Cape vs Poncho – whose team are you on?

Here in the Snap Fashion office we’re having a debate – capes or ponchos.  Which is your choice for keeping cosy this Autumn?

TEAM CAPE – Jenny, Founder of Snap

For some reason I was drawn to capes this year, with their warm yet stylish charm.  And it seems that I’m not alone.  Many a celebrity has been spotted sporting a stylish cape.  Leighton Meester (aka Blair Wardorf) brings the cape to the Upper East Side, proving that it’s not just for super heros, but for super cute winter wear that can take you right through to Spring.

Blair Waldorf Cape

We'd do anything for this pea green cape!

If you’ve got the same budget at Blair Wardorf we’ve found a beautiful cape on Net-A-Porter.  Made of leather with shearling trim and lining, it’s bang on trend for this AW season.  It’s designed by Zero+MariaCornejo and is £2,635 – so worth it!

Net a Porter Cape

This cape is our lust-have

If you’re like us and don’t quite have that budget, no need to fear.  I myself have just invested in a cape (to the despair of our poncho-loving editor) for a bargainous £35 from Tesco.  It’s super-soft and has expensive looking duffle detailing.  You have to move fast though – they’re selling like hotcakes and most sizes have already sold out on the website.

Tesco cape

Only £35 - this is our bargain cape of the season!

Another celebrity fan of the cape is Rachel Bilson.  I’ve always admired her style, from her days in The OC to generally looking casual yet chic in LA, and she definitely knows how to rock the common cape.  This one is allegedly from Topshop, but if you’re looking for one this season, Dorothy Perkins has some fantastic styles too at affordable prices.

Rachel Bilson cape

Great look teaming the cape with skinny jeans and warm winter boots!

Our final celebrity cape champion is Fearne Cotton.  The humble cape features no less than 4 times in her new collection for Very.  We love this Sherlock-Holmes style number.

Fearne Cape

Elementary, Cotton.

So show your allegiance to Team Cape – embrace the cold weather, grab a soft yet stylish winter warmer and show those poncho followers what you’re made of.

TEAM PONCHO – Sarah, editor of Snap

Yawn! When I think of capes I think Sherlock Holmes or Superman – neither of them bad but both playing by the rules, whereas the poncho/blanket wrap coat is for free sprits- those who tear up the rulebook, look cool but keep cosy. Think 60s festival wear, Kate Moss and in true Gossip Girl style, Serena instead of prim-and-proper Blair.

Blake Lively nails navajo in a beautiful poncho!

Kate Moss chose a poncho for her hen night at the V Festival

Unlike the cape, the open poncho is incredibly versatile -handy for negotiating the perils of British weather – and can be belted up to make it super cosy or just thrown on for sunnier days  – loads more options for styling fun!

It’s also a really easy way of tapping into the Navajo trend and looks amazing with skinny jeans or shorts. It can be dressed down with ethnic-style jewellery and a tasselled bag for a festival-friendly look or cinched in at the waist and paired with smart leather heeled boots for a more polished style that still screams – it’s the weekend and I want to chill out and have fun!

Yummier than chocolate - Aztec blanket from Topshop £36

Poncho lust! Wear with floppy hat for 70s chic - Le Mont St Michel Fringed Wool Poncho with Pockets £190 from ASOS

Superb belting action - lots more outfit options and guaranteed to fit!

My poncho! Worn by someone else v expertly! Will swap shorts for jeans and add chelsea boots for cold weather.

Seriously, are you still on team cape?

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