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Five of the Best: Cape Dresses

You don’t have to be a superhero to wear a cape…in fact the item itself can come to your fashion rescue when appended to the shoulders of a smart dress. Aside from looking fabulous, they can hide a multitude of sins – especially if you’re not fond of your upper arms. Today, we’re picking out our five favourite currently-available cape dresses.

Self Portrait 3d Floral Cape Dress

3d Floral Cape Dress – £320, Self Portrait

We start with a gorgeous designer piece – this floral cape dress from Self Portrait takes the shape of a classic shift, and is overlaid with floral guipure lace from above the bust to the hem. The top section of the dress has a pale blue mesh overlay, which extends beyond a line of white lace to form a cute cape that reaches just above elbow length. Fastening up at the back with an exposed zip, it has a cream pointed collar.

ASOS T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back

T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back – £22, ASOS

Proving that comfort and style can happily co-exist in one garment, this cape dress by ASOS Collection is made from a black soft knitted fabric with the feel of a T-shirt. The crew-necked dress has long sleeves and a keyhole-shaped cut-out at the back. It’s finished off by a rather dramatic long cape to the back, which has an asymmetric hem and falls to around ankle length at its longest point.

V by Very Frill Cape Dress

Blue Frill Cape Dress – £25 (was £42), V by Very

We love the shiny finish of this blue cape dress from V by Very, which is made from a satin-type fabric in a lovely, almost cobalt, shade. The short dress is finished around the hem with a frilled trim, as is the cape, which falls at elbow length. This gorgeous piece is currently available with for an impressive £17 off its original price tag, so act now if you want to get your hands on this lovely piece in your size.

Chesca Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey

Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey – £192.50, Chesca

Chesca’s silver grey dress takes the form of a standard shift dress but is topped with a rather lovely cape that covers the bodice and has an asymmetric hem, edged with a broad band of sequinned trim in matching silver. The cape, which ends at just above the elbows, has slit detailing at the front of each sleeve, so you can still show off a small section of your arms –  and the hem of the dress itself is knee length.

Gina Bacconi Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress

Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress – £330, Gina Bacconi

We finish with a real beauty – Gina Bacconi has produced a huge range of stunning shift dresses this season, but this black crepe dress is our favourite by some distance. The simply-shaped, fully-lined dress zips with a concealed fastening at the side and is topped with a long floaty mesh cape that’s embroidered all over with a beautiful floral motif design in shades of green, cream, burgundy and grey.

Five of the Best: Sock Boots

Now that we’re well and truly out of autumn, it’s time to get the boots out! It can be a bit of a jump from flip flops to hobnailed stompers so why not aid your transition with a pair of sock boots? At the base they’re boots as you recognise them…but with a flexible foot section – a built-in sock! We’ve picked out our five current favourite pairs.

Fendi Red Sock Nappa Boots
Red Sock Nappa Boots – £780, Fendi

Who knew ankle socks could be so glamorous? The designer end of the trend is represented here by these bright red sock nappa boots from Fendi. Constructed in the main from quality leather, with a pointed toe and stilleto heel, they have two wide ribbed ‘sock’ panels to either side. They’re finished off at the edge with two narrow bands of black, which match perfectly with the soles.

ASOS Evi Heeled Sock Boots

Evi Heeled Sock Boots – £40, ASOS

Add style to your shoe collection and become far more road-safe in these astonishing Evi heeled sock boots by ASOS Collection. This pull-on design has a pointed toe, a 4″-high stilleto heel, and is made from soft fabric with a sheen. If you love the boots but fancy them in an equally vibrant but different non-neon hue, they’re also available in electric blue or shocking pink varieties.

Lost Ink Bubble Heel Sock Ankle Boot - Cream

Grey Ablaze Sock Boots – £85, Office

If bright stiletto heels aren’t really your thing, but you want a bit of this sock boot action for yourself, then we recommend Office’s ablaze sock boots that are made in a pale grey suede-like fabric but with a flexible upper. They have a pointed toe and a zip fastening at the side as well as a medium-height sturdy block heel. They’re also available in black and could be the perfect pair to take you through to winter.

Lost Ink Bubble Heel Sock Ankle Boot in Cream

Bubble Heel Sock Ankle Boot – Cream – Lost Ink – £26.40 (was £48), Lost Ink

We love the cream colourway of these cream ankle boots by Lost Ink – especially the way it contrasts with the gold metallic finish of the bubble heels. The foot of the shoe is made from faux leather with a slight sheen and the pull-on sock section is a perfect match. Currently available with over twenty quid off, this is a perfect way to get your wardrobe autumn-ready at a great price!

Steve Madden Envoke Embroidered Over the Knee Sock Boots in Black

Envoke Embroidered Over the Knee Sock Boots – £120, Steve Madden

You don’t have to limit the look to ankle-height though – if you want to don some truly attention-grabbing autumnal footwear then you really need to get your feet into these Envoke boots from Steve Madden. These over-the-knee beauties are block-heeled, fasten at the back with a zip and are finished at the sides with a beautiful floral design in shades of orange, blue and green.