If you’ve opened a fashion magazine or spent time in a woman’s retail store lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the cozy capes, ponchos, and huge blanket scarves. Can you imagine a better trend to get wrapped up in this fall? I know my inner five-year-old is rejoicing that it’s finally acceptable to wear a blanket in public. They’re versatile, warm, comfortable, and can be effortlessly chic. There’s one dilemma that I’ve been hearing from women time and time again about this drapey trend: “I can’t wear those because it’s too much fabric and looks bulky on me”. This is a logical concern; none of us want to add any extra bulkiness onto our bodies! Luckily, there are a few simple styling tips and tricks that can make capes, ponchos, and blanket scarves work for any body type during the chilly fall and winter months! Who would want to miss out on the coziest trend of the year?
1.) Start with a Simple Silhouette: One of the most important tips to making this trend work is starting with a simple and streamline base. This means you want to shy away from layering a big cape or blanket over a super blousey or oversized top, wide legged pants, a long full skirt, or shift dress. To avoid looking like a tent, drape one of these blanket pieces over an outfit that fits closer to your body: skinny jeans with a semi-fitted sweater, a sweater dress with tights and tall boots, or leggings and booties.
2.) Belt It: If you still feel like your figure is getting lost under the blanket or cape, you need to embrace the beauty of belting! This is a simple styling trick that can make a dramatic difference. I’ve notice some blanket pieces come with drawstrings attached that you can wrap and tie around your waist, but using a belt you already own is just as easy! Be sure to choose a belt that coordinates with the colors in the blanket or cape you’re pairing it with. Cinch the belt around the smallest part of your natural waist (right under the rib cage). Depending on the blanket you’re using, you can either have all of it tucked into the belt, or leave the back left out for a true ‘cape’ look. I’ll add an example of each way below!
3.) The Cape Coat: Of course one of the easiest ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe this season is to find a coat that has the cape silhouette built in. A cape coat is a chic investment piece that you’ll wear for seasons to come (think of it like a classic peacoat with a twist). Like any coat, they come in an array of styles and colors, so find the one that’s most versatile for your wardrobe!
4.) Wrap It Up or Let It Flow: Depending on the size of your blanket scarf, there can be a ton of ways to tie it around your neck. The key here is not to shy away from the volume! The fullness of the blanket scarf is what separates it from other scarves and trends. You can just throw one side over a shoulder for a really effortless look. If it’s a larger blanket, try folding it in half and crossing both ends behind your neck. To achieve the perfect full look, it often requires some fluffing and pulling with your fingers. Don’t be afraid to play with it a bit! Of course, you can simply drape the blanket across your shoulders, and let it flow!
Here at Annie Heyward Styling, we practice what we preach! At an event this Monday, I was getting lost in this aztec cape (from Femme Boutique in St.Louis), so Annie belted it around my waist!
I hope this gives you some ideas for snuggling up in style as the temperatures drop!