Amy and I did a closet consultation together last Fall. In preparation, she had pulled most of her clothes out of her closet. As we went through the consultation, I noticed this striped poncho hanging in the back. "Aim, what's this?" I asked.
"Oh, that's just some thing my mom picked up for a couple of bucks at a garage sale. I don't think I've ever worn it. It's cashmere, maybe? Mom always makes it a policy to buy any cashmere pieces she finds at garage sales."
Um. Good policy. Not only is this baby cashmere…but it's a Vince cashmere striped poncho that retails for about $300. Holy Moly.
This poncho can be worn a multitude of ways, but in this case, we paired it with an easy black and gray striped long-sleeve tee, jeans, vintage heels and some of her fun Stella & Dot jewelry (she's a Stella & Dot stylist). But Amy has also thrown this outfit on with her more comfortable Danskos and still looked adorable.
Whenever we feature poncho-type items, we tend to get comments from moms saying that they like ponchos, but that they are a bit out of their comfort range. But seriously….just throw 'em on. With virtually anything. These things look cute with skinnies, flares, bootcut, etc. And they are crazy-flattering. Post-partum or pregnant? Perfection. Nursing? You can even go without the nursing cover.
Ponchos are also a perfect transition piece for when you want to ditch the winter coat, but it's still a bit chilly.