IN&OUTTONIGHT Londonis becoming thenew capetown stick to a military-style cape. Opt for navy blue or black, with double- breasted buttons and preferably some kind of tie-waist to empha- sise your shape. We think the DKNY wool blend cape (495, net-a-porter.com) ticks all the boxes, thanks to its pea coat-style front and Caped Crusader back. It also has handy pockets, cute brass but- tons and plenty of room for arms to escape for either handbag holding, or for general tasks that can be troublesome without proper sleeves. If youre on a budget check out asos.coms black high- neck military cape with shiny gold buttons (32). Brilliant for experimenting with the look without making a huge investment, its a compact cape that is easy to style. More adventurous capes can be found at Hobbs in its NW3 collec- tion -- we love the great heritage-style mustard and peacock tartan check cape, and the gorgeous deep raspberry pink brushed mohair style with shiny buttons (each 249). Also try Walliss eye-popping lime green belted cape (65), fun but flattering thanks to the belted waist and wide collar. It is also available in pale grey. So whichever camp you are in, there is no denying that capes are crusading for- ward in style this season. C APES ARE like the Marmite of the fashion world, you either love them or hate them. They are perfect for making a style statement, but those armless cover-ups can be tricky to pull off as a look. They throw up all sorts of issues: Where should your handbag go? Should your arms be left in or poke out? And with all that excess fabric, will you look swamped? But if you are com- fortable with the prac- t i c a l i t i e s o f c a p e wearing, they are a great alternative to your winter coat, and offer a quirky edge. Weve spotted Liv Tyler in a cool, black, voluminous knitted style with vintage-look gold buttons, Lily Allen in a similarly slouchy, charcoal grey knitted cape and Fearne Cotton has been snapped in a simple black belted style, as well as a red tartan mini-cape. If you are inspired by these stylish celebs, but are con- cerned by any of the above issues, then go classic and 26 Thursday, 5 November 2009 London Lite FASHION SPY By Louise Roe SIXSUPER sweater dresses BY REBECCA BOYCE Caped crusader: Lady GaGa stands out in a yellow cape I VE always been a bit on the fence about Herv Lger bandage dresses. Unless you have the tiny Barbie waist of Cheryl Cole, they can look tacky. Then yesterday, I tried one on (or a high-waisted skirt actually, a cheaper version by the same designer for his BCBG range), and it actually works! I felt like Id had lipo, those things are genius for sucking you in. I paired it with an Eighties-style, one-shoulder silver top (very Flashdance) and headed to the Hollywood Hills for the launch of Jimmy Choos range for H&M. A celeb crew including Paris Hilton, Sheryl STREETSTYLEInassociationwithSpecsavers PURPLE 90, French Connection ROCK AND ROLL 20, New Look LEOPARD PRINT 55, Oasis FUCHSIA 235, McQ by Alexander McQueen at matches fashion.com SEQUIN 695, Temperley London at net-a-porter. com FEATHER PRINT 50, Topshop Thequirkywaytocoverup index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html