shoe combination is a great way to look put together without looking too matchy-matchy.

Tip # 2. Accessories Should be Big and Bold Too!

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01If you’re planning on pairing some bold accessories with your dramatic, statement-making cape, go big or go home. Planning on wearing jewellery? Go for a bold statement necklace that pulls colors from your bag. A large, floppy hat or tote bag will do the trick, too. We’ve created the perfect look to take you from running errands to Sunday brunch using some gorgeous accessories. Which piece is your favorite?

This YSL bag and floppy hat work incredibly well together while still looking chic and fashion-forward. This gorgeous necklace tops it off with champagne-colored stones that are sure to attract all the right kinds of attention.

Tip #3. Keep the Bottom Silhouette Slim

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01The silhouette of a cape is very dramatic, creating a distinct, top-heavy look. Because of this, you’ll want to balance it out and keep your natural silhouette showing by keeping the bottom slim and defined. Consider wearing your favorite pair of luxe leggings, skinny jeans, or straight-fit pants. A form-fitting dress or pencil skirt would also look stunning. Here are a couple examples to keep you on the right track.

A cape can make anything look chic, from a classic trouser to bold pencil skirt.

Tip #4. Choose a Cape that Fits Your Personality

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01The beautiful thing about capes is they are incredibly diverse. Choose a cape that fits your personal style and personality. Whether that means choosing a cape with a collar for an instant taste of vintage, or finding a bold pattern or pop of color if neutrals aren’t your thing for day-to-day wear. You can also find cape coats, cape blazers, and more so you don’t have to sacrifice wearing a cape any time of day.

How fabulous would that camel-colored cape look with a red lip and pin curls? We also love the bold square pattern featuring a sophisticated and fresh palette for spring.

Tip #5. Belt Your Cape

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01To make your cape look like it’s part of the bigger picture and not just a piece of outerwear, add a belt! A simple belt can show the amount of thought and effort put into your outfit of the day and let people know your cape is far more than just a jacket or something to keep you warm on cool, spring days.

Who knew a simple belt could completely change the look and feeling of a cape?

Tip #6. Take Full Advantage of the ‘Classic’ Look

How to Style a Cape for Any Occasion-i01When it comes to achieving a classic look, it doesn’t have to end with a cape! Add other classic pieces, like a chambray shirt, denim and flats for a polished, yet casual look that will become your new favorite for dress-down Fridays, walking the dog, or coffee with your girlfriends.

We love the layering happening with the striped shirt and collared blouse and the red ballet flats add a much-needed pop of color.

Well, there you have it. Our insider secrets for styling a cape for any occasion; whether you’re heading to work, executing an event, running errands or heading to brunch – capes are the perfect investment piece to add to your wardrobe for extra versatility. Which look could you see yourself wearing? What tips will be most helpful to you? Let us know and thank you for reading and shopping Cocoon Luxe.

by Cocoon Luxury Wear