The beauty of a cape is that they’re actually a simple way to make it look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you really did. In fact, the classic outfit formula of your favorite black sweater, a pair of skinny jeans, and ankle boots is the perfect backdrop to let a cape act as a statement piece. Capes can take many different forms, from coats, to scarves, and even blazer-hybrids, but the one thing they all have in common is an easy, draped silhouette.
Whether your cape-spiration is more chic and sophisticated like Gossip Girl or you decide to go a little more literal and dark (hello, Harry Potter) there are always some great style options in the shops once winter rolls around. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up 21 of our favorite capes that you can shop right now to create the seemingly effortless winter look that is both cozy and Instagram-worthy.