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Fashion: A lowdown on how to don a cape right

When this chic piece of clothing shone brighter than stars

Every once in a while comes a dramatic piece of clothing that manages to redefine an entire look. This season, the cape seems to be the 'it' thing for B-Town and Hollywood beauties, helping them elevate simplistic looks. A charming alternative to the oft-worn coat, the cape is a smart way of adding a bit of a retro vibe to one's ensemble.

Taking a cue from some gorgeous caped crusaders, hitlist gives you a lowdown on how to don it right.

Huma Qureshi shows us how not to wear a cape. It either goes all the way down, or it's short and covers your shoulders and arms (see JLo). This disproportionate length seems awkward.

Huma Qureshi

Nicole Kidman stepped on to the Met Gala red carpet this year in a gown which spelled dark, edgy elegance. The embellished cape added a certain playful quality to the otherwise basic look. Totally in tandem with the event's theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology; it sought a mix of high end couture with modern machinery in fashion universe.

Nicole Kidman

What her contemporaries failed to do with the caped look in their previous outings, Deepika Padukone managed to pull off quite effortlessly. Keeping every other element of her attire simplistic, she let the embroidered cape and necklace do the talking

Deepika Padukone

A criticism that came Sonam Kapoor's way after her Cannes red carpet outing was that the colour palette was similar to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's. That said, how stunning is that floral Ralph and Russo cape! It has got just the right amount of drama and glamour. Perhaps, only a Sonam could have pulled it off.

Sonam Kapoor

Just about everyone expects Jennifer Lopez to turn up in sequined, figure-hugging numbers. But to our surprise, she showed up for the Golden Globes this year in a breath-taking mustard gown with ox blood lips, a diamond necklace and a cape as the major accessory. There was nothing to fault in her look.

Jennifer Lopez

Capes were a rage in the '70s and they are back with a bang this season. It can give an Indian outfit a modern touch. Deepika Padukone wore it beautifully at a recent awards gala and looked ravishing
– Rocky S

I don't want to brag, but I introduced the cape style at a fashion week in 2010. Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have worn them best. It looks like it's here to stay
– Ken Ferns

Ken Ferns

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