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April 30, 2015

By now, we've touched on all the many ways to master dressing for awkward in-between weather, like with stylist-approved winter-to-spring piecestransitional shoes, and spring layers that work for every kind of climate. And we have one more to add to the list—cape-style pieces. They boast the same open-sleeve silhouette seen in traditional heavy-duty wool cape coats, but that's where the similarities end. Caped blazers and dresses offer a degree of protection from chilly spring breezes without fully covering up. It's akin to draping a jacket over your shoulders, but unlike other spring outerwear (read: denim jackets and utilitarian toppers), these are infinitely more polished and sophisticated.

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Celebrities have already taken note, both on and off the red carpet. Chrissy Teigen wore a smart black tux-inspired piece on the red carpet (above, left), while Olivia Wilde grounded her white caped suit set from her Conscious Exclusive collection with H&M with a cool graphic tee (center). Lastly, Elizabeth Olsen stunned on the red carpet at the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere in a bejweled Saint Laurent cape dress (right).

Master fickle spring weather once and for all with these sleek caped pieces that can take you from the office to cocktails to dinner.

Caped Blazers

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Shop the pieces (from top): Halston Heritage, $495; net-a-porter.com. Zara, $129; zara.com. Front Row Shop, $99; frontrowshop.com. BCBG Max Azria, $298; bcbg.com.

Caped Dresses

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Shop the pieces (from top): Warehouse, $85; warehouse.andotherbrands.com. Yigal Azrouel, $890; yigal-azrouel.com. Tibi, $475; tibi.com. Rosie Assoulin, $1,895; modaoperandi.com.

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