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The best cape coats to shop this autumn - inspired by Sienna Miller

These are the cape coats to add to your outerwear collection this season 

Xenia Adonts wearing a cream cape coat
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: 16 October 2023
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When it comes to coat classics, a cape isn't necessarily the first style to spring to mind. Timeless trenches, cool-girl puffers and wash of sumptuous faux fur, sure. But a cape? 

Unless you're super into the quintessentially British countryside ambler look, it's certainly the less obvious choice.

However, this season the cape coat is entering the big leagues, vying for your attention and it has British fashion icon Sienna Miller to thank.

The Anatomy of a Scandal star looked utterly autumn-ready alongside her boyfriend Oli Green at the Haider Ackermann x Augustinus Bader dinner in London recently.

Sienna Miller wearing a chocolate brown poncho-style dress at the Haider Ackermann x Augustinus Bader dinner © Getty
The Alfie actress wore a chocolate brown poncho-style dress by Taller Marmo

Sienna swerved a tightly-woven structural cape in favour of a design with a slouchier appeal, a cosy chocolate brown poncho by partywear label Taller Marmo. Championing one of AW23's hottest hues, Sienna's piece featured an elegant high-necked collar and a soft, drapey silhouette.

Want to take a leaf out of Sienna's style manual? Consider how a cape could transform your outerwear arsenal. Unstructured wool versions can be styled over wool scarves for a calculated layering moment or worn as a dress with bare legs and boots during the ever-tricky transitional dressing period.

How we chose the pieces:

Woman wearing a cape with feather fringing © Getty
For a party season-inspired outerwear moment, choose a cape with feather fringing
  • Style: Naturally, a super flattering cape silhouette is essential. When combing through the internet's top fashion sites for the best styles, we made sure that each of our picks had a certain classic appeal for maximum wearability. 
  • Price: Whether you're planning on splashing out or bagging a bargain, we've got a piece in your price range. We've selected this season's most stylish cape coats, ranging from affordable high street and mid-level brands to luxe designer labels.

Hello! Fashion shares the best cape coats to shop now:

  • Best Capes

    Burberry cape coat

    Contrast Check Wool Cashmere Cape

    Crafted in Scotland from a cosy wool-cashmere blend, this soft, open cape by Burberry pays unapologetic tribute to the brand's rich heritage via its signature check and the logo woven into the interior.

  • The Sienna cape - Fairfax and Favor

    The Sienna

    Fairfax and Favor

    This herringbone wool cape from British luxury label Fairfax and Favor is utterly luxurious. With a removable figure-cinching waist belt and a detachable fur collar, it's going to become your autumn/winter staple outerwear piece for every occasion.

  • Max Mara cape

    Rodano Cape

    Max Mara

    Created from a sumptuous alpaca-cashmere blend, Max Mara's Rodano cape lends itself to a chic autumnal layering moment. Style the relaxed-fit piece over a slim-fit knit and allow the sleek buckle fastenings to take centre stage.

  • Goen.J Cape Coat

    Scarf-neck Whip-stitch Cape


    This charcoal grey cape coat by Goen.J champions the contrast topstitching trend that is dominating outerwear (and denim, for that matter) right now. With an inbuilt scarf, it plays on Toteme's cult design, but the absence of sleeves gives it a more autumnal (over wintry) feel. 

  • Wool zipped cape

    Wool Zipped Cape

    Rick Owens

    Crafted in Italy from 100% virgin wool, this cape by Rick Owens demonstrates the impact of a thoughtful, yet simple, cut. The wool has an element of structure, and yet the fit feels fluid rather than rigid. Style yours with chunky Dad trainers and split-hem jersey flares. 

  • Zara brown poncho

    Open Knit Cape

    This flowy poncho by Zara is less weighty than most of our other choices in this edit, but it deserves a place on account of its breathability. On days when the temperature is warmer than expected, layer this knit over a jersey polo neck and a slouchy denim skirt for maximum cool-girl appeal.

  • Cos cape coat

    Wool-blend Cape

    This minimalist cape-scarf hybrid by Cos feels categorically chic. Created from a wool-lyocell blend, the fit is relaxed enough to layer over a voluminous sleeve shirt and would look great cinched in at the waist with a skinny belt for a touch of silhouette definition. 

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