Is it a Cape or is it a Poncho?

Maybe it's my desire to feel cozy or my love of layers but I've been obsessing over ponchos and capes this Fall! Capes and Ponchos are everywhere and definitely one of Fall's biggest trends. They can be statement makers and really add a special touch to any outfit. Taking the place of a jacket, they can keep you just as warm. 

What makes it a cape or poncho is debatable and some interchange the two words. Please just humor me and my definitions, if only for the sake of this post! I like to think of capes as being open in the front and ponchos aren't. 

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Capes are a little more versatile than ponchos. Capes can be worn with pants, skirts dresses etc. There are prints and colors for all different styles. I love this color blocked cape with a pop of red. I recently purchased this black and grey reversible cape and have worn it everywhere! I throw it on before I head out for the day and I'm warm and cozy. It's even gone over my workout clothes when I run errands after a work out. The reversible cape is also available in navy, camel, and burgundy! If you need one on the sophisticated end, I would suggest this black and white plaid one. It can be worn to the office instead of a blazer. 

If you are afraid of these toppers adding extra weight to your look, keep your layers under the cape slim fitting and neutral. You can also add a belt over the cape to show off your shape. 

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Ponchos, while not quite as versatile, are still a great fall purchase! I like to style them with your favorite pear of jeans and knee high boots. The fringe on this one and this one tackles two fall trends in one piece. This cowl neck poncho is a great take on your favorite sweater. The shape updates your typical jeans and sweater look. When it gets a bit cooler, just add a long sleeved top under and you are good to go!

The neutral check print on this poncho makes it a versatile option. It would work equally great with distressed denim or your favorite work pants. The mohair fabric makes it really luxurious, especially for the price tag. 


This weekend you can get 20% off Sweaters and Tops at Anthropologie with code "TOPITOFF". Great time to buy this cape, this poncho or this poncho.

Nordstroms is having their Fall Clearance Sale. You can save up to 40% on some great fall items!!   

Kara Krittenbrink


  1. I love ponchos! They are so comfy, and I agree: They are perfect for fall!
    Happy weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  2. These are all too perfect! They are the best for Fall, so cozy!