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5 Fall Ponchos to Jazz Up Your Jeans

An easy way to take your jeans from average to awesome is to throw on a cozy poncho. Fall ponchos make perfect toppers when the weather is up and down, and it feels too warm for a coat.

From rustic blanket ponchos trimmed in fringe, to elegant, knit ponchos with clean, modern lines, ponchos add a touch of drama to any casual jeans outfit.   Here’s a look at 3 fall ponchos in stores right now and how to style them in a casual, modern way.

Fall ponchos to jazz up Your Jeans | camel poncho with jeans and booties styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

1. Hooded Poncho

Here’s a poncho that adds a lot of pizzazz to a pair of basic black jeans. I am in love with the big flowy feel of this classy, wool camel poncho that would be a dream to wear. The graceful shawl collar gives it an exquisite look, and the beautiful hood makes me think that if this poncho was in red, it is exactly what I can imagine Little Red Riding Hood Wearing. In other words, it’s a classic!

A cream bag and booties pick up on the cream turtleneck and pull it all together.

Fall Ponchos to Jazz Up Your Jeans | Reversible navy and teal poncho with white jeans and top styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

2. Fringe Poncho

If you are looking for a way to transition your summer wardrobe into fall, then this poncho is the solution. Wear your warm-weather whites head to toe with this gorgeous, reversible fringe poncho. Whether you wear it navy side out with the teal lapels showing or teal side out with the navy lapels front and center, this is a fresh and exciting look.  A fall bag in navy balances out all that white.

Fall Ponchos to Jazz Up your jeans | Wine poncho with jeans styled by Fabulous After 40 | Deborah Boland

3. Knit Poncho

Sometimes a poncho is more like a sweater, like this funnel neck knit poncho that slips on over your head like a hoodie. No need to layer under this. You can wear it as is if you like with blue jeans and cute booties. The drawstring neckline and patch pockets give this poncho a sporty, casual feel.

The nice thing about this particular poncho is that some of us at a certain age prefer a little neck coverage to downplay a saggy neck. A turtleneck can be too severe. This is a lovely neckline to solve that problem.

As for the color, I think this rich wine shade is an ideal match with the dark denim. It’s very classy, and the gold bag I’ve thrown in there really pops and makes this outfit!

These 3 poncho looks with jeans are minimum effort, maximum style. Don’t be left out. Have you bought a poncho this fall? Send me a photo. I would love to see you in it.

Ponchos and Wraps - Pink Stripes

4. Blanket Wrap

Vintage-inspired blanket wraps with a Southwest vibe have been hugely popular over the last few years. They typically have lots of texture and fringe, and their muted tones and rustic appearance make them a natural to wear with faded or distressed jeans. This one has a refreshing twist- The fabric and color scheme are lighter and more feminine than most blanket wraps.

You still get that Tex-Mex look and feel but without the heaviness, and there’s a romantic quality to this pretty wrap because of the delicate blush shade. This wrap looks fabulous paired with a basic white turtleneck- to keep the light, airy look going, jeans, and your favorite suede cowboy-inspired booties. ( These are waterproof!) Don’t forget an earthy, casual bag to finish off your look!

Ponchos and Wraps - Beige and Black Stripes

5. Striped Poncho

While some striped ponchos look more carefree and boho,  others like this Karen Kane poncho are a bit more casually elegant. The smoother texture, the knit fabric, and the combination of tan and black give this more of a contemporary vibe.

Pair this pretty wrap with edgy leather leggings, these fab, tall suede boots, and a Tory Burch tote you have a fab city gal look.

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12 thoughts on “5 Fall Ponchos to Jazz Up Your Jeans

    1. Hi Eileen, Every once in a while I like to throw in something I really love even if it is expensive. My readers all have different style budgets. It is a beauty poncho!

  1. I live in Phoenix and I wear a lot of ponchos. I like them much better than a jacket or sweater. I also wear a lot of ruanas. I have them in cotton and cashmere. I think they look chic and youthful. I am 5’4″ and I tend to wear mine with low heeled boots or booties, but I also wear them with nude flat thong sandals. Just bought some great animal print flats to wear with them .

  2. Hi, I’m with Roxanne (above) I’m only 5’1″ and I’d love to wear a poncho but worry it’s too much bulk for my frame.

  3. I can’t imagine wearing a poncho but then i thought i’d never wear skinny jeans when i first saw them. I do know that there were an awful lot of ponchos at winners a week ago, so i’m not the only one hesitating.

  4. I love the look of a poncho but I am only 5′ tall. I feel like a poncho would swallow me. Is it a good idea for petites?

  5. I love the poncho, but alas, here in Phoenix I rarely get a chance to wear one. I will buy one anyway, just in case we go somewhere cooler!!

  6. I’m absolut in love with ponchos like these.
    My fav in your list is the last one from Joie :) but it is a bit tooo expensive for me :)

    Lovley Greets from the edelfabrik 40+fashionblog
    Chrissie

  7. Can you do more stories with photos of casual outdoor outfits. We are campers, spend alot of time in the RV and I am looking for more ideas for outfits that are appropriate but stylish.

  8. For me, it is a teal blue, Land’s End vest. As soon as it starts to get a bit cool, I pull it out. It looks great with jeans, khakis or slightly dressier black pants. On slightly warmer days, I wear it with a shirt or long sleeve T, and on cooler days, I wear a fine knit wool V-neck or a cotton turlteneck. It is about 5 years old, and I wear it constantly in the fall and spring.

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