Womens ponchos are a case in point. Ponchos sort of slipped into oblivion in the last 30-40 years with other clothing styles overtaking it for style, comfort and trendiness. Now they are back in fashion and are considered excellent for summer wear especially if you have a bathing suit or sleeveless dress on.
Womens ponchos in particular have that heady formal and casual combination about them and many have taken to it very great enthusiasm. It has indeed been a revival for this forgotten garment and designers are working overtime to present it in a manner that is in line with the fashion trends of today.
The design and the choice of fabric is also of essence here. Crocheted ponchos made of light cotton and in pastel shades are in vogue today. They are being worn at daytime and also make an excellent combination with a dark sleeveless evening dress. The change from the old heavy and blanket style ponchos of yesteryears is very discernible though.
Fashion designers are making use of delicate fabric and are incorporating more oomph into womens ponchos this season. The sexy styles fashioned out of silk, light cotton or embroidered materials are being designed to suit every body type. The advantage with free flowing ponchos is that it can conceal ugly fat quite well. Maybe that is another good reason for overweight women to feel that they are better off wearing these ponchos.
Youngsters have experienced the merits of wearing them on jeans for that casual look. They are also quite happy to wear them over the ubiquitous black evening dress and embellish it with a shining brooch as an accessory. Fashion trends as can be seen on catwalks reflect bohemian styles, ethnic styles and casually elegant cashmere ponchos worn with jeans.
Some of the European designers have reintroduced the shrug-style tied at the shoulder ponchos made out of knitwear and lace. This is the short womens ponchos style being sought to be made popular yet again by these designers. Asymmetrical longer ponchos in bright colours and various geometric patterns are also in trend.
Womens ponchos for winter wear are also being featured very prominently in recent fashion shows. The functional element though is not compromised in any manner even as they are shown combined with casual as well as formal outfits.