This Is How to Wear a Cape, According to Olivia Palermo
Is there any look Olivia Palermo can’t pull off? That was rhetorical—of course there isn’t.
The socialite has officially earned the title of cape-wearing M.V.P.—or, rather, we created the title just for her because she is slaying the trend.
It’s only fitting that a fashion superhero like Palermo has a collection of stylish capes. If anyone’s ready to fight sartorial crime, it’s O.P.
The key to the model’s trendsetting is more than meets the eye. Not only does she make each and every cape her own, but she keeps an open mind (and closet) to all different varieties of cape. From a subtle navy covering to a statement-making fur piece, Palermo isn’t afraid to show off her style range.
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Scroll through the collection below to steal a bit of Olivia’s cape-wearing expertise.
The Pilgrim-Style Cape
Palermo's button-trimmed cape is the perfect complement to her modest blouse and flare-leg trousers. The tie at the neck gives the look a finishing polish and lends her outfit a conservative Mayflower-era vibe.
THE PONCHO CAPE
She embraced color and boldly mixed patterns in this caped look, reigning in her experimentation with a pair of classic black over-the-knee boots.
THE CLASSIC CAPE
Although Palermo's a true pro at taking fashion risks, she's just as successful when playing it safe. Here, the model kept her look simple by pairing her navy coat with black clothing and over-the-knee boots.
THE FUR CAPE
If you're planning to keep your look monochromatic, varying the texture of your pieces is a great way to make your outfit standout. Palermo knew what she was doing when she paired fur and leather—looking fierce, girl!
THE FAUX CAPE
Palermo doesn't even need to be wearing an actual cape to rock the cape trend. Here, she draped an orange trench over her shoulders and immediately transformed into the sartorial superhero she is.
THE CASUAL CAPE
This cape is so relaxed that when unzipped it looks like a run-of-the-mill sweatshirt, which is precisely why it's perfect. The zipper-bearing garment is the ideal topper for Palermo's dressy ensemble—it falls in line with the color scheme and mellows the overall look without stealing the focus of the outfit itself.