Capes get the runway treatment with, from left, furry at Chanel, a capelet at Cynthia Steffe and long and loose at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Photos: Eric Ryan, Getty Images; Jemal Countess, Getty Images for IMG; Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

Capes are flowing this fall, as cool girls are trading in their coats to cloak themselves in styles that range from cropped and fitted to long and loose. And why wouldn't they? All sorts of designers -- Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Steffe, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few -- showed all sorts of cape styles -- military, hippie, preppy, sporty, regal, Russian czarina, snow bunny -- on fall runways.

Shaun Kearney, creative director of Cynthia Steffe, says the cape is a classic fashion item.

"It's good for all body types, in addition to being very warm, and looks very chic when worn with a pared-down silhouette," he tells StyleList.

Gap's poncho style cape can be worn casual or dressy. Photo:

Gap spokesperson Oliva Doyne says the cape is a great finishing touch.

"You can layer it over most tops and it's a thoughtful addition to your look," she tells StyleList. "It's fashionable, versatile and comfortable."

And Sonya Cosentini, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx style expert, says capes are also elegant, sophisticated and can take a look from casual to dressy in an instant.

"Capes are also easy additions to a wardrobe, and, depending on the style, can be worn with many pieces already in a woman's wardrobe -- from leggings and denim to skirts and dresses," she tells StyleList. "They are a great transition piece for the semi-cold, but not yet jacket weather months and offer chic style."

Here are a few tips from our three experts on how to earn style points while rocking a cape this season.

Freshest styles:

- "For this fall's capes, it's all about luxurious fabrics and modern details," Kearney says. "At Cynthia Steffe, we did a cape in chocolate tweed mixed with leather shoulder patches -- tweaking something traditional to make it look fresh and urban."

-"We've been noticing more menswear-inspired capes this fall," Doyne says.

- "This season, we are seeing many variations in lengths, fabrics and cuts," Cosentini says. "You will find styles varying from a jacket-style cape that has more structure to a poncho-style with neck detail and a longer length, or a cape with military influence. Details such as ruffles, faux fur trims and buttons take this season's capes to the next level."

Color stories:

- "The classic look of a neutral-toned cape in a traditional style is always on-trend, however capes will be found in fall seasonal colors such as gray, navy and olive green," Cosentini says.

Dressing for your body type:

- "Shorter women should opt for cropped capelet styles, which are proportionate to their body type," Kearney says. "Taller women should go for length and volume, and larger size girls should go for a streamlined, rather than a voluminous, style. If you pick the right style, a cape can hide a lot of problem areas."

- "For shorter women, a cropped cape is best -- one that brushes the top of the waistband," Doyne says.

- "Pear shapes should try belting their cape at the waist to accentuate their figure, and a petite woman can try a cape in a bold color or pattern," says Cosentini.

Fabrics that flatter:

- "I love when fabrics are mixed together unexpectedly, rather than looking matchy-matchy," Kearney says. "Also, capes that are shorter in front, revealing more leg, and longer in the back are the most flattering."

- "Capes come in all lengths this season, from short and drapey to hip-length and longer, sweeping styles," Cosentini says. "Texture plays a huge role in capes for fall and winter with wool being the most common fabric used, however we will see the use of silk, velvet, tweed and faux fur."

What to wear it with:

- "Capes work best with slim bottoms, like leggings, skinny jeans and pencil skirts," Doyne says. "I also like to give the look some height with a heel or boot."

- "For a classic cape style, try skinny pants, narrowly tailored pants or even a pencil skirt to add some structure under the flowy cape," Cosentini advises. "A jacket-style cape can be perfect over a dress or skirt."

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