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Say Goodbye To The Cold Shoulder With This '60s-Inspired Party Dress

No more awkward cover-ups.

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As the summer winds down, we're looking for stylish ways to transition into chillier weather, which can be a particular problem when it comes to outdoor evening events because no one wants to hide their party dress under a cover-up that doesn't quite go. With the recent surge of popularity in vintage apparel (thanks, Gucci), you can find a solution sourced from the truly groovy decade of the '60s. While you usually conjure images of flower children adorned with tie-dye shirts, bell bottoms and fringe, the '60s had a more demure, modest side that produced the understated, yet elegant, cape dress.

Normally cape or caplet dresses abound when it comes to wedding wear, but we think these frocks are a perfect addition to your everyday summer-to-fall wardrobe. The style is defined by the extra fabric covering your shoulders and, sometimes, chest. The cape is normally the same fabric as the dress and attached as part of the design, as opposed to an additional, detachable piece lying over the top that errs on the super she-ro. The built-in shoulder flaps work double-duty by emphasizing a delicate upper body silhouette and keeping the chill off. And wearing a cape dress for a late summer night out guarantees that you won't have decide between holding your jacket or your cocktail. 

A vintage style for the modern closet, the cape dress looks up-to-date with trendy block-colored heel mules worn for drinks with friends, or a statement stiletto for formal functions. Go ahead and splurge on an authentic piece from your favorite online vintage stores as this dress is sure to keep making waves for another 50 years to come.

Get your transitional evening closet in shape with a cape dress from our selections below:
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River Island Dark Yellow Cape Tea Dress - $80
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Queen Bee Maternity Shift Dress With Chiffon Waterfall Cape Detail - $67
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ASOS Petite Cape Back Mini Shift Dress - $51
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Ginger Fizz Cape Detail Maxi Dress - $87
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John Zack Plus Lace Midi Dress With Cape Detail - $76
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Boutique Frey Embroidered Cape Maxi Dress - $70
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Boohoo Plus Georgina Cape Wrap Front Maxi Dress - $44
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Hollie Chiffon Cape Detail Maxi Dress - $50
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Topshop Lace Cape Skater Dress - $85
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Self-Portrait Floral Vine Cape Minidress - $545
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BB Dakota Lace Capelet Dress - $66
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City Chic Belted Capelet Dress (Plus Size) - $89
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Tahari Capelet Shift Dress - $168
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Anna Sui Choose Your Catwalk Maxi Dress - $630
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Jessica Howard Floral-Burnout Capelet Dress - $109
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Adriana Papell Embellished Popover Capelet Gown - $369
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Xscape Plus Size Beaded Chiffon Capelet Dress - $199
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MSMG Floral Print Cape Dress - $378
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Eloquii Button Detail Cape Dress - $130
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Free People Dark Star Mini Dress - $70
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