Bear with me — I’m getting a little radical over here.
After weeks of browsing both online and in the stores, I’ve decided to forgo the initial puffy, down coat purchase. The idea of coughing up several hundred to look like a marshmallow just doesn’t appeal. At all.
I realize the practicality that’s at stake from this decision –it’s gets effin’ freezing in NYC. But really, how many days are that cold — the ones that go into the teens and below? Just a few. I’m going to fix up the lining on last years boring, black down park and bust it out when it’s 10 degrees.
And on the other days…when it’s a balmy 30 or above (this is the radical part) I’m going to wear a poncho with a super warm base layer. (I’ve got my eye on this for underneath.)
I realize this is a different direction to take for the classic winter coat. But I’ve always loved ponchos– they’re comfy… like snuggling up on the couch with a blanket. Plus they remind me of my grandmother, who knit me one when I was small.
It’s a statement– I know.
5 Ponchos To Snuggle Up With When It’s Not So Cold
BARRIE Fringed Cashmere Poncho at brownsfashion.com
The key to pulling this off is a thin, but effective undercoat though I’m thinking it’d be best to store this one away at temps below 40.
Basketweave Poncho by GREI at stevenalan.com
The kimona shape to this one lends a bit of zen.
Colourblock Check Blanket Poncho by Burberry
This is how the poncho is done on the high end spectrum.
Reverse Raven Trench Cloak by Lindsey Thornburg
Ok, technically this is a cloak – it has sleeves — but the feel is similar. And I’m diggin’ it.
Club Monaco Angelica Poncho
And for those days I don’t feel like getting out of bed — > it’s this.