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The most desirable capes of this season

Anamika Khanna (4)Anamika Khanna

Owing to its knack for adding a layer of feminine drama with a sense of comfort has led to the cape garnering cult status in wardrobes the world over. The Indian hybrid too is serving versatility and practicality with a traditional twist. The cape is the trans-seasonal layering piece you absolutely need to invest in. With interpretations in the finest of embroideries, cuts and pairing, Aashni + Co presents a mix of standout and easygoing styles to up your layering game this upcoming festive season.

A pioneer of capes with concept saris and lehengas, Anamika Khanna are a permanent fixture on the red carpet and wedding dance floor. Cape-clad lehenga ensembles (no dupattas, please!) have become a micro-trend over the past few years. Easy-breezy renditions by Ridhi Mehra are a firm favourite—thanks to the wispy fabric and ruffled accents.

Ridhi Mehra (4)Ridhi Mehra

The reason why capes amassed such a large fanbase is that you can avoid lugging around a heavy dupatta when dressed in one. Besides, it adds contemporary flair to your classic look with ease. The short asymmetric cape by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor resembles a super-light stole that you’ll love to include in your rotational wardrobe, while Esha Koul’s floor-length version offers an instant update to an understated bustier.

Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor cape lehengaTamanna Punjabi Kapoor

Esha KoulEsha Koul

Soup by Sougat Paul proves that capes can have staying power in your transitional wardrobe. Boasting a luxe and laidback appeal, a flattering net cape is a safe bet whether you are attending a resort party or summer wedding. Sana Barreja’s monotone cape adds a statement-maker to an old-school sharara. Masaba’s textured capes also have an all-rounder appeal if you’re building a capsule festive wardrobe.

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Sana-Barreja-(2)-(1) (1)Sana Barreja

Masaba (5)Masaba

Torani adds a free-flowing cape to the printed sari creating an outfit that perfectly exhibits both drama and wearability. Here’s a concept sari update that you’ll appreciate during last-minute RSVPs!

Torani sari capeTorani

Those with a penchant for minimalism will appreciate the tailored simplicity rendered by Tarun Tahiliani. Besides, the sleeve-slit cape can serve an alternate look when styled as an open front with a camisole and slim pants.

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Tarun Tahiliani sheer capeTarun Tahiliani

Maximum impact and minimum effort is the key to wear this power dresser. Take cues from Sonakshi Sinha in this all-black floor-grazing cape by Gaurav Gupta that appears to be inspired by Maleficent.

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Shop the collection of statement capes curated by Aashni + Co here