Carrie Bradshaw owns a poncho. It’s a thick ivory knit with pom pom tassels and fringe, patterned with a single V-shaped stripe and a vine of red flowers. It appears two times total, once in the fourth episode of season 2, when Carrie is late to a photo shoot with New York Magazine and throws it over her “going out” outfit from the night prior, and once in the 14th episode of season 2, when she dons it with a dirndl and pigtails during lunch with the gals in Central Park. The first instance was a haphazard solution for an unplanned walk of shame, and the second, a component of what is essentially Carrie trying on the identity of an American at Oktoberfest. Neither of them made me want to wear a poncho.
You know what did? New York Fashion Week, that’s what. I counted three ponchos on the runways, which might not seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that ponchos are such a particular choice of garment that any appearance of them — much less multiple — says something significant. Mark my words, ponchos are going to be a trend in 2019.
Of course, ponchos are by no means a new phenomenon. Originating in the Andes Mountains, they date all the way back to 500 B.C; to this day, they are a significant cultural garment in a number of Latin American cultures.
The designers who included ponchos in last week’s collection debuts offered a compelling array of poncho possibilities — not only for how they can look, but also for how they can be styled. Area showed one in a black-and-white chunky knit with extra-long fringe, accompanied by a glitter headpiece, pumps and a tiny handbag. It appeared to be something I would very much enjoy wearing out to dinner on an autumn evening. Tory Burch’s was paired with a matching scarf, a pencil skirt, crystal drop earrings and a tote, the perfect non-boring work ensemble for offices where the dress code requires nothing but whatever sophistication means to you. At Oscar de la Renta, the poncho in question resembled a patchwork quilt and looked sensational with red trousers and flip flops.
In short, if you, like me, are a little fatigued of regular jackets and flip flops and are interested in considering other lite-warmth options to keep your core cozy over the coming months, consider a poncho. I’ve already started conducted gentle market research for the both of us, and the prospects are looking good thanks to my go-to treasure trove The Real Real. There’s this Marc Jacobs one which is currently on sale and advertises some very promising gold buttons. This one from Rosetta Getty, also via The RealReal, which I’m obsessed with — though it’s a little pricier. And how could I not give a shoutout to this Lisa Marie-Fernandez lavender terrycloth number? I love terrycloth. Then again, if you’re secretly a fan of Carrie Bradshaw’s (which, now that I’m coming around to ponchos in general, I might be), this one from Trina Turk is almost identical.
Thoughts on ponchos, past and present? Deposit them below.
Photos via Vogue Runway. Feature image from Area Fall ’19.