Week of requests: ponchos, capes, and etc.

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“Poncho-y things without turtlenecks,”  a commenter who goes by the name Mouse requested. “Can be poncho-y sweaters or actual ponchos.” Since Mouse specified poncho-y, I decided that cape-ish items, like this gorgeous (and splurgy) number  could be included too.

Here’s a pretty cashmere poncho that comes in a few good colors; here’s one that’s similar and cheaper, but not cashmere.

I like the fringe and smart herringbone pattern on this wrap from Rag & Bone.

A really chic and modern hooded specimen that looks all fancy and designer-y but is in fact from Cos.

This striped one also comes in a pretty good grey, but the yellow is so poppy and unexpected.

An oversized plaid pattern makes this really statement-y.

Here’s a linen specimen that’d be the perfect thing for those of you who are lucky enough to live in places where it never gets that cold.

I think this cashmere sweater is so lovely and cozy-looking.

And here’s one from Lululemon that unzips to become a wrap.

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20 Thoughts on Week of requests: ponchos, capes, and etc.
    Lynne
    25 Nov 2019
    11:33am

    I have a Burberry plaid poncho I bought in London at the Burburry store almost 20 years ago. It was an investment at the time, but I was coming off a bad break up and major surgery, and I wanted something special. It is beautiful, but I haven’t worn it in years 🙁 Partly is living in S California, where it is rarely cold and partly is I don’t feel it looks that great on me. When I bought the poncho, I was a lot thinner, and I think it looked better. I can’t get rid of it though. I may pull out this weekend and try it on with a few things.

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      Lynne
      25 Nov 2019
      5:10pm

      Oops, spelled Burberry wrong once and correctly once…

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    Mouse
    22 Nov 2019
    7:36am

    Thank you Kim! My mousey heart is thrilled….

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    Sara
    22 Nov 2019
    8:05am

    Oh my…. now I need some poncho-y, cape-ish pieces in my wardrobe. Love these!

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    c.w.
    22 Nov 2019
    8:29am

    About a million years ago (43) when my son was born someone gave me a poncho type thing so I could breastfeed in public (as I say, this was a million years ago) so I’ve always associated ponchos with breastfeeding. This selection may, at long, long last, shove my tiny little stuck brain in a different fashion direction! Thank you, Kim for moving me out of the dark ages!!

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    barb
    22 Nov 2019
    9:47am

    let me breakout my goddamn suede poncho from the Loft from about 15 years ago…

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    Joannawnyc
    22 Nov 2019
    11:27am

    I always fear that a poncho will make me look like a mobile hut, but these are all very nice!

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      Kimbersam
      22 Nov 2019
      3:43pm

      Thank you for writing this. I needed a laugh today!

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    Jax
    22 Nov 2019
    11:32am

    I can’t with capes or poncho-ey knits. They’re either too old-lady-ish/period or hippie for me, and they’re not generally flattering, unless you’re tall and slim. They do keep ya warm!
    Hat’s off to those who can carry them off!

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    MaryAlice
    22 Nov 2019
    11:43am

    I love the look, but what does one do with one’s bag?

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      Kim France
      22 Nov 2019
      12:49pm

      A clutch is really the only answer, Mary Alice.

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    Linden
    22 Nov 2019
    12:38pm

    When ponchos came back in style a few years ago, I thought they’d have a moment and go out again. They seem to be sticking around, though. Now I guess we’ll see about jumpsuits. I have a couple of poncho-y things in my wardrobe now, but after wearing jumpsuits and rompers in the 1970s and 1980s, I said never again.

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    Kathi
    22 Nov 2019
    12:57pm

    Not a poncho-y person, but that Lululemon one is rather unique.

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    Elisa
    22 Nov 2019
    2:59pm

    How do you wear a poncho-y thing when you also need a coat? This difficulty makes the style impractical for cold climates.

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      Margaret
      23 Nov 2019
      9:12pm

      Fjallraven makes a fabulous hooded winter poncho that is fashioned after the ones Finnish reindeer herders wear over their winter coats. It’s called the Luhkka Cape, if you care to google. It’s nicely warm and waterproof but lets a little air in (if you’re a hotflash lady and need that sort of thing).

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    Kim France
    22 Nov 2019
    3:10pm

    A poncho is tough with a coat—but in France, women wear wraps over their coats and it looks fantastic.

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      Eloise
      25 Nov 2019
      10:33am

      Wouldn’t getting out of the combo be a pain? I suppose graceful French women could pull that off, but not something I’d dare risk trying!

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    HickfromStyx
    22 Nov 2019
    6:31pm

    The linen cape would solve the problem of cool nights in the summer. Just enough, not too much. Nicely affordable, too.

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      themis
      22 Nov 2019
      7:55pm

      I thought so as well-! Sometimes you’re on a beachy vacation and you’d like a light layer because the tradewinds might be a little cool at your seaside dinner table, so you have this over your sundress with some coral beaded necklace or something, or you can just shrug these forward and you have a nice travel scarf for the plane, or you can stroll on the beach with them after the sun’s down in some frayed cutoffs and sandals.
      Johnny Was had a few of these linen ponchos earlier in the year at twice this sale price. I like to shop for the weather I’m pining for, not the weather I currently have, so this is a really nice pick for me.

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    JYarmo
    22 Nov 2019
    6:59pm

    I love these – while not technically a poncho, the upcoming Uniqlo/Marimekko collab. has two nice poncho-ish wraps as well.

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