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  • Poncho

    Hi girls!

    Ponchos are becoming quite popular over here in the UK! I've seen some girls wear them over here and they look really good with them on, and quite unusal too.

    Well, the other day I finally bought one, but now I'm not sure if I suit it even though I love it I think I may look a bit like an oddball wearing it

    I've attached a piccie with me wearing it. What do you think? Should I keep it or return it? Argh! Decisions, decisions!

    PS: that thing on my shoulder is actually the clothes tag *oops*

    Honest opinions please!
    Last edited by Fantasia; 09-04-2004, 01:40 AM.

  • #2
    Personally, I think the material of the poncho is too thick and its length not long enough to let it cling nicely on your body. So I say, return it!

    I saw this nice one in Actually it's a shawl, but the model wore it like a poncho. (


    • #3
      Hi Candeecake,

      Thanks for your opinion! You've pretty much confirmed my thoughts

      Off to the shops to return it tomorrow! Can always get something else with my money!


      • #4
        I saw this nice one in Actually it's a shawl, but the model wore it like a poncho. (

        this trend is starting in Japan NOW when i was there alot of NEW ARRIVAL clothings are these sorta of poncho (slightly shorter than the pix) its quite cool in fact i bought one there and wearing today!


        • #5
          I think its cool to wear a poncho but I have yet to come across one I like alot.

          If you are working, you can wear it in the office or when you go on flight, its pretty nice to wear one too.

          Just my opinion, I do also think they look better on a slim person.


          • #6
            Hi naughtygirl! :wave:

            I think it's just a matter of finding one that has a good cutting and shape to it Finding a good one is suprisingly hard!

            Some of them make me look like I'm wearing a tablecloth I'm glad I listened to Candeecake on the one I bought months ago because the knit was too chunky and looked really clumsy on me.

            Since then, I've actually tried loads on and finally managed to find 3 really good fitting ones; and have even had some girls come up in the street and ask me where I got it from. So naturally, I was quite pleased with myself

            They're probably one of the most practical piece of clothing I own! Very versatile indeed

            Just keep on trying them out naughtygirl, I'm sure you'll stumble across one you'll like


            • #7
              Emmm, here in Aussie, alot of "Ang Moh" gals like to wear Poncho ...... Mostly becoz they r tall, can "carry" it....

              There r a few Aussie brands like Ray Ray, Sportgals.....sell some very nice & fashinable one

              For petite(mostly) asian women, might need some technique to mix & match w our outfit, otherwise will realy end up look like an oddball or "Ba Zang" (glutinous rice dumpling)


              • #8
                I think in Japan the poncho are more built for Asian women knowing we are not as tall as the ang mohs. And its knitted and light weighted very suitable for Asia countries even if our weather very hot.

                so far I see the ones selling in Singapore are those thick ones but i think the trend in Japan will come to Singapore in no time.


                • #9
                  whr can i get nice poncho in singapore?



                  • #10
                    Hey fantasia!

                    I loveeee ponchos and it'd be great if I could wear them back in London!

                    May I know where you found your ponchos and roughly how much one would cost in London?

                    Are ponchos warm enough for Autumn?

                    Sorry to bombard you with questions again!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pink Angel
                      whr can i get nice poncho in singapore?

                      you can try topshop. i went about a week ago and saw a few there.


                      • #12
                        Hot Trend - Crochet Poncho
                        August 19, 2004

                        For all you fashionistas, this one's for you. The latest trend climbing up the search catwalk is crochet. What's that you grandmother and mother were into crochet back in the 60's. Well in the 'what is old is now new again' category, Crochet anything is way hot. Designers love to take fashions that are outdated and reinvent them for today.

                        You may have noticed some fashion forward beach beauties sporting sexy crocheted bathing suits or on 'sizzling' Halle Berry on the cover of GQ this summer. All season Free Crochet Patterns have been all the rage in our search logs. Well, this week, Crochet Poncho Patterns jumped up 375 percent over last week. This can only mean that the folks making the hottest splash poolside are taking the trend to their fall wardrobe. The must-have accessory this season is the crochet poncho. Fall will be all about the poncho and the total hipsters will be wearing crochet so grab your knitting needles.

                        The obsession of the season surely is the poncho. Crochet ponchos have been showing up in our logs in various materials and colors from pink to chiffon but nothing with the gusto and passion for crochet. One of the reasons for the affection of this retro garment is that it isn't so form fitting as recent fashion trends and can be flattering on any body type. The crochet poncho is definitely the 2004 version of the 1999 hot fashion craze the pashmina. Plus in a romantic pinch a poncho can be used as a blanket.

                        As with any trend, the Crochet Poncho doesn't become a must-have item until celebs are photographed canoodling in them. So when Hollywood stars such as Anne Hathaway, Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff began swathing themselves, the crochet poncho trend was solidified. According to a Toronto newspaper, Duff recently donned one when the fire alarm sounded at 2 a.m. at the condo she was renting. Another tenant reports that Duff's hot pink crochet poncho topped sweat pants and Chinese mesh slippers.

                        There are still some hot summer days left, so on your way to the beach, don't forget your crochet needles.


                        • #13
                          Well, I don't want crochet or chunky. Ideally, I'd like to find something like this locally

                          So far, I've checked out Zara, Mango, and Topshop and have found nothing similar. And Gap won't take my order. Any leads?


                          • #14
                            i saw one at suntec topshop 1 month ago...
                            but it cost $109... so did not get it...


                            • #15
                              Is That a Real Poncho?
                              The hideous new trend afflicting America.
                              By Amanda Fortini
                              Posted Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at 10:46 AM PT


                              Fashion crimes, like many other crimes, begin innocently enough. A few influential designers send a quirky and impractical article of clothing down the runway; high-fashion magazines enthusiastically push it; a celebrity is photographed wearing it; lower-end lines begin mass-producing it; suddenly, women are buying it in shrieking colors and synthetic fabrics, and what started as a harmless act of whimsy has become a widespread aesthetic offense. So it has gone with the poncho?that rectangular piece of material resembling a small blanket, with a hole in the center for your head. The style, now at its apogee, appears both in mainstream stores like Ann Taylor, the Gap, J.C. Penney, and Macy's (which offers 43 options in a ponchos-only department) and in high fashion magazines like Vogue, in which New York socialite Plum Sykes sports a fringed, yellow, off-the-shoulder number, and Bazaar, where a $1,500 Chloe "horse blanket poncho" is deemed one of the season's "must-haves." Recently, during a 20-minute walk in Midtown Manhattan, I counted 18 ponchos?averaging nearly one per minute. Ponchos have become this season's Ugg boots: unsightly and overexposed.

                              Is there anything to like about the poncho? Apparently the look is "comfortable and comforting." Some writers have said that we're in a post crop-top and low-rise jeans moment, in which women are demurely wrapping up rather than baring all. Happily, these fans claim, the poncho "covers all the right areas," hiding the most worrisome midsection figure flaws. They also say that the sleeveless poncho is easy to whip on and off as the temperature demands; and some propound the mitten philosophy?arguing that ponchos are warmer than coats because they trap heat by keeping the arms close to the body. A recent article in the New York Times "Circuits" section, which recounts the author's quest to find a poncho for her daughter online, sums up the garment's appeal even among adult women, "[T]he poncho is popular simply because it's so easy to wear. It goes with everything. One size fits all. It's never too tight."

                              All of these arguments can be dismissed as Poncho Myths. First of all, mature, non-sweatpants-wearing adults can agree that security blankets are supposed to be "comforting"; clothes are not. Ponchos are not "comfortable," either. Try carrying a purse while wearing one: hang the purse over the poncho, the ample underarm fabric bunches up; carry it beneath and it creates a tumorlike protrusion. As for the mitten theory, the real way a poncho resembles a mitten is that both items partially incapacitate their wearer?try fixing your hair, say, while negotiating the poncho's billowing folds. Finally, in response to the easy-to-wear line of reasoning, I have only one question: How hard is it, really, to button and unbutton a coat?

                              So, you can't quite call the poncho practical. And all too often, it just looks ridiculous. Most ponchos you see on the street are flimsy, assembly-line creations of "crocheted" rayon, nylon, acrylic?often bordered by a clumpy, tangled fringe?that make a woman appear as though she is dressed in a doily. These are neither fabulous Mexican handicrafts nor your grandmother's thick, hand-knit works of art. (You know that skill is not required when instructions for creating a "paper bag poncho" can be found on the Web.) And a few words about fit: It's a simple rule of fashion that one-size-fits-all, like elastic waistbands or pantyhose with sandals, is never a good idea. Unless the fabric is exquisite or the wearer excessively thin, the poncho's room-enough-for-two cut, rather than hiding figure flaws, makes most women look bulky and misshapen?like "loose, baggy monsters," to borrow a quote from Henry James. A woman dressed in the sartorial equivalent of a burlap sack isn't fooling anybody. All Things Animated, a cartoon Web site that contains a nostalgic thread on fashion history, aptly remembers the childhood allure of the poncho as "your own traveling fort." Exactly: A poncho makes a woman resemble a massive, impenetrable edifice.

                              The poncho, of course, is hardly a new phenomenon. In the late '60s and early '70s, a ponchoed Clint Eastwood, swaggering through spaghetti westerns, elevated the look; Frank Zappa sang about issues of poncho authenticity in "Camarillo Brillo" ("Is that a real poncho ... I mean Is that a Mexican poncho or is that a Sears poncho?"); and Susan Dey (as Laurie Partridge) popularized the poncho among teenage girls desperate to emulate her laid-back, sleepy-eyed beauty. This invasion of the "South American cloak," as the Oxford English Dictionary defines it, was a symptom, along with embroidered kaftans and macram? belts, of a new American fascination with ethnic clothing and crafts. (Ponchos were originally hand-woven and worn by Incans and Aztecs and later donned by the conquering Spaniards, who, wanting to distinguish themselves from the hoi polloi, preferred unpatterned ponchos to the traditional broad-weave stripes.) After its initial appearance, the poncho largely disappeared until 2002, when designers like Christa Perrin, Mark Montano, and Dolce & Gabbana sent retro versions of the wraps down the runway; it was not long until boho-chic style icons like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller adopted them. In August 2003, Jessica Simpson wore a yellow crocheted poncho on Newlyweds, and in February 2004* Kid Rock pranced about on stage at the Super Bowl halftime show swathed in one made from the American flag. During the past eight months, the trend has spread like a communicable virus.

                              But in the end, the poncho craze cloaks, as it were, a larger issue. As Vogue's Sally Singer recently said, women throughout history have hungered for new forms of the wrap?a lightweight, attractive alternative to the heavy and cumbersome coat. The Victorian cape, the '60s stole, the '90s pashmina, and the poncho are all attempts to solve an old and ongoing problem: how to stay fashionably warm without completely obscuring one's clothes. This means that the wrap's next incarnation is just around the corner. The October issue of Vogue shows "capelets" by Jill Stuart, Behnaz Sarafpour, and Ellen Christine Millinery, suggesting that these minicapes will inherit the mantle. They may make you look like a superhero, but in my opinion, that's far preferable to resembling a fort.

                              Correction, Oct. 14: The article originally stated that the Super Bowl took place in January. It was actually on Feb. 1, 2004. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

                              Amanda Fortini is a Slate associate editor.

                              Photographs of: Jennifer Aniston by Zuma Press; Suzanne Crough, David Cassidy, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Shirley Jones, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey in The Partridge Family from the Everett Collection.