3 Chic Ways To Style A Poncho

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This season’s ubiquitous poncho has many remarkable qualities, but perhaps the strongest is the fact that it’s essentially a wearable blanket—and we’re proponents of anything that promises to keep us both cozy and chic. The challenge, for some, is figuring out how to style it in a way that reads more “ready to take the town” than “ready to start a Netflix marathon.” Ahead, proof that this winter wardrobe hero is versatile enough to transport you from work to weekend mode in no time.

Vanessa Jackman

How To Style A Poncho

For A Night Out

A silk, mid-length slip dress is the perfect foundation to build upon for an evening ensemble. Cinch the poncho at your waist with a slim belt, then accessorize with over-the-knee boots and sleek earrings for a look that's equal parts polished and sexy.

Jemma Over The Knee Boots

$375

Joie

Wilcox Earrings

$65

Stella & Bow

Rectangle Button Belt

$18

ASOS

Keller Silk Maxi Dress

$320

Acler

Salome Checked Cape

$325

Theory

For The Weekend

For shopping trips, a stroll around the park or brunch with friends, team your poncho with a turtleneck sweater, crisp denim and pragmatic, neutral booties. The finishing touch? Oversized sunnies, which hide a multitude of sins in case you hit the town too hard the night before.

Corey Distressed Slouchy Jean

$198

Citizens of Humanity

Edith Booties

$495

Vince

Cordelia Alpaca Sweater

$188

Reformation

Camilla Sunglasses

$265

Steven Alan x Grace Lee

For The Office

A well-chosen poncho can cozy up a basic work uniform without sacrificing sophistication: Wear it over a classic button-down and cropped trousers, and add a smart watch and sleek loafers. To warm up your commute, throw a roomy collared coat on top—one that reads elevated and appropriate for the workplace yet whose silhouette allows for winter layers.

Round Watch

$280

Pebble

Straight Fit Cotton Shirt

$89

COS

Vita Coat

$650

A Piece Apart

Bianca Haircalf Loafers

$398

Rachel Zoe

Anton Stretch Alain Cropped Pants

$295

Tibi