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Caped crusaders: How this timeless classic can transform your autumn wardrobe

Capes have a long history, from the Romans to Burberry, via Mary Quant. Prudence Wade takes a look at the swishest new styles

V by Very Plain Tassel Wrap in Grey, £20

INSTEAD of moping over the end of summer, cheer yourself up by adding a bit of autumnal drama into your wardrobe. And what better way to do so than with a cape?

Capes are the perfect option for in-between weather – they drape over the shoulders and can be adjusted according to temperature.

Like any other trend, the style has fluctuated in and out of fashion – and this autumn, it's set to be one of the biggest trends in outerwear. Other than the odd Burberry poncho, capes haven't been hugely popular in fashion outside of formalwear: until now.

This season's autumn/winter catwalks were full of cloaks, showing just how many ways they can be worn with inspirations plucked from different eras. Here's our pick of what's available on the high street...

CHECK PATTERNS

:: River Island Black Mono Check Cape Jacket, £68

:: Joe Browns Hawthorn Tweedy Poncho, £45

:: Wallis Grey Check Print Cape, £35

CLASSIC CAMEL

:: Max Mara Nome Cape, £370, Matches Fashion

:: River Island Cream Blocked Contrast Cape, £68

:: V by Very Colour Block Lightweight Knit Wrap, £22, Very

UTILITY

:: Zara Water-Repellent Cape in Dark Beige, £59.99

GREY

:: V by Very Plain Tassel Lightweight Knit Wrap in Grey, £20, Very

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