StylePile Magazine
Trend Alert - Capes
21 Nov 2014

The cold season ahead demands an array of outerwear, but our usual go-to options of coats and jackets tend to hide our outfits rather than enhance it - that’s where the dramatic cape comes in - a chic spin on a winter must have.


The A-line silhouette is as classic as they come, although a tricky piece to style - the new cape is more modern and glamorous with some serious superpowers to transform your look from drab to fab in one swift swoosh.  Whether you want to channel a retro vibe or prefer to add some edge, there is definitely more than one way to make it look sophisticated. We have searched the web for the best of the best capes that will push you to embrace the look with open or should we say  bare arms: 

Mango Cape (Rs. 8990):
This cape in a classic camel hue will bring you one step closer to a style superhero status in a flash. Layer the neutral topper over black separates to keep extra warm on those crisp days. You can even take it to work by pairing it with a white button down, slim trousers and killer booties to polish it off. 

Zara Cape (Rs. 7990):
Prepare to turn heads in this epic black and white blanket cape. Pair your fave jeans and comfy sneaks with it for a simple, but totally trendy look that's perfect for a shopping adventure or coffee with a friend.

Forever 21 Cape (3300 approx):
Balance the billowy-ness of your top half by slipping into a slim pant. We love the idea of teaming this with another plaid piece for a trendy print-on-print look. 

Tweed Cape (Rs. 1899; Snapdeal.com):
An elegant cape like this tweed one imparts a sense of drama while streamlining the entire ensemble. For a fancier vibe pair your cape with a sharp but simple sheath dress and leave it open to show off the dress as well as your toned body. 

Cape (Rs. 8400; Ozel.com):
A cape in one of fall’s favorite color is an excellent alternative to your basic black cover-ups. Give the cape some street cred by wearing it with black skinnies and brogues. For a more immaculate look, we suggest partnering it with a fitted pencil skirt and black turtle neck. A pencil skirt will keep the proportion lean, not bulky.

Benetton Cape (Rs. 2499; Jabong.com):
One of the best things about a cape is that it adds instant polish to even the most casual, thrown-together looks. Upgrade your weekend wear by using your cape as a sophisticated contrast to your distressed boyfriend denims and a cozy pullover. Add-ons like a beanie in a bright color and a pair of heeled ankle booties will further enhance the seasonal feel of the outfit.

Finding the perfect balance of comfort, warmth, and style in Winters is easier said than done - all that layering leaves little room for any fancy accoutrements. But despite all that, there is one necessary but adorable accessory option without which you are never truly dressed up in winters - a cozy scarf.

Whether you tie it around your neck or throw it over your shoulders, scarves help you bring your A game to chilly weather dressing.  In sweet knits, eye-catching patterns and luxe materials - these neck warmers are as toasty as they are trendy.  To help you showcase your wrap skills, we have searched the web for our faves from the floaty and sweet to thick and oversized ones:

Zara Striped Scarf (Rs. 2890):
Scarves are warming more than necks these days - this oversized scarf works more as a handy blanket. We can imagine this vibrant scarf bringing a chic finishing touch to a black leather skirt, an oversized knit and black ankle booties.

Forever 21 Infinity Scarf (Rs. 800 approx):
Like your favorite sweater but wrapped around your neck - this circular, easy-to-wear neck piece adds a roomy, oversize glam to your Winter wardrobe. Its a great option for cold days when you can wear them either long and loose or doubled up around your neck. 

Printed Scarf (Rs. 319; Myntra.com):
Doesn't matter what your'e wearing neck down, an eye catching print like this one will deliver just the right amount to whimsy to your every look.

Mango Plaid Scarf (Rs. 2290):
It's not about the color or the pattern. With this scarf, the statement's in the volume. The classic plaid pattern in an oversized shawl length will add a shot of street style awesomeness to everything  that you wear.

Michael Kors Scarf (Rs. 4990; Elitify.com):
An infinity scarf is a fuss-free yet fresh way to bundle up this season. With its chic snakeskin print, this scarf is glamorous yet not too trendy. Bonus points for its double loop that lets you adjust your coverage : wear it loose on those weirdly warm November days and tighten up for an unexpected gust of wind in the dead of winter.

Printed Scarf (Rs. 799; Koovs.com):
The graphic print on this scarf brings together all the fall colors into one seasonal piece. It’s just enough to add some on-trend edge to a basic jeans sweater outfit. 

The sweater dress is a well-loved winter staple that is equal parts stylish and cozy. Basically a long wrapped up version of your favorite comfy knit - sweater dress is a one piece wonder that flatters very body type. Its an unbelievable wardrobe workhorse - perfect for the mornings when you want just throw on one piece and be done with it.  We have found a few knitted frocks that are comfortable, warm and super adorable:

Forever New Dress (Rs. 4800):
An easy and fuss free silhouette of this dress what the winters call for. Team this thick, waffle-knit piece with textured tights and a hot pair of ankle booties for a casual weekend outing. Make your sweater dress evening-ready with a slick pair of leather bottoms. Slip on a  multi- color jeweled necklace and metallic heels to further the pretty polish.

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):
We love the honeycomb knit pattern on this piece. Give this sweater dress a sophisticated twist with luxe winter add-ons, like a faux fur vest, cognac knee high boots and rich leather tote.

Style & Co Jacquard Dress (Rs. 4990; Elitify.com):
The graphic black and red pattern of this dress has us smitten. Double it up as on oversized top to keep you look corporate and cozy. Add an oversized scarf, a leather jacket and some flats for a chilled out weekend ensemble. 

Elle Wool Dress (Rs. 3499):
Versatlity is the best trait of this sweater dress. Like your bff this dress is up for anything and will take you from a movie night to a swanky evening out on town. Wear it under an on-trend sleeveless blazer or layer a turtle neck underneath - finish of off with a statement necklace and a sturdy black boot for a sophisticated spin

French Connection Dress (Rs. 5999):
We are obsessed with this two tone dress not only for its subtle play on color blocking but also for its dual texture. Wear it over a crisp white shirt, leggings and heels for a sharp take on office wear or dress it down for the weekend with a pair of slip on shoes and a wide brimmed hat.

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1200 approx):
Let your inner flower child shine this winter in a bohemian version of the LBD that best captures the carefree throwback style of the swinging 60’s. Enhance the retro charm with suede ankle boots and a felt hat.

We are happy to report that after a very successful test run last fall, the laid-back sweatshirt culture is alive and kicking this season as well. Cozy and synonymous with lounging around, the new crop of sweatshirts are as chic as they are comfortable. With cool graphic prints and glitzy embellishments, these snug numbers will rival any fancy structured top without sacrificing the comfort level. 

We are also smitten by the easy styling versatility of these luxe sweatshirts - they pair wonderfully well with the super feminine and super not. From quirky to the quaint, from luxe to the lived-in, we have shortlisted our favorite styles that will elevate couch potato chic to new heights:

Zara Jeweled Sweatshirt (Rs. 2890):
Grabbing drinks with your girls? A bejeweled sweatshirt jazzed up with a cool saying is the easiest way to express yourself. Team it with a mini skirt, accent with patent leather loafers, a statement piece of arm candy, and a fiery-red lip that'll pull your getup together.

Benetton Sweatshirt (Rs. 2899; Jabong.com):
This pretty pullover is a true sartorial gem - layer it over a collared button-down and paired with a lace skirt and single-strap heels, it's the epitome of feminine without feeling too prim and proper.

Mango Sweatshirt (Rs. 3990):
Kick up your work wardrobe cool factor by pairing this mohair and leather mix sweatshirt with knee-length, straight-lined pencil skirt - try to use brighter colors and patterns to dial up the whimsy.  Keep it office appropriate and finish the look with sleek pumps.

Forever 21 Sweatshirt (Rs. 1400 approx):
Forever 21 brings your favorite, most comfy sweater reimagined in a street-chic vibe thanks to its lightweight denim construction. Wearing it during the day with jeans and practical ankle boots. Transform the daytime look to an evening appropriate outfit with slick leather pants. 

Vero Moda Sweatshirt (Rs. 3495; Amazon.in):
Take the sweatshirt from gym-time staple to on-trend outfit maker with a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans, rolled just at the ankle to reveal a pair of hot pumps. Swap the jeans for black trousers and a statement necklace for a dressed up evening look.

Bellfield Sweatshirt (Rs. 2900; Koovs.com):
This exotic printed sweatshirt caters to our more playful side. Team it with your favorite skinny jeans and loafers or go adventurous with a printed skater skirt and slip-on sneakers.

Stepping out of the door in pajama's has typically been a sign of 'I have given up on myself!' But off late PJ pants - the epitome of comfy-chic have gotten the fashion community’s thumbs up. The new crop of PJ pants offer a fashionable take on the same easy silhouette of yesterday’s lounge pants. The best way to cash in on the seriously comfy and seriously chic pajama pants look without looking like you overslept is sophisticated styling. Pair them with heels and a deep cut blouse and you’ve got yourself a sexy look. Or add a sweatshirt and slip-on sneakers to get ready for brunch in a snap.

Mango Pants (Rs. 3490):
Simple tailoring balances out a daring, somewhat loud print. Go for a completely polished look by coupling it with a crisp white button-down and black heels or opt for casual styling by adding sneakers and white oversized tee. 

Zara Pajama Trousers (Rs. 3990):
Approachable silhouette of these easy pajama style pants demand a boxy top to create a nonchalant feel. Counter the breezy bottoms with a high heel and a white blazer to make this outfit as well suited for work as for play

Metallic Pants (Rs. 2500; Koovs.com):
These posh PJ pants looks anything but sleepy. With a metallic finish, they pair perfectly against any top. All you need to finish is a great pair of heels and a clutch, and you could stroll right into your next cocktail party in one slick look.

Forever 21 Pants (Rs. 1800 approx):
Earthy neutral tone combined with some bold hardware gives these pants an edgy vibe. Opt for a moto jacket and ankle boots for the ultimate cozy girl outfit. 

Zara Pinstripe Pants (Rs. 2990):
Pinstripes on jogger pants gives power dressing a whole new meaning. Go prim and proper with a sleeveless button down and a structured blazer and remember to keep your shoes high too.

Python Print Pants (Rs. 1250; Faballey.com):
Take  pajama dressing to new heights with the help of a chic tank and pointy heels. Keep the color palette simple — no need to go crazy with color when your pants have such a strong pattern and go sleek with accessories by adding a single long chain pendant. This look could go especially well with a perfectly tailored blazer for an unexpected work outfit or an ultrachic ensemble for a night out with the girls.