YES YOU CAN: Carry off a cape

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

I have a massive soft spot for capes – especially the more flamboyant styles that bring a touch of wow to eveningwear. Sometimes considered a little constrictive on the arms, silhouettes have been changed up by designers opting for more fluid and freeing cuts. Look out for weekend-friendly quilted picks and true winter warmers that marry a fringed knitwear feel with a classic cape shape.

How to carry off and wear a cape:

Warm winner: a blanket-style cut to wear out or lounge in. Cape, £168, Reiss.com

Cosy up in quilted

Sporty and chic, meet your country-walk go-to.

Cape, £169, Massimo Dutti

Joggers, £24.99, H&M

Jumper, £299, Jumper1234

Hat, £35, Hush

Socks, £15, Love Yawn

Trainers, £120, All Birds

A cape coat that teams sporty chic with ultra-layering as seen at Louis Vuitton

Make a statement

Need standout clout? Try bold checks and oversized collars.

Cape, £255, Uterque

Rollneck, £89, Karen Millen

Skirt, £138, Reiss

Boots, £145, Erica Davies x John Lewis

Bag, £270, Jasper Conran

Ring, £98, Harris Reed x Missoma

A town and country must-have in classic camel. Cape, £499, Hollandandcooper.com

Do a double take

To elevate eveningwear, go for an elegantly shaped cape.

Cape, £380, Ba-sh

Shirt, £150, LK Bennett

Trousers, £138, Reiss

Bag, £495, Strathberry

Sandals, £49, Next

Earrings, £49, Ania Haie

Bracelet, £29, Ania Haie