In the past, capes were used as practical apparel to protect the wealthy from the worst of nature, such as stinging winds and freezing temperatures. Because of their ties to the royal family, they have also long held an aspirational appeal. Capes were eventually supplanted by the more useful coat and jacket. However, capes are not only a visual treasure trove, but they also serve a practical purpose by offering a great way to remain warm while looking chic. Given the wide variations in cut, colour, length and material, they make a great vehicle for personal expression. Capes provide any ensemble with the extra flair, drama and theatrics that instantly give any clothing a touch of majesty. And fortunately for us, capes are in right now.