Over the past few weeks I have seen more and more women wearing their jackets as capes. Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow wore her famous Tom Ford cape to the Oscars last year this look has become increasingly popular.

The jacket over shoulders look was present on the Fall runways as well with Hermes showing it in their collection, while Victoria Beckham designed a jacket that looks very much like a cape.


Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook recently sported one as well as Nina Garcia.

Jeannie Mai also wore her jacket this way during Singapore’s recent fashion week. And not just temporarily as you may expect. No, she wore it the whole evening even presenting a whole show segment with the jacket draped over her shoulders.

I’m not sure how I feel about this look. It does not look that comfortable to me and to me it looks a bit ‘temporary’. At the same time it looks relaxed / sporty and modern. I’d like to hear and see what you think of it!

Translate the look!

So why not make it the challenge for this week? Let’s try and translate the above looks and wear our jackets as capes. If this is not your thing, perhaps try it for 15 minutes  or so, take a photo and see how it feels. Of course you are free to wear your jacket the normal way the rest of the day.

But who knows? Perhaps it feels and looks great. Fashion is all about having fun and trying out new things, so it think it will be great fun to give this look a try.

How to translate  this look

  • Pick any jacket and wear it as a cape over your top
  • You can also pick a cardigan if that appeals to you more
  • You can stick to the black and white looks as shown above, but you can also use any other color combinations.
  • If you have a ‘real’ cape, then by all means wear that!

Of course I will join in this challenge as well and report back to you what this new-to-me look felt like.

What do you think about this look? Are you going to give it a go?



Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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