Forget sleeves. This fall, opt for a one-size-fits-all poncho—a trendy outerwear piece with a comfort level akin to a blanket's. While traditionally marked by its squared-off shape and fringe embellishments, the modern-day poncho has a wide range of styles, prints, and trims to choose from. Considered less formal than a cape, a poncho can easily adapt to a variety of different outfits and suit any body type. On the Fall 2021 runways, designers from Etro to Jil Sander to Victor Glemaud deemed ponchos a trend-worthy silhouette, while they've been a standby on the runways at Chloé and Max Mara for years on end. Energized with new color combos and textures, it's about time to invest in one for fall.
If you have to leave the couch, throw on this poncho, fixed with a dramatic collar and wide flowing sleeves.
Swap your run-of-the-mill sweatshirt for this terry cloth hooded poncho. You'll look chic headed to and from Pilates and anywhere in between.
This ladylike cropped crochet cardigan can be layered over a jacket for extra warmth and style, or worn completely on its own.
This tartan puffer poncho is reversible and has deep side pockets for toting around your cell phone and keys.
Wear this sleek turtleneck poncho to the office over a button-down blouse and trousers.
Mix this neutral stripe poncho into your early fall jacket rotation. You can even layer it over slim fitted coats as the temp continues to plunge.
No need to lug a coat around to your next formal event. Invest in this floral silk poncho cape to pair with evening and cocktail attire—or jeans and a silky blouse for an evening on the town.
This ultra light poncho is crafted from repurposed plastic material. Keep the packable, water-resistant peice on hand for rainy days.
The sweater meets the poncho in this slightly oversized knit. Leave the side ties hanging loose or fasten them around the waist for a more form-fitted silhouette.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.
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