A few years ago I bought a poncho and I wore it once or twice then I gave it away. I just didn't like the way it looked on me; the heavy, thick knit added a lot of pounds to my frame. I also felt it was very impractical in my climate. I couldn't wear it under a coat (trust me, I tried), and it was too cold most of the year to wear it without a coat. Plus, I felt my movements were greatly restricted in a poncho. So trendy or not, out it went. Then they came back into style big time this season. I asked myself, do I really want to go there again? I mean, I love the way they look on everyone else, but they look horrible on me and they don't work for my lifestyle.
Well then Stitch Fix sent me a square poncho (shown HERE), and I loved it! It looked great, I could wear a coat over it, and I felt I had plenty of arm movement. I then realized it was because the knit was thin, and it had armholes.
Later that week, my husband and I were visiting the cute little town of Wabasha, MN (see THIS POST), and we stopped in a little boutique where they had a ton of ponchos and wraps for only $25.00 a piece! My husband graciously told me to pick one out for myself, (and it was hard, for they were all so pretty and there were so many different colors and styles). I decided on this black one because I thought it would go with anything in my closet and it had a hood! I've never seen a hood on a poncho before.
The poncho is very thin and somewhat see-thru. It is also very long. I believe the reason this poncho works for me and my old one did not, is because the thin yarn does not add extra bulk and the length elongates the torso.
The hood has a little soft, furry trim.
The hood is not very deep, it barely frames my face. But it covers my ears enough to keep them warm if needed.
I gave you a hint of this outfit and poncho in my Stitch Fix post last Friday. But since that post was all about my Fix, I wanted to do a separate post about the poncho.
I wore my poncho with this plaid skirt that Stitch Fix sent me and a Michael Kors tunic. I initially was going to wear the poncho as outwear, but I ended up leaving it on inside as well because it was so cozy, warm, and comfortable. I felt like I was snug in a blanket and I loved it!
For jewelry, I only wore silver bracelets and my usual rings since the poncho went right up to my neckline.
In case you missed Friday's Fashion Post, this is the outfit I wore under the poncho.
I wore grey, cable knit tights on my legs, and suede booties on my feet (old, Famous Footwear).
Stitch Fix also sent me a fabulous fringe hand bag in my Fall Fix.
My experience with ponchos taught me a valuable fashion lesson: If a trend doesn't initially work for you, try different styles till you find one that is right for you! Ponchos come in all shapes, styles, and materials. I learned that the short, thick and chunky ponchos do not work for my body type; but the thin, long, asymmetrical ones do!
So what about you? Have you purchased a poncho yet? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy
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