When “Brings Joy” Is A Completely Valid Reason To Buy: Free People’s Rain Poncho

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I first added this packable poncho to my cart basically on a whim. I was researching cute rain jackets for our recent YouTube video (and, well, life) and I liked how unapologetically cute – and borderline ridiculous – this piece was. I had pretty low expectations, so I was shocked when it ended up being one of my favorite rain jackets of the bunch.

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, Vans classic checkerboard slip-ons

poncho (s) | tank (6) | shorts (6) or similar | shoes

Even so, after my initial try-on, while I could admit that this poncho was adorable and fun, I didn’t think it would be all that useful. I tried to picture when I would actually wear it, and was only able to conjure up very specific, Free People-esque ways: oddly cute, non-technical hiking outfits, swimming in a lake (no seriously there are photos), mayyyybe even walking through waterfalls? Perhaps if we go back to Iceland? Niagara Falls? Obviously this poncho needs to travel.

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho

poncho (s) | tank (6) | shorts (6) or similar | shoes

Did I mention that the name of this piece is “Rain Goddess”? I mean.

There is no doubt that this poncho is one of those pieces – and I haven’t used this phrase in years – that makes my heart beat fast. It brings the joy.

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho

poncho (s) | tank (6) | shorts (6) or similar | shoes

And so, when Philly started to have it’s usual stretch of rainy spring days, this was the first piece I reached for. Just for funsies. And – much to my delight – it looked freaking amazing with everything. Over workout clothes, jeans, little dresses – my usual spring outfits all looked better(!!) with a see-through, flowered poncho on top. Who knew?

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, Vans classic checkerboard slip-ons

poncho (s) | tank (6) | shorts (6) or similar | shoes

Best of all, this style of rain jacket did a really stellar job of keeping me dry, too. It’s the right length to keep most of the rain off, and fits over bulky hoodies. While I know we’re starting to head into warmer temps and sunnier days, I can’t imagine that this piece will stay in stock for long, and I know I would’ve been sad to miss out. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.


4 Ways I’ve Been Wearing Free People’s Rain Goddess Poncho

These are just four of the outfits I’ve worn under this poncho recently. Or at least the four I remembered to take photos of! I’ve worn it on date night, to go and workout, to watch a track meet, to head into the office, and to run errands around the city. I actually wore it on an easy hike (but it does get too warm if you really get going).

1. With Jeans & Ballet Flats

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, Free People Moxie barrel jeans, Clare V. Moyen woven bucket bag, Everlane Day Glove ballet flats

poncho (s) | jeans (26) | shoes | bag

My first test is almost always with my favorite jeans. Love how the ballet flats keep the baggy-on-baggy look intentional. And that darn bag just still keeps going. Love it.


2. To The Track Meet (Hoodie, Jeans, Sneakers)

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, Levi's flare jeans, adidas Gazelle platform sneakers

poncho (s) | school hoodie | jeans (28) | sneakers

This is the exact outfit I wore to Raines’ track meet. I stayed warm and dry and that hood is freaking amazing, FYI.


3. Over A Mini Dress

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, mini dress, Beek sandals

poncho (s) | dress (m) | sandals

I think because it’s see-through, you don’t get the flasher vibes of a trench coat, nor any is-she-or-isn’t-she pants questions.


4. With Sexy Jeans & Pops of Color

Free People Rain Goddess rain jacket packable parka poncho, Reformation jeans, Freda Salvador fisherman sandals

poncho (s) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | sandals | bag

You can’t quite tell here, but these jeans are seriously cool and realllllly sexy. They look amazing with heels, but for walking around the city, I cuffed ’em with comfy flat sandals. Wild that this poncho is so good in a city environment.

Moral of this story? Trust your gut – joy is a completely valid requirement for clothes.

xo,

S

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