Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women "over a certain age". Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme. This month's theme is "Ponchos and Wraps" and was picked by Joanne.
Ponchos and wraps are a fashion trend that seems to come and go through out the years. It's almost as if the trend can't seem to make up its mind "Am I "In" or am I "Out"? The first time in my life when I remember seeing a poncho was when I was a little girl and Laurie Partridge wore one on " The Partridge Family" television series. That was in the seventies. I really didn't see anyone wear them again until my daughter was in high school, that would have been the late 90's/early 2000s. I remember purchasing a thick, short poncho. I wore it a few times, but quickly donated it because "it made me look fat". (I wonder how many clothes have been tossed by women for that reason alone? 😂). And here we are, another twenty years have passed and ponchos/wraps are back in style. Now, they never really go out of style. In certain geographical areas like the American West or Europe people consistently wear them. But like all clothes, they do trend in and out of popular style.
In my brutally cold climate of Wisconsin, ponchos/wraps are actually very impractical. We have very short transitional seasons, where a poncho/wrap would get the most use. Our temperatures are either hot or cold, with a couple of weeks in-between where one could even where a poncho. They don't fit well under coats, so wearing them in winter is usually not an option either. Nevertheless, I do have ONE! I purchased this black hooded poncho in 2015 from a small boutique for $25.00. I learned my lesson from the thick poncho I purchased in the 90's and this time I grabbed a very thin knit long poncho is a slimming black color. And guess what? It actually hung around in my closet for quite a few years!
When putting this outfit together, I followed the one fashion rule I have for myself: 'When wearing something long and baggy on top, wear something thin and slimming on the bottom.' So I paired my poncho with these black and grey plaid leggings from Stitch Fix. Because it was cold out the day these pictures were taken, I wore tall black boots to help keep my legs warm.
The poncho is long enough to cover most of my butt, which I definitely want to do when wearing leggings. This poncho also comes with a fuzzy hood. I know it's hard to see in the picture because of the black color, but it's super cute.
Underneath the poncho I wore a medium grey turtleneck.
As I stated in my opening paragraph, ponchos can add some unwanted pounds. I find belting it at the waist makes me look slimmer in a poncho. You can do this with wraps too!
I added a long silver pendant necklace to accessorize the outfit.
And just for fun, here are a couple of other ways I have styled this poncho in the past.
With a skirt, tights, and booties.With Brown Denim and Booties