We all know that ponchos are an essential winter item, many women tend to wear this outerwear garment strictly for chilly winter days, while others style them with their favorite casual clothing. It’s no doubt why many brands and designers, including us, are trying to integrate this piece into many possible personal clothing styles, just imagine how comfy and relaxed you are while wearing it all day long. In this article we want to give you a few reasons why we think that ponchos are an essential piece that you should include in your wardrobe.
1.They’re the perfect transition coat: The loose fit makes the perfect summer-to-fall top
2.Ponchos are flexible garments: Versatile in its stylistic, the poncho can be loosely worn during the warmer days, as well tightly wrapped for those colder weeks.
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3.They work in any temperature and in any combination: Throwing a poncho over light-wash denim will create an effortlessly boho vibe.
4.It can be worn both indoors and outdoors : Another advantage of a lightweight poncho is that you can wear it both inside the house as a cozy wrap or outdoors as a fashion statement.
In case you need a little inspiration to know how to wear your favorite poncho, we’ve put together five different ways to style a cashmere poncho in any occasion:
– Occasion # 1 Cocktails: Wearing a poncho draped over your
rang rasiya lawn shoulders is the perfect topper for a little dress and heels. If you are wearing a fitted dress, consider a legging. It will be a nice contrast and keep you looking cool (and feeling warm).
– Occasion #2 Date Night: Wearing a poncho on a date sends a subliminal message to your suitor (and to yourself) that you are confident and cool. Pick a style that you are comfortable in, and in a shape that flatters your figure.
– Occasion # 3 Formal: . – add well-fitting slim cut pants and some heels, and your new go-to outfit is ready.
Occasion #4 Weekend/Casual: The weekends are also a great time to wear a poncho, you can pair it with a ripped jean and some flats for more relaxed look.
They have dozens of names: women’s poncho, serape Mexicano, women’s cloaks, manta, shawl, mantilla, lliqllas, aguayo, gabán, pala, or ruana.
They all describe the same family of garments: a folded piece of fabric (or two pieces of fabric joined together) made to be worn over the head or wrapped around the body. It’s one of the oldest forms of alpaca clothing that exists, with stunning examples of poncho fashion spanning millenia and the entire length of South, Central and southern North America.
Long before Peru and Bolivia were exporting alpaca sweaters, their weavers were hard at work making alpaca ponchos. How long ago? In Paracas, on the desert coast of Peru, mummy bundles dating to 300 BC have revealed incredibly elaborate ponchos and wraps, and by that time Paracas culture had been going strong for 500 years. That’s a fashion trend with some staying power! The designs were usually elaborate embroideries on a plain-weave field, depicting animals, birds, flying shamans and warriors holding severed heads. Many were thought to be ceremonial. The Paracas weavings were made of both cotton and alpaca fiber, indicating trading routes that stretched from the highlands to the desert shore. As is often the case in things Invisible World, textiles were at the center of larger exchanges of culture and ideas.
A thousand years later the Incas continued this fashion trend with brilliant alpaca wool ponchos decorated with complex geometric designs. These designs indicated the status of the wearer and their role in the Inca bureaucracy, and used the full range of weaving techniques: slit tapestry, embroidery, brocade and even tie-dyeing in the celebration of an orderly society. There were even ponchos made of thousands of feathers.
With the coming of the conquistadors and the destruction of Pre-Columbian South American and Mexican cultures, the Native American poncho changed gears and became both a dignified dress garment for mestizos and a utilitarian but gorgeous piece of outerwear for farmers and shepherds. In Mexico, it became the Serape blanket poncho worn by Mexican peasants (and Clint Eastwood). In Peru and Bolivia, the designs continued to vary from village to village, with the colors and patterns of each wearer’s home village instantly recognizable to others of the region. Unlike today’s fast fashion, designs of these traditional Bolivian and Peruvian ponchos changed very slowly over the centuries. In Andean society, men wore ponchos and women wore squares of fabric that they pinned around their shoulders.
What is a Ruana?
The lesser known ruana wrap began in Columbia, where the front of the garment was left open so that the poncho moved more freely and could be used either as a coat or wrapped across the shoulders like a shawl.
This made them even more suitable for use as a winter cloak, or even a delicate lightweight type of shawl poncho. In Colombia, ruanas were worn by both men and women.
With time, woven ponchos developed into knitted ponchos, and became a fashion item reaching far beyond South America and Mexico. At Invisible World, some of our knitted ponchos and ruanas still echo their pre-Columbian origins, while others refer to textile traditions of Africa or creative geometrics. You’ll have to choose which is the best poncho for you. Whatever your decision, you can be confident that this is one garment that will not be going out of fashion anytime soon.