Would You Join Hollywood's Latest Cape Crusaders?

01/25/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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The ridiculously cold weather in N.Y.C. this week has all the StyleWatch editors reaching for creative ways to keep warm, yet even the most fashion-forward of us have not taken the bold step of topping off our outfits with a cape. After seeing four stars in four days stepping out in these dramatic jackets, however, we’re thinking we may need to get on board this trend train.

First, Leslie Bibb bundled up at Sundance in a buttoned Coach number. Then Sophia Bush was spotted at an Inauguration party in a sweeping Mango cape. Kim Kardashian brought her usual sartorial drama in a cloak draped over her menswear ensemble at Paris Couture Week, and on Wednesday, Zooey Deschanel did her quirky-girl thing in a magenta Corey Lynn Calter creation.

At first we were skeptical of this slightly out-there outerwear, but after seeing these very different interpretations of the look, we’re starting to get the appeal. If you’re going to try the trend, study these stars’ style tips: show off your legs, like Zooey and Leslie, to help define your shape in all that volume, and leave your hair loose to keep the look romantic rather than severe and schoolmarm-y. Then send us a pic of how cute you look, because we may still need a little more convincing. Tell us: Are you into the cape trend?

–Alex Apatoff


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Danielle on

I believe the cape is the solution for camel toe……great idea, .because with the skinny jeans it’s impossible not to have it.

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