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Cape Dresses Are In

Amrita Karve

But not because it’s almost Halloween!

We are so delighted by this new trend: capes on dresses (better known as “watteau” in the fashion world” seem to evoke thoughts of Audrey Hepburn floating through at a party in the movie Funny Face or royal affairs. Remarkably, the cape dress can look quite flattering at any height or weight. Taller women could easily try the floor-length cape dress as worn recently by Meghan Markle (Safiyaa) at a state dinner in Fiji, or Kate Middleton (Alexander McQueen) in Norway. Another Safiyaa Cape Dress is still available at Saks in select sizes.

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen and Meghan Markle in Safiyaa

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen and Meghan Markle in Safiyaa

For shorter women, a cocktail length cape dress can be just as magical. Lela Rose always releases gorgeous collection of watteau dresses each season; this year, they come in hues of burgundy, royal blue, and silver. See this review of a Lela Rose Cocktail Dress from one of our reviewers.

Lela Rose Flounce Back Dress

Name: Ranipark

Height: 5'3"; Weight: 104 lbs

Fit rating from 1 (low) to 5 (high): 4

Size purchased: 2

Usual size: 00

SIZING: True To Size


The size I purchased (2) was about two sizes larger than my usual size because a size 0 was not available. I had it altered from a very experienced tailor (because it has boning) and it was absolutely stunning! I wore this to an elegant wedding at the Park Hyatt Hotel in NYC and it was the talk of the evening. Love the quality of this lela rose dress. I bet if I had bought a 0 it would have fit almost perfectly. I will definitely buy Lela Rose dresses again.