These days most capes fall regally around our waists, showing off their style might with grand silhouettes. But for Spring 2013, Christopher Bailey brought back the cropped look. After all, when your cape is made from shiny silver snake, it would be overkill to have it extend far beyond your shoulders, no? Believe it or not, this Space Age chic design was inspired by the fashion of the ‘40s (if you saw The Great Gatsby, you might have noticed that cropped capes were also popular in the ‘20s). Only instead of a sheer, billowing fabric, Burberry gives us ultra-modern metallic python. Rather than daintily gliding behind you, the piece will sit atop your shoulders like a stylish piece of armor. Pair it with a flowy maxi for contrast, or go full futurama with a short, sleek number. Available on NET-A-PORTER for $4,795.