"> Winter Outfits: How to Make a Poncho or Cape Look Sleek

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Poncho/Cape + Stripes

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Winter outfits with a pop of color. Try black and white with a bright beanie.


*Will this outfit work on your body type? All my outfits emphasize flattering an apple shape -wider shoulders/narrow hips. In this picture I am 5’1″ and starting to show my baby bump. I am petite and also have a high waist and short torso.


Add a poncho or cape to your winter outfits

I’ve always thought it difficult to wear a poncho or a cape as an apple shape. With an already wide upper body, I felt the poncho would look like a potato sack on my body. Capes seem to always come cropped so that would scare me off. My goal is to elongate my torso, not shorten it and make it look wider.

My solution to making this poncho/cape work (still not sure exactly what the difference is) was to get it in the color black (most slimming) and to pair it with a longer striped top to add width to the hips to balance out my apple shape. I made sure to find a poncho/cape that wasn’t too long. The cropped length makes this piece more wearable because I’m able to see my shirt peeking out in my hip area.

I’ve found with winter outfits, the simpler it is the better. I can easily add too much bulk when I’m layering so I kept it simple by wearing all black on my bottom half. The pop of color in my beanie keeps this outfit from looking boring.

Where you can get items similar to what I’m wearing

These black boots helped me stay on my feet for eight hours straight when I was a makeup artist for three years. Naturalizer is my go to boot brand for comfort. I’m wearing the Jersey boot. 

I always recommend a high waist legging in a thick fabric like this one. 

This classic black and white long sleeve scoop t-shirt in a stretchy fabric is one of my favorite all season pieces. Here’s a similar one only available in small. The perfect striped long sleeve top that’s long enough and has a scoop neck is really hard to find.

Here’s an array of gorgeous black poncho/capes I love:


And here are some great red beanie options:



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  • tips for choosing each piece specific to flattering your shape
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