A Great & Cozy Layering Option: The Cape / Poncho

7 Jan

In the past, it’s been the classic cardigan as your “go-to” layering option for cooler weather, but set your sites on the poncho (or cape) this winter and spring!  Designers have revived the cape and it has become practical, and not to mention, super cozy! Throw this on over most anything: Skinny jeans, trousers, dresses, leggings…the list goes on! It adds instant polish to even the most casual, thrown together look. Celebrities have embraced the cape as it is the ultimate in ladylike apparel and refinement (below are Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Lea Michelle)

Celebrity Style

Celebrity Style

Lea Michelle wearing plaid cape

Lea Michelle wearing plaid cape

This is a great option to add versatility to your wardrobe, so here are some made in the USA options from the MiUS Collection to give you ideas on where and how to wear these lovely styles:

For Sunday brunch with the girls, go weekend chic! Throw this tribal print poncho over denim with a solid long sleeve tee or blouse peaking out from underneath. Add a bootie and a mimosa and you’re sure to impress!

Tribal print poncho

Tribal print poncho

For work days, this will become your go-to! Take a look at this breathtaking cape, throw it on over tights for a super sophisticated look or your black pants. Did I mention how great the contrast of over-sized and tights or skinny cut pants look!?!?! The over-sized poncho is sure to create an instant SLIMMING effect.  Oh and keep in mind that, if you are wearing a skirt or dress, make sure its a fitted bottom (pencil style skirt) no need to add extra volume at the bottom.

Sequin Poncho/cape

Sequin Poncho/cape

Or Relax a little with this beautiful plaid cape , pair it leggings and flats or Uggs with your coffee in hand, there’s no denying your laid back sense of style. 😉 Take a look at how we re-did Rachel Weiz celebrity style with USA made clothing in one of our previous posts.

Burberry Wool Cape

Burberry Wool Cape

 Whether you decide to pair it with your most comfortable pair of leggings or jeans, your new brightly-hued fitted skirt, or even a cocktail dress, the cape possibilities are endless – just keep in mind these hot tips:
  1. Do not over style yourself when it comes to accessories, including shoes, your handbag, and jewelry, since the cape is such a bold piece!
  2. As I previously mentioned -Pair your chosen cape/capelet/poncho with a fitted bottom since the piece already has a lot of movement, drape, and flow to it – no need to add more bulk!
  3. You definitely don’t have to stick to your everyday go-to shade of black or nude for these. Look for bright colors and trendy patterns like plaid/tartan and tweed, or sequin (refer to options above)!
Now that you are all set in terms of knowing about the trend, and know a few stylish ways to wear your cape, capelet, or poncho…if you are looking to add options, variety and style to your wardrobe in 2013, get yourself a cape/poncho!  They really are one of those pieces you’ll want to have in your closet due to their ease and versatility. And you are in luck, starting today at MiUS Collection, we are running a sale on our USA Made outerwear!  Take 15% off capes and sweaters on the site.  Use code: layering13   Offer expires: 01/13/13
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If you already have a piece, share how YOU style it below in the comments!

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