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When it comes to outerwear, nothing brings more drama than a cape (though its younger, more laid-back cousin, the poncho, comes close). And while the style set makes them look like a cinch to pull off, we all know there’s a serious risk of Count Dracula vibes involved. To that end, we’ve rounded up photos of 10 women nailing the look to inspire you to try one for yourself.

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1. Wearing one color head to toe (especially winter white) always looks chic.

 

2. Longer, flowy styles make the perfect counterpoint to mini skirts and tall boots.

 

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3. A cape suit—genius!

 

4. Go casual, like a simple top and white jeans, to offset the eccentricity of a black floor-length number.

 

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5. Worried about losing your waist? Just throw on a belt wide enough to stand up to all the volume.

 

6. Yes, this is technically a poncho, but it’s no less sweeping with its Southwestern motif. Pair it with cropped leather pants and pointy-toe flats to keep it modern.

 

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7. Shoulder bags will slip off, so clutch ’em by the straps instead (a move seen on the spring runways, by the way).

 

8. A graphic logo becomes the focus when styled with all black.

 

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9. Go monochrome with denim for a relaxed yet pulled-together outfit.

 

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10. Yes, capes can actually look sexy—just finish off the outfit with over-the-knee suede boots.

 

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