If you think back to fashion week fall 2015, a poncho party may come to mind. From models walking the Burberry Prorsum show to celebs like Taylor Swift and Olivia Palermo , the biggest names among the fashion set seemed to find a chic way to style the casual cover-up.
Almost a year later, the trend is still going strong—except we're having difficulty actually executing the oftentimes shapeless and sometimes sloppy silhouette in more elevated ways. Luckily, we can look to the stars for inspiration.
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Ponchos are typically seen as relaxed, informal pieces, but to dress up the look, opt for a printed iteration and pair it with a monochrome outfit. Like Lupita Nyong'o, cover up from head to toe in solids, so the real focus stays on that statement layer. Consider a structured hat to balance out the slouchy counterpart.
For a dinner date with the girls, create shape with a flattering pair of flared pants or jeans. Ponchos are top heavy, but wide-leg bottoms will create the illusion of a more slender stems. You don't need to be model height like Karlie Kloss either—just pair your pants with platform heels.
Sometimes the most basic poncho can make a statement—it's just how you accessorize it. Every detail, from Rihanna's leather hat and bobby pin accents to her statement chocker and work boots, come together to create a street-glam style. Alone, the poncho just wouldn't have the same effect.
Ponchos have been worn for decades, but to modernize the look, pair your favorite printed pick with trendy pieces. Leona Lewis looks at both times comfortable and put-together with her edgy leather backpack, dainty necklace and booties. A peek of an oxford sheet polishes the entire ensemble just enough.
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Don't doubt the powers of a poncho for night out. Just make sure you can garner attention with a bright pop of color. Do as Krysten Ritter and wear yours with a pair of boyfriend jeans to complement the slouch of the topper. Then add the perfect elements of contrast with chic heels and a structured bag.