The return of the cape: How to wear January’s must-have

January is already proving to be colder than December, with snow, ice and grey days being common as the month progresses. This means you definitely need to invest in warm outerwear to make it less miserable when you do have to venture outside.

While coats are a great choice, they often aren’t as fashionable as you’d like. Luckily, you don’t have to choose function over fashion when it comes to staying warm this winter, as capes are the perfect choice.

Capes allow you to layer up in a super glam way, guarding against the cold but then also becoming the ideal transitional pieces when spring finally arrives. You may think they are a bit old-fashioned for you, but capes have been given a makeover and are proving that they are the must-have of the moment.

But how do you pull off a cape every day? Here are some great style tips that will leave you looking glam and feeling toasty:

Team with long sleeves

There are a few different styles of cape to choose from. Some have slits at the front for you to put your arms through, others have a wrap design and some feature sleeve-like designs.

All of these have one thing in common: they’re best worn with long sleeves. This means popping on your favourite chunky knit or svelte sweater to add an extra layer to your outfit.

As well as being practical, you can use your sleeves as a design element. Try wearing a jumper in a contrasting colour to your cape to add a bright edge that can elevate your style. You can also contrast textures if you want to wear similar shades, which will make your outfit more interesting.

Go with boots

To keep your whole look super chic, team your cape – no matter what the style – with knee-high or over-the-knee boots. Brown or black boots are not only totally practical for winter, they will also help tie the outfit together.

High boots mean you can wear skinny jeans or a skirt with your cape while keeping your legs warm – although thick tights are a must if opting for a skirt! The best thing is that they can help the colour or detail of your cape stand out, even if the difference in shade is only subtle.

All-in-all, boots just work with capes no matter what, so you might as well embrace both trends and be your most stylish self.

Opt for check

If you want to embrace the traditional look of the cape, a great way to do so is to opt for a traditional pattern. Tartan or houndstooth are perfect choices and can instantly add a chic element to even the simplest outfits.

The best thing about these prints is that they tend to work with absolutely anything and with any style of cape. They are timeless choices that mean your cape is going to look just as good next winter as it will this January.

To really rock this look, stick to black accessories with classic, simple designs and minimal accessories so that the print does all the talking.

Cosy faux fur

For those that want to feel as warm as possible, the only real choice is faux fur. You can never really go wrong with faux fur and it is a must-wear trend for winter in itself, meaning that teaming it with a cape with put you top of the style stakes.

Choose a cape that features a soft faux fur trim – such as our Black Cape – and enjoy how cosy it feels, as well as how great it looks.

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