One of the big trends this season is the cape and / or poncho. I for one think it’s a great trend to embrace this season!

Here are just a few reasons why I think it will be a great addition to your wardrobe this season:

  • It’s fun and trendy. The poncho or cape will add a modern touch to your wardrobe.
  • It’s relatively new: I can’t remember a time where the variety of ponchos and capes was as large as it is now.
  • A poncho is super comfortable: if you opt for a lightweight cashmere one as I did, they are so comfortable to wear!
  • Wear it both indoors and outdoors: another advantage of a lightweight poncho is that you can both wear it inside the house as well as outdoors. Not all days are super cold and some days a thick woollen sweater with a poncho will suffice.

Poncho or cape?

Let’s first look at the difference. According to Wikipedia:  “A cape is any sleeveless outer garment, such as a poncho, but usually it is a long piece of clothing that covers only the back half of the wearer, fastening around the neck.”

“The word poncho is derived from Spanish and is an outer garment designed to keep the body warm. Ponchos have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes since pre-Hispanic times and are now considered typical South American garments.”

Generally in fashion capes tend to be more dressy and made of heavier materials while ponchos are lighter and softer. Capes are often lose at the front while ponchos are often worn more like sweaters over the head.

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At Black.co.uk ponchos are sweater-like open garments made of 100% cashmere. You can just slip them over your head and they can act as sweaters as well.

Their capes are more like coats, double coated and made of cashmere and silk.

Many other capes though are lined and made of thicker fabric like wool and function even more like coats. Although I like the look of those kind of capes too, I think they can be more impractical and less versatile. Carrying a bag may become more of a challenge!

If you are new to ponchos and capes you may opt for a lighter poncho version first to see how you like it!

How I wore my poncho

I too embraced the lighter sweater-like poncho in my winter capsule wardrobe with this blue cashmere piece. It is so soft and warm you just want to wear it all the time, just to have that soft feeling around you.

Loved it with my black and white outfit.

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Poncho and cape inspiration and ideas

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Poncho over a skirt

It occured to me that a poncho may just be a great gift for Christmas for your female friends and family or yourself. It’s not something every woman has already, yet they can add warmth and a bit of glamour to a woman’s wardrobe! Below are a few options  in a variety of price points.

What do you think of ponchos and capes? Will you embrace this trend?

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