PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH
Right now, it's the perfect weather for capes: cool enough to require a lightweight jacket, but not yet chilly enough to demand a full-on winter coat. I'm making the most of this window of opportunity and wearing one of my wardrobe's key pieces as much as possible.
The latest addition to my cape collection (click here and here to see my other favourites) is this leather-trimmed one by 2nd Day, which I chose as part of my high-street edit for ELLE's October Style for Less supplement. I love the clean lines and simple-yet-striking design.
When wearing a cape, you have to balance your silhouette – the cape's triangular shape demands a slimline bottom half – so I've kept the rest of my outfit relatively plain with a LBD that matches the length of the cape and pointelle tights (£6.99 from H&M).
This all-black ensemble offsets my Michael Kors rose-gold watch perfectly, too. Sometimes, you just can't beat the magic of black.
So, this is what I wore to work today:
2nd Day cape
Marks & Spencer shoes
Michael Kors watch
See ELLEuk.com's What ELLE Wears blog for more autumnal inspiration.