The poncho is one of fashion’s most functional pieces, serving as a cosy shield against the elements. But its volume can make it tricky to wear, so remember to balance your proportions. As seen at Chloé, MSGM, Gucci and Burberry, the best way to wear it is with straight-cut pants and high heels. If you dare to brave the cold, team it with shorts and thigh-high boots. Not for the faint-hearted, this dramatic yet classic style can also be a chic way to keep dry when monsoon season hits.
Olivia Palermo goes for romance with a floral version paired with a pussy-bow blouse and leather pants.
Rita Ora braves the rain in a logo-emblazoned poncho with a practical bucket hat and functional boots.