Our Favorite Fall Capes for Under $85

Day Cape

Dashing Tweeds Day Cape

The cape is victim to a certain amount of sartorial confusion. Is it practical? Is it too much of a costume? Well, the answer is yes, it is practical and yes, it can veer into costume territory, but the overall look with a cape is less witchy and, in fact, completely chic. Think of the golden age of the jet set era, when women would dash around in capes from on trips from Aspen or Gstaad (a cape is a versatile outerwear piece that you can use as a blanket while in-flight). Designers such as Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, Tom Ford — remember Gwyneth? — DvF and more showed capes on their fall 2013 runways.

If you’re not one to take inspiration from the hyper-stylized runways, imagine you’re strolling along the Seine or biking along the Thames, oversize sunglasses perched on your face and your cape flowing behind you — you get the idea. The cape is a romantic, feminine piece that you can throw over just about any outfit. And like a coat, it’ll keep you warm, but it won’t cause any bunching on your sleeves if you’ve got a sweater or blouse on underneath and if you think you’ll be encumbered, you’ll be happy to know that most capes have arm holes cut out so you can access your phone and essentials. Still too timid? Our picks won’t break the bank, so feel free to experiment with one of these chic toppers.

Warehouse Stripe Cape

Warehouse Stripe Cape

The first way to avoid any similarity to a cast member of American Horror Story: Coven is to avoid an all-black cape. The Warehouse Stripe Cape ($53.39) is a versatile piece that’ll give your denim and other standbys a more bohemian vibe (think Paris’ left bank or Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon neighborhood). Bold stripes and blanket detailing make this something you’d see coming off the Ann Demeulemeester runway, so if you’re all about prim and pretty, look elsewhere. That’s not to say this isn’t versatile, however, because over just about anything, it would be the perfect way to cozy up.

Available at ASOS.

Warehouse Geo-Tribal Cape

Warehouse Geo-Tribal Cape

If your style is more Ralph Lauren than Rick Owens, the Warehouse Geo-Tribal Cape ($53.39) is an easy way to get Ralph’s RRL look. The Southwest and Native American motifs have always been a standby of Lauren’s runway shows — when he’s not going mod, My Fair Lady or Spanish matador — and photos of him lounging at his ranch often show his wife Ricky swathed in rich-hued Navajo blankets. Go for Lauren’s signature, including worn, washed jeans, cozy cable-knit sweaters and preppy-western staples such as flannel shirts and your favorite leather boots. Not one to hang out on a ranch? It’ll look equally as chic in the city with a turtleneck.

Available at ASOS.

Warehouse Animal Cape

Warehouse Animal Cape

For major animal magnetism, we suggest the  Warehouse Animal Cape ($53.39). You already know that we’re loving animal print for fall (for any season, really), so it’s no surprise that we’ve fallen for this cape. It’s got the same easy shape as the last two and it makes the same big statement, but it’s a little easier to wear with the more neutral-leaning print. We love the idea of keeping warm after dark with this cheetah-print cape, so pull it on over a cocktail dress, an LBD or keep it at your side at all times so you can stay stylish and warm no matter what you’ve got on.

Available at ASOS.

Jarlo Kerry Check Cape

Jarlo Kerry Check Cape

Jarlo Kerry, a Brit label started by designer Carly Hallahan, started out as just a stand at Portobello Road. Today, it’s a line that It-girls go to for sweet sun dresses, mod shifts and more. The brand’s Check Cape ($85) is a cape/coat hybrid — a very British shape — that’ll serve you well no matter what side of the Atlantic you’re on. The traditional check will give you a cool, uptown look that’s perfect for ice skating at Rockefeller Center, strolls through Central Park or even the film screenings at L.A.’s Hollywood Forever cemetery. Unlike the other capes we’ve shown, it’s got a more traditional double-breasted silhouette that’ll stay closed and keep you warm no matter where you take it.

Available at ASOS.

Images courtesy ASOS and Dashing Tweeds

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