* A famous but dated look comes into the modern age
* Easy, portable way to keep dry
* The effective – but not always stylish – statement piece that’s worth bringing back
Whether you are channeling Hollywood’s western films, like when Clint Eastwood donned the bold poncho in his early western films or you are inspired by Daryl Dixon’s Mexican version he rocked during The Walking Dead‘s gory series, we have garnered a few contemporary takes on the utilitarian classic.
Investing in a portable poncho is always a good idea. Keep one in your car, office drawer or bag so you don’t get caught unprepared when the skies open up. From a translucent Volcom rain jacket for wet days skating around the city, to an alpaca poncho resembling the Old West’s originals, here are four new ways to wear the look.
1. Volcom Rain Poncho
This straight-forward rain poncho from Volcom gets a bold twist with the diamond logo printed up the half-sleeve, giving the dated style a fresh and street-ready look. The translucent material repels water and has high slits on the side so its wearer can hit the skatepark while staying dry. Pair with a fresh pair of high-tops and you have perfected the effortlessly-cool poncho trend.
2. Coofandy Hooded Poncho
This contemporary and fitted poncho is giving us Luke Skywalker vibes but with a thoughtful design very much of the now. With its army green cotton and polyester blend, drawstring hood, and full-length sleeves, this Coofandy version has what it takes to be taken seriously while donning a poncho. The asymmetrical fabric layering in front gives it nice movement and fluidity to be a comfy alternative to a hoodie.
3. Gamboa Alpaca Poncho
Oh, Clint, your Spaghetti Westerns were not lost on us. This alpaca-wool classic poncho is channeling the original with its Mexican-inspired pattern and fringed edges. This is actually a fantastic choice for someone looking for a warm and wearable poncho during trips to the Joshua Tree. With both a hypoallergenic and insulated design, it serves as a stylish and functional addition to one’s wardrobe.
4. Linenlux Rain Poncho
For a more refined poncho ideal for downpours in NYC, we recommend this Linenlux hooded rainjacket style. It is made from quick-drying polyester and designed with heat-sealed seams to keep you dry as you navigate the city. Heck, this rainjacket poncho is so functional for bad weather, you could take it on your next camping trip to keep you bug-free and comfortable in the backwoods.