A Love Letter to the Poncho

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how to style a ponchoDearest Poncho,

Where in the world have you been all my life? I feel like I never knew you existed until a few years ago, and now that I have you in my life I just can’t get enough. As a matter of fact, on this blog I’ve worn several ponchos including this dressy poncho outfit and this Luke Skywalker inspired poncho outfit.

I adore fact that you essentially have no size so I can order them online as often as I choose and you will always fit me perfectly. I can loan you out to a friend, knowing that it will fit her perfectly too.

Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan Poncho outfit-68 Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan Poncho outfit-60Poncho: Forever 21 ($10; similar/on sale for $16; similar) | Hat: Target ($15; similar) | Pants: Forever 21 ($8; exact) | Boots: Target ($20; exact) | Ear cuff: BaubleBar ($15; similar/on sale; another similar pair that’s on sale) | Lips: NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Sandstorm ($8; exact – click here for a review/swatches) | Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

You come in so many shapes and styles, so there’s something for everyone. For the more classic lady, there’s a basic cowl neck poncho. For someone a little weirder like me, you’ve got lots of patterns and tassels to offer. Not only that, but you complement all body shapes and sizes too. Big or small, tall or short, curvy or athletic body type, we can all wear you and feel fantastic!

I love that you can be worn with flats, boots, or even heels. Another one of my favorite things about you, is that you are nice and long so I can wear you with leggings without facing the judgment of the people who firmly believe that leggings are not pants (even though I think they are).

Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan Poncho outfit-61 Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan Poncho outfit-56You know something else I love about you, my dear poncho? I love that I can DIY you and use you as gifts for all of my friends. Even the pickiest lady loves a good poncho, and since you do come in so many colors and patterns, there really is one for everyone. Plus, I get to look awesome because I gave them a homemade gift, when in reality all I had to do was cut up some fabric (shh don’t tell.)

CLICK HERE for my super easy poncho tutorial.

I love how you wrap yourself around me, so I feel like I can slip into a nap at any moment. I’ve lovingly dubbed you “blanket shirt” because that is what you are. You are literally a blanket that I wrap around myself and call a piece of clothing. And if that’s not a blessing to my life, I don’t know what it is.

Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan Poncho outfit-55I fear the day when poncho season is over – your time of the year may be short here in Texas, but we hope to see you again soon after the heat of summer. Once March hits, I’ll have to put you away for a few months, but I promise I’ll feel your warm embrace very soon again. That is, unless I get tired of you, in which case I will probably donate you. Hey, I never said it was unconditional love.

With all my heart,


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