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.