What comes to mind when you receive a wedding invitation? Sure, you’re happy for the couple but then you think about the money you have to part ways with because 1) red packet and 2) you need a new dress for the occasion.
Well, we can’t help you with the red packet, or the fact that a wedding always guarantees money going out of the window, but what we can help you with is to make sure you look snatched at the occasion. And that means going for something unique, sassy and elegant — and definitely not any old thing off the rack. We’re talking about the cape dress. With a flowy train at the back, it exudes an ethereal vibe that’s also equal parts authoritative and sophisticated. Best of all, these cape dresses can be worn to other social events too, from cocktail to black-tie, depending on the skirt length and what you pair it with.
Scroll through for some of our favourites.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong
Take a look at any Hollywood red carpet event and chances are, you’ll find a celeb wearing an electric blue dress like this one from Unique 21. Why? Not only is the colour flattering to most skin tones, but it’s also graceful as heck.
With its in-your-face feminine ruffles and pastel pink shade, you’re sure to turn heads at any social event for all the right reasons when you wear this piece. All you need is a pair of gold heeld sandals and matching gold minaudière to add a touch of graceful glam to the stunning ensemble.
In a party that’s bound to be filled with girls wearing LBDs, be that babe in this jaw-dropping maxi dress that will give your nosey relatives something to talk about — how good you look.
Are you expecting to bump into your ex at the event? Show them what they’re missing with this so-hot-it-hurts Lavish Alice number that’s equal parts power woman and equal parts feminine, thanks to its blush pink shade. Slip into some killer strappy heels and don’t forget to accent your decolletage and shoulders with highlighter to channel VS model vibes.
The turtleneck and long sleeves might suggest you’re conservative at first glance, but thankfully it’s juxtaposed against a short hem-line that shows off your gams. It’s sophisticated, sensual and deceptively simple. Finish with nude pumps to further lengthen your long legs.
Besides wearing it to attend weddings, this Love, Bonito cape dress can double as a chic work piece. We especially love the interplay between the neutral light grey-brown colour and the tortoiseshell-esque buttons that trace down the front of your body.
Local designer Sabrina Goh has a way of incorporating unique elements to her pieces while keeping it timeless and wearable. We’re especially loving the sporty vibes from this boxy-cut cape dress. Play up the androgynous factor with a pair of chunky sneakers.
Gowns and maxi dresses are not exactly that suitable for a garden or outdoor wedding, unless of course, you’re willing to sit through the ceremony with its train gathering leaves and sweat dripping down your back. We say channel a carefree boho vibe by opting for this Zara mini dress. With its yellow floral accents, relaxed material and light cape sleeves, it’s super comfortable and yet not lacking in the style department.