How to Wear the Poncho S/S 2015 Trend

This article first appeared on The TrendSpotter on 30th October 2014

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It’s often the most unlikely of trends you end up liking and wearing the most – and for us this season, that trend is definitely the poncho. They first cropped up about 10 years ago – high neck and heavily fringed – but their resurgence can be largely thanked to a stylish makeover. The current poncho incarnation has much more of a cape feel to it and has been a quick hit with the street style set. From Burberry’s luxury colour block check monogrammed blanket poncho, to more aztec or graphic designs, the poncho is certainly proving to be the cover up of choice for the season.

Inspired by the traditional South American poncho, the almost blanket like piece features rich colours, luxurious fabrics and is a key piece in this season’s play with layering and proportion. Imagine the cozy feeling of wearing your doona out – minus the peculiar looks.

The ponchos spotted on the street fall into two main categories: nomadic and glamorous . The nomadic styles reference a global traveller, with warm earthy tones and aztec prints – the perfect nonchalant throw over piece. The trick to styling these types of ponchos is to modernise the rest of your outfit with plain neutrals or even pastels to add a little colour.

The glamorous poncho evokes the feel of the cape, but easier to wear both formally and casually.  Rich colours, fabrics and interesting graphic designs take the piece up a notch, and look beautiful paired with a streamlined bottom – think shorts and a lot of leg, or slim trousers and elegant heels. A great way to add bursts of colour to an otherwise plain outfit, we also love the slightly preppy feel with oversized plaid in bright colours.

Although traditionally appealing to the arty eclectic and avant garde set, the poncho’s modern makeover means it’s a great choice for the minimalist and chic set too. Oversized to create excessive fabric draping, forgiving to most shapes, easy to throw on and comfortable and cozy, the poncho looks set to revitalise your outwear – no matter what season you’re in.

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