STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Ponchos and Patterns

For those of you currently attending school in Clemson, South Carolina, you understand exactly what I mean when I say that this little town is having a difficult time maintaining a consistent climate. You also understand the struggle when it comes to picking out an outfit for the day. Do I dress for the shivery wind-chill of the early morning and late afternoon? What about the three hours of 60-degree weather and sunshine that decides to make an appearance in the middle of the day?

To settle this dilemma once and for all, check out this Fashionista’s solution. A twist on the traditional Native American staple, this poncho carries with it a different feel to an outfit than any regular zip-up jacket possibly could. With its tribal print and neutral tones, it is a combination of stylish, cozy and, not to mention, practical. The versatile piece may be worn as just one of many warm layers or simply on its own. If choosing the latter, I would recommend doing so with a lacy bralette underneath!

In this specific look, paired with the cream and burgundy poncho is a pair of lightly distressed jeans and cognac lace-up booties. The color scheme of this particular outfit is the key to its seemingly effortless beauty. Its combination of earthy tones ties together to present a look that is natural and relaxing. To top off the outfit and essence of the whole look, her hair is styled in a loose, half-up braid.

Ponchos can currently be found in a variety of clothing stores. Boutiques as well as department stores provide a plethora of patterns, colors and textures. Pair it with jeans, jewelry and booties, and give your normal go-to layering items a little more hanging time in your closet!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Try buying a clothing item that you may not usually go for at first—something that is different but that you are still comfortable in. I’m still so excited about this purchase that I made!”