Celebrity Style: 6 Chic Ways to Wear a White Cape Dress

The white cape dress made a groundbreaking appearance in 2012 on the svelte body of the stunning Gwyneth Paltrow, and it has been resurfacing both on an off of the red carpet ever since. Solange Knowles even went with one of the unique cape designs for her wedding dress last year; a decision that showered her in compliments for her creativity and fashion risk-taking.

Even before Gwyneth Paltrow brought the trend to the red carpet, the perpetually-stylish Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing a short white cape dress for an event back in 2009. It seems that despite the unique and bold design, the white cape dress is a trend that’s sticking around. While celebrities often find a way to look sleek and elegant in this style of dress, there have also been an unfortunate few circumstances where the style did nothing but disappoint. We’ve rounded up various white cape dress wearers over the past few years to ask you this question: who wore it better?

1. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 26, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 26, 2012Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 26, 2012

Touted as one of the best red carpet looks, the 42-year-old’s caped outfit at the Oscars in 2012 is forever etched in every fashion critic’s memory. She looked timeless and classic in this piece with a detachable cape, and her hair and makeup was just as laudable.

2. Nicole Richie in H&M and Tadashi Shoji (Full Story)

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Nicole Richie at the Baby2Baby Gala presented by Tiffany & Co. in Los Angeles, California on November 8, 2014Nicole Richie at the Baby2Baby Gala presented by Tiffany & Co. in Los Angeles, California on November 8, 2014

The 33-year-old petite mom mixed street style with high fashion for this look. Her H&M dress hugged her figure well and her Tadashi Shoji cape added a sophisticated edge.

3. Sienna Miller pulled a Gwyneth Paltrow

Sienna Miller at The Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman’s Reception in Hapton on October 6, 2012

Sienna Miller at The Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman’s Reception in Hapton on October 6, 2012Sienna Miller at The Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman’s Reception in Hapton on October 6, 2012

When the ‘G.I. Joe’ actress showed up at the event wearing this caped dress, everyone compared her to Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore a similar look earlier that year. Unfortunately, we think Gwyneth has her beat here, as Sienna looked a tad frumpy and washed out in this dress.

4. Kim Kardashian in a White Caped Fitted Dress (Full Story)

A pregnant Kim Kardashian arrives at Naimie’s Beauty Centre for cosmetics. Kim’s feet are visibly swollen as she struts around in heels in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2013A pregnant Kim Kardashian arrives at Naimie’s Beauty Centre for cosmetics. Kim’s feet are visibly swollen as she struts around in heels in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2013

Swollen feet aside, we think the reality star looked great in this look. For starters, there aren’t many people who can successfully pull off wearing a body con dress during their last trimester of pregnancy. And adding a cape to the mix? Risky and well-played, Kim.

5. Laura Whitmore Dressed up in Rare London Frock

Laura Whitmore at the U.K. premiere of ‘What If’ held at the Odeon West End in London on August 12, 2014Laura Whitmore at the U.K. premiere of ‘What If’ held at the Odeon West End in London on August 12, 2014

The TV presenter was pristine in this white dress with a flowy cape from the brand Rare London. She kept the color palette understated in her pair of DVF Bethany Nude Patent Pumps.

6. Kate Hudson in Shiny Atelier Versace Gown

Kate Hudson at the 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2014Kate Hudson at the 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2014

The actress showed some serious curves in this cleavage-baring gown. We think the swooping cape added a classic touch to her elegant and shimmery ensemble.

What do you think? Which of these ladies looked better in their cape dresses?

If you’re interested in giving this style a go, try this one from Nastygal:

Catherine Cape Dress in IvoryCatherine Cape Dress in Ivory, $88.00

Or, if you simply want to join in on the caped dress bandwagon but don’t care much for white, here are some fun, non-white options:

1. re:named Woven Cape Dress, $60.00

re named Woven Cape Dress

2. Osman Crepe Dress, $1,509.15

Osman Crepe Dress

3. Valentino Multicolor Foulard Print Crepe de Chine Half Cape Dress, $4,490.00

Valentino Multicolor Foulard Print Crepe de Chine Half Cape Dress

Credit: WENN/ Adriana M. Barraza/ FayesVision/ Rob Rich/ Michael Carpenter/ Future Image/ Lexie Appleby/ Lia Toby

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