They're happening, people.

By Samantha Sutton
Updated Aug 08, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
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Every time we look at the calendar, we’re unfortunately reminded that fall isn’t too far away. Pretty soon, we’ll be swapping our shorts for pants, wearing slouchy boots instead of sandals, and wondering what kind of coat to buy before things get chilly. One option we’ve been contemplating adding to our wardrobe? A cape (and yes, we're being serious).

While the trend has been bubbling up for a bit now, we're thinking it's finally time to embrace it. For starters, capes were all over the fall 2019 runways, and street-style stars have been showing us how to wear them for months, if not years. To kick things off and possibly influence your shopping list, we've compiled a few cape-inclusive outfits that prove this piece is more versatile than you think, and definitely deserves to be in your closet.

Chanel Kept It Classic

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A long black option was styled over a sheer white top and shiny black pants.

...While Valentino Made a Puffer-Like Version

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We've no doubt that this baby would keep us warm in the winter.

Miu Miu Created an Everyday Cape

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Essentially, this could replace our leather jacket.

There Were Mixed Prints at Marc Jacobs

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Sweet and sassy — the perfect combination.

And Celine Proved That Ponchos Are Cool, Too

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Just throw it on with your jeans like you would your favorite sweater.

The Trend Is Extremely Versatile

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A cape can definitely become your go-to coat.

It Adds Some Flair to Simple Outfits

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All-black everything will instantly become more interesting.

Is There Even a Coat That's Cozier Than a Cape?

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Considering it's basically a big blanket, we doubt it.

And Yet, They Are Professional, Too

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You can definitely wear one with your work clothes!

Invest in a Print

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It'll spice up neutral pairings.

...Or Go the Monochromatic Route

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Pile on Those Layers

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Wear a blazer-like cape over your favorite knit sweater.

Don't Forget to Accessorize

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Styling a cape with a wide-brim hat creates a super-cute look.

Capes Pair Well With Skirts and Dresses

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We've found the solution to this fashion dilemma.

They Can Be Pretty Preppy

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Especially if you mix plaid prints.

...Or Make Quite the Statement

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When you go with vibrant colors and fringe details.

They're Also Great For Formal Events

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A cape over a gown gives us Disney princess vibes.