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Caped Crusader, But Fashion: The Coats You'll Want For A Stylish Sub-Zero Getaway

Drape yourself with this season’s hottest cape coats.

Fun fact: did you know that the history of cape coats goes as far back as to the Middle Ages, before making its return as a fashion object in the 19th century as the “inverness cape”? Initially, the Romans and the Scots used it to keep themselves warm, and as protection against the environment. Over time, this article became a fashion fave, used by women as a stylish piece to disguise their pregnancy during the Victorian era.

Of course, that’s not its purpose now. Still, fashion’s love affair continues because of its timeless elegance and practical purpose — it keeps us snug as a bug and protects us from the elements. Bonus? It allows our arms to peek out just enough to show off our latest knitwear.

Here, we show you some of the best pieces that emerged from the runways. From sleek and structured pieces at Saint Laurent and Alberta Ferretti, to iterations of blankets and drape throw-overs at Isabel Marant and Sacai, there are plenty of ways to pull off this caped crusader style this winter.

Wool and mohair blend cape coat by Antonio Berardi, £1,895 (S$3,373), via Net-a-Porter
This striking red number comes with a wide-neck collar that gives it a bit more flair. For it to truly stand out, pair it with an all white outfit. Wool blend tri-colour cape coat by Chloé, S$4,050, via Farfetch
Give your LBD and sneaker combo a girlish charm when you opt for a simple cape in a camel hue. Checkered cape coat with scallop detail by Red Valentino, S$1,425, via Farfetch
Look like a chic detective in this masculine checkered coat that comes with surprisingly feminine scallop hem details. Roll-neck cape coat by Zara, S$119
You’ll never go wrong with a burgundy cape for the Winter season. Throw this cape over a satin midi dress and a pair of thigh-high leather boots when you head out for dinner during your getaway. Satin-trimmed velvet cape coat by Saint Laurent, £1,985 (S$3,533), via Net-a-Porter
Styled like a black tuxedo jacket, this cape option gives off a luxe vibe with its satin lapel and smooth velvet material. Look awesome by pairing it with slim leather pants. Scarf cape coat with fringe detail by Isabel Marant, US$685 (S$947), via Matchesfashion
If you’re heading somewhere that’s not too cold, such as Hong Kong or Taiwan, pack a lightweight cape like this piece. Its fringe detail adds something extra to your go-to denim look. Velvet hooded cape by F.R.S For Restless Sleepers, S$2,627, via Farfetch
Dress like the royalty with a jewel-toned cape coat. Complete the look by clipping a tiara to the top of your head. Cape coat with scarf detail by Zara, S$199
Dress this brown number with a pair of dark denim jeans and a turtleneck pullover if you want to go casual. Otherwise, change it up by wearing it with a leather shirt and a pair of pinstriped flare trousers for a sharper look. Striped wool-blend cape by Etro, £1,260 (S$2,239), via Net-a-Porter
Bohemian lovers will be interested in this piece that features fringe details at the hem. Pair it with a simple pair of black pants and booties to prevent your outfit from looking too busy. Houndstooth wool blend cape by Dolce & Gabbana, €1,650 (S$2,634), via Mytheresa
Add some prints to spice up a monochromatic outfit by donning this houndstooth wool blend cape. It instantly adds class to your look. Asymmetrical cotton-twill short cape coat by See by Chloé, £440 (S$782), via Net-a-Porter
A cropped cape like this piece makes you look super sassy. Great if you want to flaunt your midi skirt or flare pants. Tartan cape throwover with fringe details by Woolrich, S$132, via Farfetch
A classic black tartan cape is a basic that can be matched with almost anything. Jazz it up with an ecru wool maxi dress, or go casual with a full-denim ensemble. Embellished fringe wool cape with fur stole by Liksa, S$799, via Farfetch
For something a little more formal yet fun, go for a piece that comes with a fur collar. Pair it with a brown midi wool skirt and a pair of knee-high boots. Best of all, it’s super warm and inviting. Checkered tweed cape coat by Vivienne Westwood, US$1,424 (S$1,959), via Matchesfashion
Show your love for all-things English with this checkered tweed cape that reminds us of Sherlock Holmes. Round up the look by wearing a deerstalker. Textured cape coat with detachable fur collar by Zara, S$199
This gorgeous pastel pink cape will make its wearer look both girly and elegant. Dress it with a floral printed dress, a pair of thigh-high socks and low-heeled booties.