After Nick and I shoveled some warm apple crisp (with vanilla ice cream, of course) into our faces, a sweet lady came up and said she had to know where this sweater was from, because it's so darn frustrating finding ponchos for a shorter frame! I feel her pain, as the nature of these pieces is already roomy and oversized, so finding ones with the right length and amount of volume is key. I came across two so far this season that I love - I'm sharing the thicker one of the two today, and will be posting the other in a bit, so stay tuned!
This poncho sweater from Maison Jules fits nicely on my frame in XS regular. I paired it here with many of my old favorite pieces from years past! The sweater hits at my hips, and the sleeves are shorter plus can also be pushed up if you want to show off a patterned tee underneath. Most poncho sweaters actually come in grouped sizing like "S/M" or even "one size fits all" due to the unstructured style, so it might not hurt to try a size up if yours is sold out. The website says it runs big, but I think that's just referring to the overall roomier poncho style fit. Compared to ones I've tried from other brands, this felt true to size if not on the smaller / shorter side.
Macy's has free ship for orders over $99 and free return shipping on those orders. If you're looking to meet that minimum, here are two other pieces that looked promising online (I haven't tried them on myself):
- Open-toe booties that are a highly-reviewed dupe for the Steve Madden one's I'm always wearing!
- Block-heeled pumps in gold - these are the same versatile, hard-to-find bronze / gold color as the Kate Spade ones I have from years ago. I wore them for a recent photoshoot and loved them!
- Block heel suede booties - another find from a recent shoot, these are a good quality dupe for designer ones over 4x the price, and were very comfortable given the heel height. I take size 5.5 in Marc Fisher.
- 3/4 sleeve knit blazer, starting in xxs. I love a good knit blazer, and usually look for 3/4 length sleeve designs when shopping regular sizing to avoid too-long sleeves.
- Windowpane A-line skirt in 2 colors, starting in xs. This looks very similar to my skirt from last year which I absolutely love (see on me). In comparison, this version looks shorter and less voluminous, which helps make it more work-appropriate. One difference is the waist on this one is not elasticized like last year's, so it might not run as small in that area.
As Fall is in the air, I also wanted to mention LOFT's 40% off sale (no code needed) right now on most of their Fall pieces online. They have some great basics like their flattering, machine-washable utility blouses (see the bow tie-neck version reviewed on me), and this cute layered-look sweater that's very similar to an older one I have.