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How to Dress Up a Poncho for a Date Night

I have been so excited for the arrival of October as it signifies the return of one of my favorite fall pieces: ponchos (and capes)! Although I’ll always love classic outerwear pieces such as a faux fur coat or a plaid blazer, there’s something about a poncho that I simply adore. So many new styles are hitting the stores, but my most recent obsession has been this one by Marks & Spencer. The mixed plaid and herringbone design is perfect for adding color and texture to your fall and winter outfits.

I have always considered ponchos to be an essential in my wardrobe, but I realize the unique and shapeless silhouette can be tricky to style especially for a date night. So today, I wanted to share a few tips on how to dress up a poncho in a chic and elevated way.


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My favorite kind of fall outfits are the ones that make you feel like you’re wrapped up in the coziest blanket, so I love reaching for ponchos in the fall. With jeans and a sweater or tee, ponchos make a great outfit for weekend brunch or scenic drives to the mountains. However, they can also look incredibly chic and sophisticated with the swap of a few key pieces. Here are my tips for dressing up a poncho at night:

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1. Pair with tailored silhouettes…

With such strong proportions, it’s important to play with different layering techniques when wearing a poncho. I prefer to style my poncho with tailored silhouettes for the evening. This is usually a solid turtleneck, an a-line mini skirt, or a sweater dress. Either of these items allow you to highlight the poncho as a statement piece. It’s unexpected but still cozy and polished when casually draped over your shoulders.

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2. Swap boots for heels…

Ponchos have an intrinsic slouchiness that is often polished out with knee-high riding boots or over-the-knee boots. I find that sleeker boot styles give it a modern twist that’s super wearable during the day. To make it more date night appropriate, switch out your structured boots for a pair of glossy heels. The two tone style of these block heel sandals will make your look all the more premium.

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3. Add quirky accessories…

Every detail matters when dressing up a poncho. This blush bucket bag is perfect because of the structure that contrasts against the billowing silhouette. I love that it comes with a removable cross body strap because the shorter top handle will help in creating a dressier look. Accessories don’t stop here. Leave it to a printed beret to channel a bit of Parisian chic.


What are some of the ways you’re dressing up this fall?

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer and Shopping Links. The product recommendations and text are all mine.

Photos by Lainey Reed


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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Never thought a poncho look would be so cute and appropriate for date night! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    October 15, 2018 at 11:52 am
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