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Trends to Take on For Fall: Capes

"Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It's important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we're featuring capes: we love versions that are tailored to unconstructed in outerwear to knitwear fabrics, ones that bring back the influence of these decades in a modern way."

CAPES & CAT: from left to right, Ermanno Scervino's Black Angora Cape is the peacoat/military coat-infused cape, try it with a trim pair of pants and flat boots; L'Agence's Fringed Cape is the desconstructed cape, almost like a throw, try it over a pencil skirt and tall boots; lastly, Carven's Cape Trench offers the 'capelet' effect, and will pair well with pants or a skirt; tote SCOUT's Cool Clutch in Def Leopard.

CAPES & CAMO: from left to right, consider this Moschino Cheap & Chic Knitted Turtleneck Cape the 'fisherman's cape', since it takes its knitwear cues from the classic fisherman's sweater; this Alice by Alice Temperly Black Riviera Cape is no doubt the classic, retro version, wear with black jeans with a cigarette leg for a streamlined, minimalist look; lastly, Wren's Lizzie Cape Coat gives you that funnel-neck trapeze silhouette, the epitome of what 'cape' really entails (pun intended!); tote SCOUT's Cool Clutch in Camo Tow.

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