A poncho? In winter? The notion does seem strange – but ponchos, or “ruanas,” are the new and sophisticated approach to casual loungewear, and I’m loving it. This gem is from Free People and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s easy to throw on over practically anything, be it a coat, a jean jacket, or even a simple sweater. Although a poncho may be harder to style in the cold and harsh winters back east, it is the perfect winter piece for my fellow west-coasters. Ponchos are also something to seriously keep in mind for when the east coast faces the transition into spring!