Insider Shopping: It’s a Wrap!



Call it a cape, a poncho, or a cloak. No matter the name, it’s the hottest thing in outerwear this season.


Rhonda Sargent Chambers wraps up her top picks, after the jump.












Also known as wraps, wrap-vests, cloaks, capes, and capelets, my preferred term for this season’s top trend in cover-ups is ‘poncho’. It just sounds so boho chic! Fabulously effortless, these last-minute toppers will become staple items in your winter wardrobe.


When it comes to shopping, it’s easy to find ponchos in Nordic or Navajo-inspired prints. But what if we dig a little deeper? This week, I also looked into creative, unexpected fabrics and styling.


And speaking of the unexpected, do not limit your pairings with a poncho. Sure, they’re ideal for casual wear, but they can also be dressed up for the evening with a flowing maxi dress or even a cigarette pant.


With this versatility in mind, let’s proceed with my picks.




1. Practically military, I love the slash pockets on this L’Agence tweed cape from Saks Fifth Avenue ($425).















2. Tangerine will be one of the favored colors for Spring 2012.

Wear this mohair blend poncho by VPL from Barneys New York ($395) right now to show your forward-thinking fashion sense.














3. This rockin’ Anna Sui beaded capelet ($710) from Net-a-Porter is also perfect both now and later, featuring opulent ‘20s-era detailing.














4. Gently-priced and comfortable, this vintage sweater poncho ($109) from Urban Outfitters combines fringe, a rope tie waist, and red embroidery.















5. Finally, a ‘70s-style poncho top from Forever 21 ($32.80) is a steal. It’s available in the orange and brown shades shown, as well as a green-toned knit.












(Photo credits, from top: 1., 2., 3., 4., 5.


Rhonda Sargent Chambers

As a model, instructor, and speaker, Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been a respected figure in the fashion community for over 30 years. In addition to her work with Dallas’ Kim Dawson Agency and top international modeling agencies, she produces fashion events through her company, RSC Show Productions. Some of Rhonda’s notable clients include NorthPark Center, Macy’s, The Dallas Opera’s First Night Red Carpet Gala, and Fashion Group International’s Career Day. Rhonda is also a regular contributor on the subjects of fashion and style to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and