This is the traditional outer garment to wear over the highland dress outfit, often to protect the wearer from inclement weather. It is frequently worn by pipe bands and is usually made in dark material, sometimes barathea but can also be made in tweed and other materials.
The style is a full cape with long under collar panel which falls free of the cape. The cape has three buttons and is worn to a length that falls just below the kilt. Unlike most raincoats, the Inverness cape has no sleeves. Instead, there is a wide cut in the sides to accommodate the arms. This enables the wearer to access a sporran without unbuttoning and opening up the cape.