How to Style Cape Dress: 15 Amazing Outfit Ideas

Are you looking for a beautiful dress for your next cocktail party or even formal event? If you are bored with all those fancy dresses or sexy dresses that you see everywhere in cocktail parties, you will probably like what I am going to talk about today, the cape dress, something that is unique and beautiful. The coolest and most obvious feature of a cape dress is the fact the cape dress covers up your arms without actually having sleeves. To show you how to style it, I have collected some really nice cape dress outfit ideas and I am going to show you now.

Black Cape Shift Mini Dress with Strappy Heels


A cape dress is something that is very unique and beautiful in its own right. To build a great looking outfit around it, you really don’t need to complicate things at all. Simply wear it a beautiful pair of shoes and optionally a necklace. As an example, you can wear a black cape shift dress with a pair of black strappy heels to form a simple yet classy look.

Navy Cape Sheath Midi Dress

navy cape sheath midi dress

For a slightly more casual look, you may want to choose a cape dress that has the fold-shoulder cutting. For example, here is a navy cape midi dress that looks beautiful and casual. Simply pair it with pale pink ankle strap open toe heels to complete the outfit in a feminine way.

White Cape Shift Dress with Pale Pink Heels

white cape shift dress pale pink heels

If you want to look beautiful and stand out from the rest in a cocktail party, you can either wear something very sexy and fancy, or you can counter-intuitively wear something refreshing. For example, you can wear a white cape shift mini dress with pale pink heels to form a feminine and refreshing outfit.

Blush Pink Lace Mermaid Dress

blush pink lace mermaid dress

As you have seen from the previous outfits, it is very natural for fashion designers to turn a cape into a mini or knee length cape dress. It is not as intuitive to have a maxi cape dress, but having said that, this particular blush pink lace mermaid dress is a rare and beautiful exception. Simply pair it with silver ankle strap open toe heels to complete the outfit.

Black Semi-Sheer V Neck Cape Mini Dress

black semi sheer v neck cape mini dress

If you are familiar with cocktail dresses, you should already know that the fabric or the texture of the dress does make a lot of difference. For example, if you want to look feminine and elegant, a good bet would be to wear a black chiffon v neck mini cape dress. Pair them with black suede strappy ballet heels to add an extra elegant touch.

Royal Blue Cold Shoulder Dress

royal blue cold shoulder dress

For those of you who go to cocktail parties a lot, it is much more fun to have a variety of styles instead of simply sticking to the same black cocktail dress every single time, even if the black dress look great on you. Here is a cocktail dress that look really bright and it should create a new style for you. It is a royal blue cold shoulder cape dress. You can simply pair it with white heels to complete this eye catching outfit.

Navy Deep V Neck Wrap Cape Mini Dress

navy deep v neck wrap cape mini dress

Here is a more mature look. At first glance, it is also like you are wearing a navy suit. It is actually a very classy and elegant navy cape mini wrap dress. You can simply pair it with black ankle strap open toe heels to complete the outfit in a simple and elegant way.

Red Cape Shift Dress with Black Ballet Heels

red cape shift dress black ballet heels

Looking minimal or simple doesn’t mean you can’t be eye catching. One way to really shine among others is to wear something bright, like this bright red shift cape dress. You can simply wear it with a pair of black ballet heels and a statement necklace to complete this minimal and attractive look.

Blue Mini Dress with Strappy Open Toe Heels

blue mini dress strappy open toe heels

Sometimes, the subtle difference between a decent outfit and a good outfit lays under some subtle details. One detail that you have to look at is how the shoes are paired with the dress. As a good example of wearing the right shoes, a pair of blue strappy heels is chosen to pair with a blue mini cape shift dress.

White Chiffon Pleated Maxi Dress with Silver Sequin Details

white chiffon pleated maxi dress silver sequin details

Although this white chiffon pleated maxi dress is probably not formal enough to be worn as a formal wedding dress, it should be perfect for wedding photoshoot. The dress comes with some silver sequin details that make it more elegant and attractive. Simply pair the dress with silver open toe heels and you are ready to have some great pictures taken.

Brown Belted Semi-Sheer Cape Dress

brown belted semi sheer cape dress

This is a rare two-layered cape mini dress that looks deep and mature. In details, it is a brown belted cape dress, with its outer layer being a sheer mesh overlay. You can simply pair it with pale pink open toe heels to complete this unique and beautiful outfit.

Grey Mock Neck Cape Midi Dress with White Heels

grey mock neck cape midi dress white heels

Although many dresses with very similar cutting to this particular grey dress has been mentioned already, the use of colors for this outfit really make this outfit stand out from the rest. For this outfit, the grey cape dress is paired with white heels and a pale pink leather clutch bag to achieve a refreshing and minimal look.

White Lace Cape Boydcon Midi Dress

white lace cape bodycon midi dress

This dress is also a two-layered dress, with the inner layer being a mini white dress and the outer one being a lace cape semi-sheer dress. You can simply pair this lovely dress with wide heeled sandals to complete the outfit.

Neon Pink Cape Dress

neon pink cape dress

To achieve an eye catching look, one of the easiest ways would be to wearing something shocking pink. For example, you can wear this shocking pink dress with pale pink pointed toe heels to look feminine and lovely.

White and Blue Floral Printed Cape Dress

white and blue floral printed cape dress

To look elegant and refreshing, you can try this white and blue floral cape mini dress. Pair them with white ankle strap open toe heels to keep the color tone light and keep the refreshing feel of the outfit consistent.

I hope you find these cape dress outfit ideas I have just mentioned above useful. If you like these ideas, the best thing you can do is to imitate these outfits, and then progressively tweak things here and there to make these cool ideas your own.