As a fashion blogger, I love to learn the history of the pieces I wear. It allows me to appreciate the art of fashion and acknowledge that each piece has its own story.
The history of the poncho is very intriguing. The Machupe people were highly skilled weavers that created the ponchos in what is known today as Chile and Argentina. The poncho is also linked with the Mexican culture. Different ponchos had different connotations in society. For example, the stepped-diamond motif was only worn by older men, leaders, and male heads of the family. It represented authority.
Lavish ponchos were only worn by men. Women now are recreating their own techniques of how to style their ponchos. Learning about this reminded me when women weren’t allowed to wear pants and how women like Susan B. Anthony wore bloomers as a statement for advocating women’s rights. Even the history of fashion shows how women had to fight for their rights to wear what they want. Now every time I wear a poncho, I remember how other women had to start the revenge of the ponchos so I can wear it.
Let’s talk poncho details!
The poncho does most of the talking, so I decided to let it stand out by pairing it with a black t-shirt underneath with black jeans. As you can tell by now, I wear black to make any extraordinary piece stand out. I wore suede beige heels because I think heels and ponchos pair well together like wine and cheese!
Poncho: H&M ($19.99)
Jeans: H&M ($19.99)
Heels: Macy’s Alfani ($32.99)