Ponchos are everywhere this season but they have actually been around for a while. I think it just takes us time to try new things. Over the years I have tried lots of different styles of ponchos and I have them narrowed down to three basic silhouettes that we’ll cover today; the “Sweater Poncho”, the “Traditional Poncho”, and the “Open Cape Poncho”. And I’ll also talk about their pros and cons. So here goes:
The Sweater Poncho:
(Cabi Poncho spring 14 | Free People Eyelash slip, similar here| Cabi Grid Skinny Jean, current)
The sweater poncho is one that you need to plan on wearing as a top, not a coat. The arms are typically narrow and attached to a wide body of fabric. As with all large, oversized tops, be sure and wear something narrow on the bottom like skinny jeans shown here, leggings or a pencil skirt and tights.
The Traditional Poncho:
(Cabi Cowl Poncho, current | Cabi Striped Tee spring 14 | Cabi Easy Legging, current)
This type of poncho can be worn both ways, as a top or as a layering piece like a coat. I prefer this type of poncho to be open on the sides WITHOUT armholes. Take it from my personal experience, as cute as the ponchos are with little armholes, you will be unable to wear a purse of any kind except a clutch. Not my idea of a fun day of shopping and running errands. Also, if you are petite in height, be sure and wear a wedge or heel of some type, otherwise this piece will overwhelm you.
The Open Cape/Poncho:
(Splendid dress and Freebird cowboy boots old from Nordstrom Rack | Cabi Gigi Cape, current | Cabi Reign Blouse, current | Cabi Storm Baby Boot fall 13 | boots Freebird by Steve Madden, current)
This piece obviously can only be worn as a layering piece so you do need to consider what you’ll be wearing underneath. These types of capes are very versatile. They can be worn open in the front, you can belt them, you can throw one side over your shoulder (my personal favorite) or you can even twist them up and wear them as a scarf around your neck. This style also allows you to wear any kind of purse you like and is easy to take on and off when running errands.
(All jewelry in above photos from Stella and Dot)
Other Style Options:
Another suggestion I have with any of these style of ponchos, is to do what I call “tonal dressing”. You achieve this by finding an underpinning that is in the same color hue as your poncho. For example I use a gray slip under my gray sweater poncho and I wear a gray striped t-shirt under my traditional poncho. I like doing this because it gives me lots of options of what to wear on the bottom, whether it is a printed or bright colored skinny jean, regular denim or solid or printed leggings.
Just some poncho pointers to make you look perfectly put together while out present purchasing.
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