Time travel might still be a long way off, but that doesn’t stop brands from revisiting the past to take design cues. Fashion is completely cyclical, and it’s only a matter of time before something—be it a garment, print, or styling trick—comes back around again. That said, for A/W 18, it’s now the poncho’s turn to rise from the ashes.
We all know the poncho is deeply rooted in ’70s style culture. However, more recently, it was Burberry that put the blanket back on the fashion map. In 2014, then–creative chief Christopher Bailey sent an army of models—led by Cara Delevingne in what would prove to be her career-making catwalk show—down the runway in monogrammed woollen capes.
As of today, the poncho is officially back. Okay, we’ll admit it: initially, we were on the fence, but thanks to Chloé, Missoni and Acne Studios (who’ve all included the poncho as part of their A/W 18 collections), we’ve come around to the idea. It’s also proving to be a hit with the FROW set too, who are serving up inspiration on how to wear a poncho with flair. Keep scrolling and you’ll see it’s not as daunting as it sounds.
TRY SHORT HEMS
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The billowing silhouette of the poncho provides the perfect contrast to bare legs (while the weather permits at least). Wear yours with a miniskirt or short dress underneath for a glossy take.
Base the shades of the rest of your outfit around the colours of your poncho to instantly pull the look together. Carrying a bag in one of the accent hues is an easy way to do so. Then, just add classic trainers for a more laid-back vibe.
These trainers are all you need to give any ensemble a cool overhaul.
ESCHEW BOHO AND SMARTEN UP
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Play with different layering techniques to give your poncho a modern spin. Wearing the draped cover-up over a shirtdress and finishing with over-the-knee boots will give it an interesting balance. Less hippie, more haute fashion.