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A cape is the only wardrobe essential a mom needs to look stylish all winter long

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Calvin Klein Coat, Houndstooth-Check Cape
Calvin Klein cape, $125, available at Macy's. Phot courtesy of Macy's
Pendleton Hooded Knit Cape, Dillard's
Hooded knit cape, $178, available at Dillard's. Photo courtesy of Dillard's
Spiewak Beaumont Cape SX244W
Spiewak Beaumont cape, $198, available at Amazon. Photo courtesy of Zappos
Neiman Marcus Button Ribbed Wool-Cashmere Cape, Camel
Ribbed wool cape with buttons, $99, available at Last Call by Neiman Marcus. Also in black and grey. Photo courtesy of Last Call by Neiman Marcus
Calvin Klein Coat, Houndstooth-Check Cape
Fur Military Cape, The Gap
Ann Taylor Tie Wool Cape
Pendleton Hooded Knit Cape, Dillard's
Spiewak Beaumont Cape SX244W
Neiman Marcus Button Ribbed Wool-Cashmere Cape, Camel

Editor’s Note: Kristin Hull, our newest CultureMap contributor, is the founder of The Mommy Stylist, a website born out of her love for helping friends with kids figure out what to wear. For CultureMap, she will do what she does best: recommend affordable fashion essentials for moms who don’t want to sacrifice style for their busy lifestyle.

Thank goodness capes are in style again, because they may just be a mom's best friend. Throw one on over almost anything, and your look is instantly transformed from average to awesome.

Even the most casual capes are sophisticated and stylish. Need to drop off the kids at school? Don't change out of that pajama top and those drawstring pants; simply slip on a pair of cute sneakers (I love the ones here by Converse) with a cape, and you'll be the most put-together mom in the parking lot. But what about your hair? Hats, hats, hats. Don't be afraid of them. They'll save you time after time, I promise.

If you dressed down for work thinking you'd be in the office all day and suddenly get called out to a client meeting, have no fear. Keep a basic cape like this one in the office, and wear it to the meeting. You will always look sleek and professional. 

I've scoured the stores and found several capes that meet The Mommy Stylist criteria: functional, versatile, affordable and fashionable. They're not too dressy or too casual (so they can be worn to a basketball game or school holiday concert); they're neutral in color (so they'll work with multiple outfits); they're reasonably priced (so you won't feel guilty spending the money); and, of course, they're stylish (because wearing age-appropriate trends makes you look and feel younger).

Browse the photo gallery to see some of my favorites. Then do yourself a favor and snap one up. A cape will be your new bestie.

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