I’ve basically been cold for three years – or the amount of time since Chris and I moved from Charleston to San Francisco – so I’m always on the hunt for stylish cover-ups, and Fall is the best time to shop for them. My most recent stay-warm obsession is the poncho cape, an item that you’ve probably noticed popping up everywhere over the past year.
I was first attracted to the trend a year ago when every celebrity on the street was wearing a monogrammed Burberry poncho cape; alas, this style was big bucks to spend for a fleeting trend. Then, Blake Lively paired a couple of colorful poncho capes with tall leather boots while pregnant. It made for a chic combo avec or sans bump. Sadly, however, her ponchos, which I tracked down for sale on her now defunct Preserve website, sold in the four figures. Pass.
Enter Express. I was thrilled to stumble upon this Southwestern fringe poncho there for an affordable $60. It reminds me a lot of the black and red one Blake wore – but at a fraction of the price. I’ve been layering it over everything for the past few weeks and experimenting with different variations (belted, one shoulder, etc.). Check out how I styled it with a day-to-night look below.
Pencil Skirt / Chambray Shirt / Slingback Heels / Red Poncho