A few years ago I went on a very chilly trip to Iceland where I stumbled upon my first poncho. I bought it because in addition to keeping me warm, it fit perfectly over my winter coat. I like to think of a poncho as a cover-up for my street clothes, a cut that effortlessly layers into any outfit. In the simplest way, the poncho is a large sheet of fabric with an opening for the head. Ever since they made a major appearance on Burberry’s runway last Spring, the poncho has turned into a seasonal staple that I can’t get enough of it.
A poncho’s South American roots gives it that lovely bohemian appeal which comes in the form of many shapes, colors, styles, and fabrics. Some styles will even have furry collars and hoods. Often times it can even be a more fashionable replacement for a classic coat or jacket. In this case, I wore an aztec-inspired poncho by itself because the openings for the arms limited my ability to layer. Kind of contradictory, I know. The concept however is still there and like I said before there are many varieties to choose from which you can layer with.
Beware of ponchos that are not manageable and billowing with fabric. I get designers are playing off the idea of wearing a blanket in public, but this doesn’t mean you need to be weighed down by it. There should always be a nice balance between weight and size, so once you do throw on those few extra layers, you can comfortably go about your day. As we transition our wardrobe from Winter to Spring, this should be one of your go-to items. I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend, thanks for reading!