When delving into the January sales, sometimes it pays to buy ‘out of season’, grabbing bright party dresses or end-of-line swimwear to stash away until your next summer hols.

But when it comes to this year’s outerwear offerings, there’s a certain type of coat that you should be making a beeline for – and it’s not actually a coat at all.

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Capes were big news on the autumn/winter catwalks but we’ve yet to reach Peak Cape on the high street (the puffer has dominated thus far). So if you snap one up now in the sales, you’ll be both on trend and ahead of the curve – what’s not to love? 

According to designers, there are two ways to be a caped crusader.

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There’s the structured, formal style, as seen at Erdem (brocade capes), Loewe (trench capes) and Saint Laurent (thick black wool capes). If you tend to favour tailored coats, dresses, and heels, this kind of cape will slot right into your winter wardrobe. 

Then there’s the softly-softly approach: The snuggly blanket wraps seen at Roksanda, Gucci, and McQueen.

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In check or block prints and with fringed or faux fur trims, these capes can be dressed up for evening or thrown over jeans and boots on a chilly day. 

One thing’s for certain – capes and backpacks do not mix, so athleisure lovers need not apply.

A cross-body or top handle handbag works best – and don’t forget your gloves. 

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Another advantage? With many capes (particularly buttonless wraps) coming in just one size, it’s easier to find one you like in the sales because you don’t have to worry about having to hunt for your exact size.

And as it happens, lots of our high-street favourites are now heavily discounted. Here’s our pick of the cape crop…

ZARA
ZARA 

Zara Cape with Faux Fur Collar, currently reduced to €69.99 (was €99.95)

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Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins Check And Stripe Cape, €42.00

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ASOS DESIGN

ASOS DESIGN formal check cape, currently reduced to €71.89 (was €89.86)

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QUIZ

Quiz Grey and black knit buckle batwing cape, € 42.00 in Debenhams

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