(Original story published on Tuesday November 4th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
From the monogrammed Burberry version donned by our favourite street style stars, to the comfortable bohemian styles worn at music festivals around the world, ponchos prove to be the must-have topper of the season.
To rock this cool-girl essential, we’ve gathered 20 amazing options guaranteed to add an effortlessly chic element to your wardrobe.
1. Cool Neutrals
For a style that’s equal parts cool and easy-to-wear, go for Zara’s Poncho Coat ($249) in a neutral print with black trim. We love it teamed with black leather pants for a sleek touch.
2. Graphic Motif
Coming in a cool olive and navy print, Burberry’s Graphic Motif Blanket Poncho ($1550) is topping our must-have list this season.
3. The Trench Poncho
Part trench, part poncho, what’s not to love? ASOS’s Sessun Reina Cape Poncho Coat ($438) is a great option for rainy walks in the park, or chilly commutes to the office.
4. Bold and Cashmere
A long, cozy cashmere poncho is the perfect cure for a chilly day, and Missoni’s Cashmere Geometric Print Poncho ($1779) pulls all the stops.
Why blend in when you can stand out? Opt for Issa’s Suzanna Plissé Silk-Blend Poncho (US $650) for a bright and bold alternative to dreary cold-weather wear.
Inspired by the cozy blanket you like to cozy into at home, Topshop’s Blanket Stitch Cape (£35) is a cool option for off-duty affairs.
7. Winter White
Boasting a cozy turtleneck and cognac patchwork, MICHAEL Michael Kors’ Faux Leather Pocket Turtleneck Poncho (was $205, now $123) pairs perfectly with your favourite jeans on the weekend.
8. Black and White
For a graphic spin on the typical poncho, try Topshop’sMonochrome Loopy Poncho (£75). It can be easily dressed up with a pair of leather skinnies and killer heels.
9. Classic Black
Go the classic route with a sleek black turtleneck version, like Gucci’s Wool, Silk and Cashmere-blend Sweater ($1495). We love it with jeans on the weekend, and a sleek pencil skirt at the office.
10. Cottage Cool
Bring classic cottage style to your everyday winter wardrobe with Anthropologie’s Houndstooth Boucle Poncho ($118).
11. Buckle Up
Featuring a buckle closure and colour-block pattern, Urban Outfitters’ Pattern Border Open Poncho (US $79) is the perfect comfortable topper for movie and coffee shop dates alike.
12. Plaid and Rad
Equal parts bohemian and sophisticated, Club Monaco’s Arleta Cape ($695) can easily be worn from Monday morning commutes to casual Sunday excursions.
13. The Extra Layer
Go for the layered look with an oversized poncho in a warm jewel tone, like Burberry’s Check-Lined Wool Wrap ($845), that can be easily worn over your fave trench or denim jacket.
14. Asymmetrical Topper
Try a poncho in a different silhouette by rocking one with an asymmetrical hemline, like Anthropologie’s Fas Cowl Poncho (US $218) in this pretty and feminine blush, black and white print.
A great option in the cooler temps now, or for summer music fests under the stars, Free People’s Starlight Shadow Poncho Cardi ($180) is year-round staple.
16. Striped and Oversized
Go the dramatic route with a dark and oversized option, like Theory’s Florencia S Striped Oversize Poncho ($445). For the coolest way to wear it, team with your skinniest pants and chunky boots.
A great alternative to your classic winter coat, opt for a hooded, cape-inspired version like this style from Zara ($169). Stay warm in even the coldest winter days by layering lots of chunky knits underneath.
18. Into the Jungle
Think African-inspired prints only work in the summertime? Think again. Alice by Temperly’s Ali Poncho ($606) is an easy way to inject print and colour into your dull winter wardrobe.
19. Winter Plaid
For the quintessential snowy day topper, Club Monaco’s Adee Poncho ($349) in a white and grey plaid print is clearly the way to go.
20. Dramatic Black
Perfectly fit for causal outtings or after-hour drinks on frosty winter nights, Theory’s Lorywash Poncho ($493) is the chic and practical choice.