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Day 59 – El Poncho

Today’s onedaydress look: Sundrenched Cotton Smock Dress from Ciao Bella Travel, Dotti grey rollneck tee, Forever New floral print stockings, Steve Madden black flats, Dotti grandad (checkered) jacket, Forever New scarf.

One of my colleagues lives for ponchos in the winter. I have never been a fan of them, really, not even the rain shielding ones at festivals – because what is better in life than a dance in the rain?

As you know, the poncho is typical of Central and South America. It has many names, including: Chamanto (Central Chile), Jorongo, Gaban (Mexico), Ruana (Colombia and Venezuela), Zarape and Poncho chilote (to describe a heavy woolen poncho). It resembles a narrow blanket with a slit in the middle for the head to pass through, so that it hangs drapes over the body, leaving the arms free. Some of the high-end ponchos look beautiful, but the pleb ones look as though the owner has taken a picnic blanket, cut a head opening in the centre and hoped for the best. The poncho had its rebirth as a fashionably desirable garment in 2004 and again in 2009 and on the catwalks of Autumn 2010.

K xx



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