STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: How To Wear The Poncho Trend

Winter is a fickle thing here at Florida State University, where temperatures can range anywhere between 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit each day. In such a highly variable climate, knowing which staple pieces to incorporate into your winter wardrobe can be tricky, so versatile layering pieces are key to staying comfortable.

The poncho, one of this season’s hottest trends among the street style set, serves as a chic and functional alternative to classic, heavy outerwear pieces. Originally inspired by the traditional ponchos of South America, the current poncho resurgence comes in a variety of prints, patterns and color-ways. From the bold, Aztec designs to the more traditional, plaid and houndstooth varieties, it’s easy to find one that fits your own personal style and desired look.

Effortlessly dressed up or down, this cozy cover-up can be styled in a myriad of ways to create flattering, yet unexpected proportions. For the perfect day-to-night style, try pairing your poncho with a mini skirt of a similar length, a fitted blouse underneath and some distressed ankle boots. The unexpected mix of fitted and oversized creates a universally flattering shape that’s both feminine and modern.

This particular Fashionista donned her plaid version from Nordstrom’s BP line with this Topshop, funnel neck sweater, a classic, dark washed denim and her favorite pair of black, Steve Madden, ankle booties. Her casual take on the poncho trend is perfect for a chilly day on campus.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “In Florida around this time of the year the weather is in a constant state of flux so when I shop for my winter-wear, my style mantra is always light layering. Capes are a stylish way to incorporate outwear pieces even if you live in a warmer climate!”