STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: How to Pull Off a Poncho

Way back in the fourth grade, I had a multi-colored knit poncho with fringe along the bottom, and I absolutely loved it. I’m pretty sure I wore it for school pictures, and I may or may not have paired it with some matching brightly-colored gaucho pants. So when I first saw ponchos making a comeback in stores and magazines, I couldn’t help but cringe just a bit at the memories of my embarrassing fashion choices of the past. Clearly, I was pretty skeptical about the whole poncho trend at first, but after seeing some very stylish looks put together on other people, including one from this Fashionista, I am convinced that the poncho has, like me, matured a bit since the fourth grade.

This Fashionista starts her look with a soft, gray poncho that has a cowl neck and is extra cozy and warm for the colder weather. Her poncho buttons underneath both of the sleeves, left the bottom a bit more open and flowy and giving it an interesting shape. She pairs the top with a simple pair of black leggings and some suede black wedges that dress the look up a bit but still keep it completely wearable for daytime. As for accessories, she chooses a few vintage rings, a delicate charm bracelet and a pair of dangly earrings to add a few more details to the look.

The great thing about ponchos like this one is that they are both incredibly comfortable and versatile. For example, this Fashionista’s look could be changed just by adding a solid long sleeve shirt underneath, or layering a few long necklaces with it. Plus, with so many different styles and patterns available in stores right now, there are plenty of options to choose from to fit your style. Needless to say, I’ve been converted to be a believer in this trend, and I think it’s an awesome style for winter that you should definitely give a try!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Pick pieces like this [poncho] that fit with your personal style but are also comfortable, so they’re easy to wear. Try to choose items that are unique and other people won’t have.”