I thought I would start a weekly “How To” series, featuring answers to some tricky style questions. It’s easy to fall in love with pieces in stores and online, only to get them home and have no idea how to make them look “right” or chic. Truthfully, there often is no one right or wrong way to wear something, but we can often use some tips and tricks for how to make those much-loved items look their best.
To start the series, I chose one an item that I was drawn to like a magnet last week. Working in downtown Edmonton, adjacent to the mall is trouble and this perfect poncho sweater from Winners was calling my name like nobody’s business. I could immediately picture wearing this forest green beauty on a chilly Saturday at the downtown farmers market, fresh veggies and Credo coffee in hand.
A poncho or cape sweater can be tricky to pull off in a way that looks chic. I like it best with something a bit more casual, like skinny jeans and a soft button-down shirt. You could try dressier flats or heels with it, as pictured above when I paired mine with white denim and leopard print heels, but I especially love it with boots and booties. Riding boots break up the pieces quite well and provide a more dominant contrast on the bottom than heels.
Personally, I would stay away from wearing this with a dress, because it would be tricky to do so without it looking a bit frumpy. But with denim or skinny pants, I absolutely love it.
Because a poncho or cape sweater is such a large and visually dominant piece, I would also steer clear of busy patterns. A neutral or dark colour that features an interesting knitted pattern, like this one, will still stand out, but in a very classic way.
I am seeing lots of great poncho or cape sweater options in stores right now, so if you see one than catches your eye, don’t fear that you won’t know how to wear it. There are lots of great outfit combinations you could make, using the tips above.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,
Poncho Sweater – Winners | Dark Jeans – Current/Elliott | Boots – Sam Edelman | White Jeans – Fidelity Denim | Leopard Print Shoes – Sam Edelman | Bag – Tory Burch | Watch – Michael Kors | Bracelet – Tory Burch