The Poncho. A piece of fabric, mostly decorated with tassels, not a scarf, not a cardigan. Actually it’s nothing at all and still the it-piece of the season. It’s even hard not to go with this trend because at the moment ponchos are literally everywhere – popping up in every store like those umbrella vendors on Marcus Square in Venice the moment the first rain drop touches the ground. But even though one should look at so-called must-haves with a critical eye, this trend is just to die for and definitely the best neither fish nor fowl garment ever invented.
I’ve been wearing ponchos for a very long time now, but till this autumn I haven’t paid much attention to them and didn’t appreciate their qualities. Sometimes it’s just that you can rarely see whats right in front of you until someone makes you look more closely. This time it was my mom, who inspires me with her love for that trend and how she styles it. So during the last few weeks I’ve rediscovered the poncho and now wanna show you my most recent poncho-outfit as well as 4 styling ideas, which I wanna try during the next few weeks before the upcoming winter forces me to trade my beloved poncho for a my cozy parka.
As it’s not too cold yet – if the sneaky viennese wind decides to take a break – I went for a simple long sleeved shirt by The Fifth instead of a cozy knitted jumper paired with my beloved leather skirt by Just Female, which I’ve worn all the time last winter and which will definitely be a constant companion this season. All teamed up with my all time favorite backpack by Fjallraven this outfit one of my favorite poncho-look so far.
Style 1: Classic
This time I styled the look in its most basic version – wrapped around my shoulders as you can see it on the first picture. Loosely hanging on my shoulders with an open front showing the rest of the look the poncho adds a very romantic touch to the outfit and style is definitely the most comfy one when the indian summer is still fighting off the first cold October winds.
Style 2: Cozy Scarf
As said before a poncho is not much of a scarf but if winter is on its way the key-piece of the season might turn out to be your best partner in crime. Casually wrapped around your neck this massively oversized scarf could be the much needed extra layer for your winter jacket and could save you a lot of trouble.
Style 3: Belted
You might have already seen girls on the streets wearing their poncho like a coat tapered around their waist with a belt. I personally think it looks really nice, but after trying this styling myself several times I realized that I’m either to small or (and that’s probably the problem) don’t have a wasp waist – but wearing your poncho as a coat is definitely a great idea.
Style 4: Tangled Cape
This is actually my favorite styling and you can see it in the 3rd and the last picture. Tangled or knotted might not really cover this style, because actually the loose ends of the poncho were just casually thrown over each of my shoulder creating a tangled scarf with a long cape covering the back. The reason I love this way of wearing a poncho is the same as wearing a ponytail or hair bun when I have to work – you don’t get distracted by the loose ends dangling in front of you 🙂
Of course there are many ways to wear a poncho and with the abundance of designs like for example at Peek&Cloppenburg, where I already found some nice alternatives to the cape I’m wearing, makes trying different styles even more fun.
How do you wear your poncho?
*pictures by Hanni