14 November 2014

Mastering the look: How to style a Cape

Stay on top of the fashion zip-wire by mastering Autumn/Winter 2014′s most stylish cover-up: the cape. It’s giving the classic coat a true run for its money and hails as one of the most chic ways to freshen up your outerwear game. It’s classy, versatile, elegant and can revamp the dullest of fashion ensembles. It’s the perfect finishing touch to inject a pinch of originality & impress within the office, can transform you into a glamour-puss for dusky night drinks as well as providing the snuggly comfort in your casual weekend attire.

Ladies the cape is here to stay & whilst the art to styling it can run you into some sticky dilemmas, keep reading to master your inner cape crusader & harness the right way to compliment your personality.
Uptown Chic
Layer it over a crisp cream blouse tucked into a sleek & sexy pencil skirt. Take your look to the next level by chucking on a swingy cape coat and finishing it off with a striking beaded clutch or a bejewelled drop necklace. Just remember, if your cape calls attention with pattern or colour, keep the rest of your outfit plain & simple but if you plump for a neutral toned cape, inject some pizzazz with your clothes.

Downtown Comfort
The art to taking your fail-safe casual outfit to polished ease is by pairing it with a powerful outer garment. A pair of dark skinnies, brushed leather brogues and fine knit roller neck pullover can come alive when paired with a patterned, bright swing cape or a pretty cape coat laced with a collar of soft faux fur.
Caped Feline
Nothing screams elegance and pure femininity more than the ever-strong dress but its allure can be heightened by the finishing touch of a flirty cape. With this look, it’s all about channeling your fun side so it’s time to get creative. If you’re coveting a plain simple dress or skirt with a structured silhouette, pair it with a brightly patterned cape and thin leather belt to nip you in at the waist for extra definition.

Flatter & Compliment
Keep your denim skinnies tight & structured when styling a cape. A billowy top half can be balanced out, exaggerated and complimented by keeping your bottom half on the straight and narrow. Not only that but it’ll do favours for exaggerating a lithe leggy look, ladies! Fabulous!
Snuggle Blanket
For the ultimate indulgent yet fabulously stylish look, volume is key. The bigger the better and the more room you’ll have to snuggle, toast & roast against the buster winter gales. To smooth out a curvy silhouette and keep your look stream-lined, cinch and define your waistline with a belted look.

[Also available to read on Couture Stories]

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