but you know what's going on with that cape that never is with ponchos?? proportion. proportion is key and here we see something that accents, instead of overwhelms. i like how it has been paired with a t-shirt and jeans in the pic and i can just as easily imagine it working in the work environment over slacks and blouse or cashmere sweater just as well. it serves a purpose in adding an extra layer for warmth- oh the times i've finagled my pashmina into just such a shape!- while also providing a view of the rest of the outfit in such a way that, dare i say it, creates an elongating effect. and don't even get me started on that flattering cowl neck!
so sorry ponchos, your frumpy lumpy days are over- you have evolved!