This was the first poncho wearing concept I came up with, and probably the most realistic for my mother. Instead of opening the poncho up into the square, I left it folded into the rectangle and draped the poncho, just like a shawl. I threw a belt over the fabric, because it just needed something to hold it in. The idea is simple, and boy was it warm. I loved this look, and I really loved how it covered almost my entire shirt. What a great excuse to wear a simple shirt underneath. With this great item over-top no-one would be the wiser.
I decided to get a little fancy with this concept and added a broach to help hold it all together. I opened the poncho into the square and placed it on my shoulders using the designated ' head hole' spot. From there it was a simple toss of the fabric on my left hand side over my right shoulder, and a pin to keep it all in place. I choose a cameo broach I've had for quite awhile, but this look could easily be accomplished with a pin of any sort. I even searched my jewelry box hoping to find a big safety pin, perfect for pretending to be a kilt pin. No luck, but I did enjoy the little bit of glitz this pin added to the otherwise weighty material.
This unexpected look was my personal favorite. I ago put the poncho on using the head hole as a guide and from there started playing with the excess fabric on each of my arms. I decided to 'tie' the two sides together forming one knot of fabric in the middle and two hanging ends. Instead of leaving the extra fabric hanging I through on my belt right over what was left. This helped to keep everything in and gave the chaotic look a bit more definition. This look was a bit unexpected, and frankly for as simple as it was to do, the final look was hard to understand. Poncho's tend to be left very drapey and I loved how confusingly pulled together this look became.
What's a girl to do with tons of fabric but tie it around your waist? I couldn't get past the fact that this material resembled a great kilt. If it were green I would have declared my Irish pride and only wore it around my waist. I didn't think my ancestor's would be too upset to see my showing my Scottish support and so I folded the poncho back into a rectangle and draped it around my bottom half. In fact I didn't use anything to hold the two sides together but my belt, and a little pin. The material is heavy enough to hold itself relatively together with just these well placed accessories. More importantly this skirt was warm. So warm. You can't tell in these photos but it was frigid outside, and it was nice to have a warm tush for a few moments. I imagine this poncho would make a great skirt if paired with knee high boots and a simple top.