WIW 10/17-18: SSIF Eileen Fisher poncho

Angie personally recommended this poncho to me, so I bought it at the Seattle Shoptember Ingefest. It wasn't available in regular sizes at the store, so I had it shipped. It just went on sale (25% off because Nordstrom has started doing price matching), so I was able to get the difference credited back to my card. I had been waffling about keeping it since it was kind of expensive at full price, but now that it's on sale I couldn't resist! It's very soft and comfy. It's kind of like my orange poncho (#6) and blardigan (#7) had a love child! I wore it two days in a row, with moto leggings and peep toe sandals to work, and with ripped jeans and flat moto boots for MOTG. Very versatile poncho. And very forgiving (I've gained about 5 lb recently so all my jeans are tight!) The Ugg boots are a SSIF purchase too and very comfy with the fleece lining.

Question: does the poncho look too big on me? It's a size S (normally I wear size 4-6 so the size charts recommended S). Or should I try an XS? I think it's supposed to be roomy but I'm not sure if it's too baggy? The arms and shoulders fit well.

Also: are these all statement pieces? The poncho seems like a statement piece for sure due to the silhouette, although the grey and black is a bit subdued and very neutral looking. The black purse is very much an essential, but the studs make it more of a statement piece. The leggings and sandals could be considered essentials, because they go with a lot of different tops, but they seem to attract a lot of attention/compliments too, so maybe they are also statement pieces. I got lots of comments on the "cool sandals", even more than the poncho. And the leggings are not plain black, they have moto detailing which makes them more of a statement. I think that may be why I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what to wear...even my essentials are statement pieces! I always am attracted to clothes that have some sort of interesting detail, so I tend to end up with more ALGO outfits. Also I love patterns, which automatically makes an item more memorable and more of a statement. This outfit is very neutral and minimal for me (no patterns!), but I still feel like the individual pieces are quite statement-y.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Eileen Fisher poncho
Topshop moto leggings
Topshop peep toe sandals
Vigoss destroyed skinny jeans
Ugg Finney black moto booties

Orange poncho and blardigan:

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  • Nicola replied 5 years ago

    I like it! I'm still getting my head around the statement vs essential thing but I agree that the poncho is a statement piece with its shape. It's a great outfit :-)

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    I love it!! Keep, if just for me lol

  • Jenny H replied 5 years ago

    It looks to me like you are wearing the right size for the new poncho. My eye doesn't see baggy at all. It really looks amazing on you! And so, so comfy, too.

  • thimblelina replied 5 years ago

    Yes it's beautiful & the fit looks perfect. You don't want to lose any length in the drape I would say.

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    It looks great to me but now that you brought up the question I think it's a good idea to try the S and the XS side by side to see which one is best for you.

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    I love this outfit on you GP, and I think the poncho is the right size for you.  If I could wear grey I'd be mighty tempted by that myself!

    "I think that may be why I sometimes have a figuring out what to
    wear...even my essentials are statement pieces! I always am attracted to
    clothes that have some sort of interesting detail, so I tend to end up
    with more ALGO outfits."

    Just wanted to add that I can really relate to what you said here.  The clothes I've bought recently seem to be more statement than basic, as I have a lot of (perhaps outdated) basics, so I am still struggling as well, despite a bulging wardrobe. 

  • marble replied 5 years ago

    This is the perfect oversized look without being too big, in my opinion. It looks amazing on you! I agree with Thimblelina that you would lose length with an xs.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago


    Killer gorgeous beautiful - all renditions. #6 is adorable. We miss you around here. xo

  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh that poncho is sooooo great on you. I love it!  I want one!  You look fantastic in that whole look - such a great easy outfit.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    I don't think it is too big at all. I really like it (but then it is expected if Angie recommended it to you personally, right? :-) ) You wear this style so well and it is perfect for your MOTG style and climate - wear and enjoy!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    That is my issue too, Natalie - statement essentials was deemed a contradiction but I feel that is some kind of hybrid category. Reminds me of my dear friends mother who asks for her steak "between medium-rare and medium".

    Love love love the poncho!

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    All gorgeous imo. Please keep - YLF.

  • frannieb replied 5 years ago

    Love the poncho and like how you are wearing it the two different ways. 

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  • AviaMariah replied 5 years ago

    My first thought was that you should try one size down, just for comparison.  But the top part looks like it fits perfectly and it may just be my eye trying to adjust to the poncho look.  I have this on my wish list too so it's really educational to see it on you because I think we're close to the same size.  That orange poncho is beautiful!!

  • PalmFronds replied 5 years ago

    Poncho looks great, def a statement piece! The color is fab too, very versatile. I agree with others that you might lose length on the xs. With this volume you need some length. I'm crushing on the open back shoes though, right up my alley!

  • Glory replied 5 years ago

    Oh this looks so wonderful on you - my vote is a definite keep!

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