Great hair, fabulous jetsetting lives and Burberry ponchos emblazoned with their initials — is there anything these stars don’t have? Right now, the hottest trend in Hollywood is a pricey piece that looks like a blanket, keeps you warm like a coat and may require a PhD in model walking to pull off.
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On its best days, a poncho is an advanced style move manageable to only the most confident of fashionistas. Too big, and you’re drowning in it, too small and you have an Ugly Betty effect going on. Add the graphic checked pattern, the enormous initials and the fact that the Burberry style is best worn open (thus making it even trickier to walk in) means that we’re not at all surprised that the first four wearers of this style are either professional catwalkers (Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Cara Delevingne), professionally stylish (Olivia Palermo) of veterans of the Pat Field School of Style Training (Sarah Jessica Parker).
But despite knowing our own limitations, we have to say all four stars make this look pretty tempting. SJP’s doing the laid-back version with skinnies and chunky heels; RHW and OP both default to fall’s other hot, hard-to-pull-off trend (thigh-high suede boots) and CJD got the full runway styling at the Burberry show (not a bad way to pick up your own monogrammed poncho). We’ve got visions of topping sleek black maxis, leather minis and slim-fitting dark jeans with our own personalized number.
Alas, looks like the only way to get your hands on your own is to walk the runway à la Cara — the $1,395 topper is sold out. You’ll just have to use your spare $1,500 to buy a classic trench instead. Or a year of Palermo-worthy blowouts. Or 500 cookies (after which a poncho would really come in handy).
Loving this trend? Want one of your own? Too much monogramming? Share your thoughts in the comments.