Though sweaters, jackets, and hoodies are one of the common layers we throw into when the temperature start to drop, the poncho is another cool and stylish trick to keep you warm but still trendy. Inspired by the traditional South American poncho, the current poncho incarnation has much more of a cape feel that is perfect for a street style outfit. If you’re looking for chic ways to wear a poncho on your street looks, keep on scrolling to scoop some tricks.
Traditionally worn by men and women and often has designs indicative of wealth, status, and familial associations, ponchos were later incorporated into many military uniforms till it was incorporated as a fashion staple in the early 2000s which testifies the practicality of this garment. Before plunging on the poncho trend, you may wish to explore different poncho styles that are perfect for you.
Ponchos work with nearly everything in one’s wardrobe. Some ponchos are tailored for a chic style that is suited for formal occasions and professional attire. Some are more bohemian, coming in chunky knits, colorful patterns, and sometimes featuring tassels and fringe. Still, others are heavily inspired by their heritage, coming in thick wool with historical Aztec prints. Also, there are down-filled puffy ponchos that are great for a sporty alternative.
Aside from styles, poncho comes in stylish necklines so pick one that is flattering for you. Necklines such as cowl neck, turtleneck, V-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and boat neck create focus by framing the face and upper body. Boat necks and crew necks tend to make the chest and shoulders look wider that are perfect for women who have narrower shoulders and a small bust. On the contrary, V-necks are especially good for women with broad shoulders or a large bust, as they have a slimming effect. Generally, cowl necks, scoop necks, and V-necks are virtually flattering, except for longer necks. If you have a longer neck, go for a turtleneck that has a shortening effect through the neck and face. While many ponchos are just pulled on over the head, there is still a range of other closure types like zippers, buttons, buckles, or toggles that add a contemporary or classic touch to your looks.
Choose a poncho to fit your frame not too small that it looks fitted or too big that you look like you’re drowning in it. Women who want to elongate their frame should opt for ponchos that fall no lower than two centimeters above the knee. Petite women should beware of long ponchos as they can be very dramatic, and overwhelm petite frames. When intentionally wearing oversized ponchos, just remember to keep the silhouette balance to pull it off.
Speaking of balancing out your silhouette, choose bottoms that have a slim fit to balance out your top-heavy silhouette when wearing a poncho. Slim-fitting trousers, skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts, and slim-fitting miniskirts with knee-high boots, ankle boots, and high heels are good footwear matches that add some chic vibe to your looks.
Many stylists recommend dressing the poncho monochromatically, particularly all in black though neutral tones like camel, beige, gray, khaki, olive green, or burgundy are likely to match nearly everything in one’s wardrobe. You may also choose an interesting print to keep your outfit looking exceptional. Plaids, Aztec designs, and subtle patterns all work well, provided the color is subtle and the print is not too large. If wearing a patterned poncho, keep the rest of the style simple.
Because the poncho calls a lot of attention to itself, don’t overload on accessories. If chunky jewelry is a preference, it should be limited to rings or bracelets. Satchels or clutch purses are a better option than shoulder and sling bags. For a stylish and functional accessory, wear a belt to get a shapely silhouette instead of a chunky, baggy and ill-formed one.