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Cape it up!

The fairytale garment of the 60s, the cape should be back in your cupboard.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 28, 2010 01:05 IST
Roma Arora

From voluminous capes to short-fitted shrug styles and flowing knee-lengths trend to over-sized ankle sweeping glory, divas across the world are covering up with the cape.

Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Keira Knightley have been seen wrapped in it, and back home, designers such as Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna and Varun Bahl are busy giving it a fusion twist.

"The glamourous capes are back. Additions like frills, fur detailing, ruffles and crystals will make the trend more interesting," says designer Manish Malhotra.

Once upon a time...
Capes, used to describe any sleeveless outer garment, such as a poncho, were common in medieval Europe. Women used to wear capes with full-length evening dresses as a fashion statement, and also to protect the fabric of their evening wear.

And now...
You can choose from the poncho style, or a smart razor cut with layers and bell sleeves, the classic button-front military look or cape jackets featuring both arm sleeves and slits at the side. Should you be a certain body type to carry it off? "The cape looks best on slim to medium body types,” says designer Raakesh Agarvwal, adding that it is best paired with trousers, leggings, pencil skirts and jeans. "Solid colours like black, grey and blue are classics, but purple and checks are going to revisit cape jackets," says stylist Vikram Seth.

Ethnic experiment
Tired of all things tried and tested? Pair up saris with a short-fitted cape jacket, or a traditional skirt with a fluffy knee-length shouldered cape, if not a hand-embroidered velvet cape blouse with a lehenga. The crocheted cape with churidaar is another option. "The textured cape goes very well with saris and churidaars. Add to it a trendy chain or a brooch and chandelier earrings," suggests designer Mandira Wirk.

Top Heavy: Those who’re top-heavy should avoid flowing styles which have swathes of fabric falling from the bustline, making you look way bulkier than you may be. Go for more fitted versions of capes with pencil skirts or slim trousers.

Pear Shaped: Women with a pear-shaped body should club short capes with slimline pants and accessorise with a broad belt to add drama.

Broad bodied: Women with larger frames should opt for thigh-length cape jackets and wear it with wide-legged trousers for a chic look.