42 In Style

Pack a Poncho


My first poncho was a soft merino intarsia one (worn in this post and on massive sale right now).  The colours in it go with practically everything I own, so it was a really easy choice.  I wore it so often that I got a second one in solid black merino and then this third one in luxurious red cashmere.  I had the matching red sweater (worn underneath) from a previous year, and Winser London gifted me the red poncho/cape at Christmas.  I’ve been very vocal about my love for the specific colour of red called ‘Hollywood Red’ that Winser London does.  I love all reds of course, but to me this shade is particularly clear and perfect, so of course I’m absolutely thrilled with the poncho.

Today, I wore it with a red beret I’ve had for years, and I really like how they look together.  The tartan boots are from Marks and Spencer; I have Sharon from Best Before End Date to blame for that.  She featured them in a post about boots last September and I couldn’t click fast enough to get them!  Please excuse my visible fitbit in these photos (a post on my love/hate relationship with that piece of technology coming soon).  I usually remember to take it off before blog pictures, but we took these right after my son’s school morning assembly and I just forgot.

Last month, I submitted my article for the March 2019 issue of Reader’s Digest UK.  We always write three to four months ahead, which forces me to keep my eyes peeled for new and interesting things on the horizon.  Have I mentioned on here that I write a Fashion column for Reader’s Digest?  I don’t know if I have, but I do and it is something I really enjoy.  According to my (very biased) family, the UK version of Reader’s Digest is better and more personal than the US one, so I mail a stack of copies over every few months.  Anyway, I decided to make the March article all about the poncho, since I’m now such a convert.  To me they are the perfect layering item; just wear something light underneath on warm days, and a warm sweater underneath on chilly ones.  Transitional wardrobe, done.


What I love most about the modern poncho is that there is not even a whiff of the just-back-from-a-gap-year-in-South-America vibe about them.  No fringes.  No llama motifs.  No sludgy earth tones. No rustic boho fabrics.  On the contrary, the right poncho lends an effortlessly luxurious statement to nearly any outfit.  One last thing I must mention now that I am a card-carrying poncho party member is how brilliant they are for travel.  Unlike a cardigan or a jumper, a poncho folds neatly into a perfect little square which fits into my carry-on luggage or handbag, to be whipped out wrinkle-free, when needed.

With springtime ahead (she says, while it is just above freezing outside today), I’m now on the lookout for another poncho; something in face-flattering, lipstick-matching pink or maybe a cheerful turquoise to work well with my current craze for gold jewellery.  Given how much I’ve worn my other ones this past autumn and winter, it will be a worthy and easy statement piece to add to my wardrobe.


This week my post is short and sweet because I am in the middle of writing a short story for NYC Midnight .  My blogger friend Mithra who writes The Bubble Joy suggested I do this.  While it seemed like a great idea at the time, it really REALLY doesn’t right at this minute!  It is a crazy writing contest with almost 5000 writers from 44 countries writing a 2500 word story on a random assignment.  I was assigned Romance, with a central character who is a locksmith, and the subject of the story has to be an invitation.  You get the assignment on Saturday at midnight, and you have exactly 8 days to submit it.  There is a second and third round, but I am certainly not expecting to get that far!  I view this like a marathon; I entered it to participate and challenge myself, not to win 1st place.  So you’ll have to excuse me now, I have some gripping decisions to make about my short story…  The characters I have written do not suit my original ending at ALL, so I have to either totally change the ending or totally change my characters to fit the ending.  I am all at sea, trying to figure out how to write myself to shore, trying my best not to kill off these characters that are perplexing me.  Killing the main characters isn’t the usual thing for a Romance.  Although, it worked for Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet so who knows what today holds for my couple.  I sure don’t!

Outfit details
Beret: Amazon
Poncho/Cape: Winser London
Sweater: Winser London
Trousers: Winser London
Boots: Marks and Spencer (sold out)
Bag: Hermes

Disclosure: Thank you to Winser London for gifting me this gloriously cocooning poncho/cape.  I was under no obligation to post it, but it would be a shame not to!

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  • Reply
    Vanity And Me Style
    January 23, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Good luck with the competition Lisa. You look fabulous in Red

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      January 23, 2019 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks so much lovely Laurie! xx

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    January 23, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Big fan of the poncho, I also have a red one in a similar shade although it has sleeves which I find counter-intuitive in a poncho. Good luck with the short story – sounds an intriguing mission!

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      January 23, 2019 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you Gail! A sleeved poncho? Sounds interesting! I’d like to see that. xx

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    January 23, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Ok now you’ve gone and done it Woman! I wasn’t really a fan, apart from one “poncho” that I always called a wrap, I bought in Milan 18 years ago.
    Until just now….she gasps at the glorious vision in red. Wowzers!
    I want one now ?

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      January 23, 2019 at 2:34 PM

      I’m probably being loose with my poncho/wrap/serape/cape terminology, but they all have pretty much the same effect. They sure are practical and versatile, that is for sure. Go get you one, lady! xx

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    Susan B
    January 23, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    This is a great look and I *adore* that red!! May have to try one of these Winser London ponchos…

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:19 AM

      Thank you Susan! They always have a really good selection, and I’m hoping their spring line will include a few bright colours! xx

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    January 23, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    You look gorgeous Lisa. Good luck with the writing competition. You know how much I adore your writing…

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you Liz; you’ve always been so kind and complimentary about my writing. It means the world, so thank you xx

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    January 23, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Success with the story! I hope you will give is the link!

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:21 AM

      Thank you Nancy! I will if it lets me link to it. xx

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    January 23, 2019 at 10:40 PM

    I’ve never worn red, probably because red lipstick doesn’t look good on me. Perhaps if I had a true red, but blue reds seem to be predominant. Love a cashmere poncho for traveling. Last year I slept in one all the way to Rome. I love Mithra as well and we’ve commented on one another’s blogs for some time… ever since I wrote that I held a dinner party in my bedroom! xoxox, Brenda

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:34 AM

      Have you ever tried an orangey red Brenda? I love those too. Do you wear warm colours well?

      A poncho really is perfect for travelling, like a socially acceptable slanket, really 🙂

      I need more deets on a diner party in your bedroom, and how many people attended especially. xx

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    January 24, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    You look fabulous – lady in red. Why have I not invested in a pair of tartan boots ? Need to be on the look out for a pair now. Good luck with the comp. Jill x

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:35 AM

      Thank you! I think you need a pair of tartan boots; they jazz up pretty much everything, even jeans and black trousers. When I saw them on Sharon’s blog I freaked out. Thank you for your luck wishes too! xx

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    January 24, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Beautiful, Lisa! I love the entire look.
    And your photos show me how much I miss London!

    xx Annette

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:37 AM

      Thank you Annette! I can see you wearing this poncho too. Come back sooooooooon! xx

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    January 24, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    O.k. thank you for feeding my never-ending desire to literally drape myself in cashmere all winter. I do not kid at all….I’m working on that. I remember those darling boots in Sharon’s post! You’ve styled this whole outfit so perfectly……I really adore it. We have some long haul flights in a few months and OH.My.Gosh. I really NEED this little cape in a neutral color for flying! P.S.- might be in your neck of the woods for a few days…..its stacked up w/business meetings, but still…ya never know!
    Also- those writing assignment things give me anxiety just thinking about them! Good luck to you! I bet you’ll do very well. 🙂
    ~Melissa xx

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      January 24, 2019 at 9:26 PM

      Cashmere really is the best thing about winter. I’m so glad Sharon showed those boots! I love them, and like all the M&S ‘insolia’ shoes, they’re wicked comfortable.

      I love these capes, as you can see 🙂 If you are anywhere in my neck of the woods, we are meeting up, even if it means I have to knock on your hotel door at 2:00 a.m. or just walk between meetings with you (no, not weird and stalkery at ALL). xx

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    January 25, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Gorgeous red! And I could live in cashmere if our weather was just a little colder… It’s so breathable that I manage anyway! I find most ponchos too large for my frame, but do love to take one when I travel… So practical!

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      January 26, 2019 at 8:29 PM

      Thank you, I LOVE this colour of red too. Cashmere is such a luxurious comfort, isn’t it?! xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    January 25, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    You don’t fool me for a minute. “Entering the writing contest not to win but to participate”. Hahaha.. you?? Too competitive my dear. Otherwise you wouldn’t have had such a crazy life in the stock industry.
    Your outfit is swell. Sophisticated, modern, nice out-of-the-box touch with the cute boots. And comfortable as well. That will be an outfit you will wear a lot.
    I have a bright pink, more like fuchsia, poncho. The one we got from Hope Fashion, remember? Love it but don’t wear it that often. Haven’t put enough effort in it to style it more ways than with my jeans and over the knee boots.
    As for cashmere… lovely, so lovely. I am just wearing a new, rainbow coloured cashmere sweater (half price in the sale). Cashmere (the real stuff) is about the only wool I can handle without getting itchy.
    Last but certainly not least.. the colour red. You and I share the love for this colour.

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      January 26, 2019 at 9:13 PM

      `Oh, I’d love to progress further than the first round in the contest, but honestly I’ve not written any fiction since high school, so I simply don’t have the ability! I would like to strengthen my fiction muscles though, which is why this is such good exercise. Maybe the next one or two I work on might be good, but I doubt there is anything winning about the story I wrote.

      The outfit really is one I’ll wear often; I feel comfortable and stylish in it… plus a little unique since I don’t see lots of people wearing things like this. Yeah, I had the pink one too but I gave it away.

      I need to see your rainbow cashmere, that sounds right up my street! Thank you, lovely xx

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    January 26, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Hallo Lizzy,

    I really love the look und think, i need a red poncho too! Thank you for this inspiration.

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      January 26, 2019 at 9:09 PM

      Thank you so much, Bettina! xx

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    Little Red
    January 27, 2019 at 3:54 AM

    Now you have me wanting a poncho even though I’m fairly certain I’m too short to carry it off.

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      January 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM

      Funny, when I wrote this post, I was wondering if this would work on you… given your love of red and need of warm layers! A poncho like the intarsia one I wore before which is longer would be much harder than the red split cape one I’m wearing here. It is able to wrap more and hang less, if that makes sense. xx

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    January 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Red is definitely your colour Lisa! Looking stunning against the white stucco. Congratulations on your writing and good luck for the contest. Lots of hugs … xx Abby

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      January 30, 2019 at 7:34 PM

      Thank you so much, gorgeous Abby! I’m sure I won’t progress in the contest, but it is still fun to push myself to do things that terrify me! xx

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    January 28, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    I would say RED is your COLOR!

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      January 30, 2019 at 7:23 PM

      Thanks so much, lovely Elizabeth. xx

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    Best Before End Date
    January 29, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Looking super chic as usual, Lisa. I love that you bought those tartan boots because of my boots edit. You certainly rock them as I knew you would. Thankyou, darling girl xo

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      January 30, 2019 at 7:22 PM

      Thank you, Sharon! The boots are totally your fault and I’m SO glad I discovered them through you. I always think of you when I wear them. xx

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    Suzy Turner
    January 30, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    I’m a bit obsessed with ponchos at the moment. I bought a beautiful blue one just before Christmas and then bought a gorgeous green one from Ireland (when in Ireland, right?!). I already owned a cream one which has got loads of use over the years. They really are so versatile, aren’t they? I ADORE your red one and it looks beautiful on you with the rest of your outfit (those boots…. swooooooon!). Best if luck with the short story. I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly <3
    Suzy xxx

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      January 30, 2019 at 7:20 PM

      So am I, Suzy! I don’t know why I was so late to this party, they really are SO versatile. Aren’t the boots fab, I’m so pleased Sharon blogged them or otherwise I’d never have known they existed. Thank you, love. xx

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    Tracy Patil
    January 31, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    You look fabulous in Red, love a poncho or a wrap, use mine when I travel. Good luck with the story competition!! ?

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      February 1, 2019 at 9:40 AM

      Thank you Tracy! I can’t get enough ponchos, capes, and wraps now. xx

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    Ann in Missouri
    February 9, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Lisa, I’m a brazillion weeks late commenting on this post, but you and that red are meant for each other. It’s like the Dior lipstick true red.

    BTW, I’m wintering in New Orleans this year — taking French lessons at Alliance Francaise, writing short stories again (good for us both!), and enjoying an adult Uptown (not French Quarter) Mardi Gras season. I was just thinking that you and Mardi Gras were also meant for each other. Life in NOLA is just like you … Right Out There! 🙂

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    Bold Colour and Dramatic Flair | Katsington
    June 4, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    […] A red and black outfit with lots of punch. Lisa is sporting black Ponte capri trousers with a V-neck sweater and matching cashmere poncho in a vibrant tomato red. Opting for fitted pants and tailored sweater offsets the volume of the poncho, which has clean lines as Lisa prefers her ponchos streamlined. Our blogger’s delightful pointy-toed tartan booties add patterned pizzazz, while the red beret with black leather trim adds a military-inspired accent. A structured satchel, black sunnies, and red lipstick to match the colour palette are the accessories of choice. […]

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    October 29, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Gorgeous in red! Such a vibrant color!

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      November 4, 2019 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you so much! xx

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