13 Easy Poncho Styling Ideas
Styling an oversized wardrobe item like a poncho or a cape can feel overwhelming because it is such a statement piece. The challenge is to still keep a flattering shape and not look overly frumpy. When this look is achieved just right, it really has all those autumn and wintery vibes we love. Plus it will keep you super warm and cozy!
Belted - The fastest way to give your look a slimming silhouette is to accentuate your waistline with a belt. Not all poncho styles will work with this styling trick, I would stick to ponchos with lighter fabrics so you don’t have a bunch of belted bulk.
Simple with Denim - If you’re looking to get dressed in a speedy manor, layering your poncho over a classic pair of denim will do the trick. Stick to skinny, straight or bootcut leg openings and skip pants that are baggy.
Layered Over a Thermal or Long Sleeve Tee - I know this advice sounds super simple and obvious, but it just needed to be on this list. Sometimes when we’re planning outfits we overcomplicate it, so don’t forget about your favorite thermal.
With Dresses or Tunics - A great way to transition into fall is to add some warm to dresses by layering on a poncho. If the temperature is really starting to drop, you can also add legging or stockings to keep your legs covered.
Leggings and Boots - Nothing puts you into the seasonal spirit more than a good pair of boots. And I’m thrilled to say that they’ll pair very well with pretty much any poncho or cape style. A fab poncho and a great pair of boots are so elevated that you can easily pair with leggings and it won’t look too casual.
Colored Twill and Denim Bottoms - Deep color hues like maroon, navy, hunter green, burnt orange and brown go perfectly with the autumn and holiday season. You can invest in a neutral colored poncho or cape and then play up the style factor with interchanging colored bottoms.
Mini or Midi Skirt - Does this seem out of the box? Nah, it’s actually very easy to wear! Keep your top half cozy and your bottom half sexy. Your skirt can be pleated, denim with buttons down the front, a bold plaid print or even classic wool.
Overalls - Most people don’t realize that overalls are one of the most versatile pieces in your closet. Just layer that poncho on and voila, you’re ready to go!
Corduroy - Pumpkin spice and corduroy are a match made in heaven! The moment you put on anything made of corduroy you know the autumn season has arrived. You can pair your poncho with corduroy pants, skirts or even dresses.
Head to Toe Style - Although a poncho is a bold wardrobe choice, the star of your outfit could also be the shoes on your feet. Pick from OTK boots (over the knee), booties, wellies (Hunters are my favorite), loafers or oxfords. You can’t tell in these photos because the plants are so tall but I’m wearing my favorite Hunter booties in black.
Accessorize - Complete the look with a scarf or a hat. This is a great way to add an extra touch of both warmth and whimsy. If you’re feeling adventurous, your accessories can be bold in color, texture and even oversized for a touch of drama.
Urban Poncho Style - If you're wearing your poncho ensemble in a city setting, layer a fitted collard button up shirt underneath.
Denim Chambray Shirt - Get pumpkin patch ready in a hot second by layering a lightweight denim top under your poncho. It could be a button-down or a pullover, either way you’ll rock it.
Pro Tip - Styling with a sleeveless top is an easy way to layer without adding bulk.
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