Can you get capes in Skyrim?

As stated above, no. Not officially at least. If you are playing on a PC, there are a plethora of mods you can use to adorn your character in a cape, but console players are stuck without them. Although I’ve never seen any official developer commentary on the matter, it is widely speculated that they simply create too many rendering and clipping issues when combined with all the other cosmetically visible items a player can equip.

Hopefully in the near future, advancements in graphical technology can easily circumvent the nuisances associated with implementing realistic capes and all the detailed animations that come with them. If/when this technology becomes mainstream, cape fans worldwide will rejoice at the fact that their characters will no longer be deprived of the world’s most majestic article of clothing.