It might not be the easiest to wear, warmest or even most versatile item in any wardrobe, but the cape coat has proved to be a massive hit for winter 2008. Why? because they look so damn good. A good, warm coat is an integral part of our winter wardrobe, and if I had to splurge on just one, then I admit – despite my recent cape preaching – it would have to be a belted trench. But if I were to treat myself to another? The impractical cape would certainly get my vote.
The cape can cover all manner of sins when worn with the right outfit: the key is balance. Stick to skinny trousers for a svelte, sophisticated approach, or for an equally forgiving look, team with a slim skirt and tights a la Missoni.
The high street is flooded with different versions of the cape coat, and Jaeger have some of the best, if more expensive, picks. The double-breasted, hooded cape – as pictured – is sleek, simple and bang on the military trend, while the camel cape made from a mix of angora and wool is the ultimate indulgence. What’s more, the leather sash-tie belt will nip in that waist for a different look.
Not feeling warm enough? Slip on a pair of elbow length gloves for added chic. Oh, and make sure you have a clutch handy – your shoulder bag just won’t work!