Can we talk about…

Ponchos.

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One of our readers challenged us to do a post about ponchos.

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Piece of cake, Dawn. We got you, girl.

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but all I’m saying is…

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thank you based god that Free People exists.

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Ponchos aren’t bad.

Not all of them are translucent bundles of plastic you wear when it rains or shittily stitched fake tribal patterns sold at your local Forever 21 in a variety of obnoxious, vibrant colors.

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The poncho thing spiked around 2011. Suddenly they were draped upon the shoulders of every celebrity and walking down every runway literally everywhere.

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Everywhere.

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 Some are super cool. You have your typical Free People-esque flowy and bohemian pieces. Then there are the more structured ponchos with asymmetrical lines and geometric patterns. I’m really digging how versatile they are. They have patterns that draw the eye and you can use them throughout every season depending on the thickness of material.

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If it’s a huge “statement” poncho, wear it alone. Transfer from a day look (worn with gladiator sandals) to a night look (change into big, bold heels). Be daring. #werkthatfringe

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They’re easy to throw over jeans or silk pants with booties, too.

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How would you wear a poncho?

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes

 

One of my biggest all-time style inspirations is Natasha Khan, or better know as her musical counter-part Bat for Lashes.We both love whimsical things: fur, gold, melody, the moon, feathers, things that sparkle, chords that resolve. Since she began recording and performing as Bat For Lashes a few years back, Khan has loosely assembled those things around her person like so many thrift store trinkets. Her aesthetic is such a perfectly struck balancing act between earth mother hippie mystic and post-modern Gen Y art student, it strikes you as a fashion feat.

 
What makes her style so wonderful, however, isn’t the wide spectrum of looks she incorporates, but rather the effortless way she seems to streamline all of the influences that inspire her into a style that is distinctive and original. So pile on those feathers, glitter, and sequins!