Autumn is upon us and we’ve already felt the first hints of its approach in crisp morning and evening air. This is the time of year when people take a mental inventory of the warm jackets and cosy jumpers and cardis in their
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What is a Poncho?
A classic poncho is a square or rectangle of woven fabric that has a hole in the center for your head. The material then drapes over your shoulders to cover your torso, your waist, or even extend below your knees for a particularly dramatic look. Ponchos can have either fringed or straight edges. Think of them as wearable throw blankets. What could be cosier than that?
The History of the Poncho
The poncho originated among ancient cultures in the Andes Mountains of South America prior to the arrival of Spanish colonists. The indigenous peoples of Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia are famous for their colourful woven ponchos. The Mapuche
bonanza online people of Chile and Argentina are thought to have brought the poncho to other South and Central American regions.
Some traditional patterns and colours are closely associated with specific regions. And classic ponchos go by different names in different regions, such as ‘Chamanto’ in a small section of central Chile, and ‘Ruana’ in cold regions of Venezuela and Colombia.
Ponchos would go on to become a standard-issue military garment for the US military and the British Army. Clint Eastwood famously wore one in Sergio Leoni’s A Fistful of Dollars and its Spaghetti Western sequels.
Poncho vs. Cape
The hole for the head is what distinguishes a poncho. Capes and cloaks rest across your shoulders with a full opening in the front, and often a hook, button, or tie to keep the garment secure at your neckline. Serapes and wraps have the blanket-like quality of a poncho, but they are draped and wrapped across your shoulders without any closures.
How to Style a Poncho
Wearing a poncho gives you a layered, boho-chic look in an instant. Simply pull a classic poncho over your head and you’re good to go. The process of putting on your poncho may mess your hair a bit, so you can fix it once the poncho is over your head—or you can fully embrace bohemian style and leave it a little mussed.
The Dressed-Up Poncho
For an evening out with friends, or for a date, choose a poncho with a lighter knit to give your ensemble a more streamlined, pulled-together look. Add
nishat linen online colour with a pair of statement earrings or a bold choker that stays visible above the poncho’s neckline. If the poncho is long, try cinching it at the waist with a colourful belt. Tall or over-the-knee boots also pair beautifully with ponchos.
The Laid-Back Poncho
For the weekends, a patterned or plaid poncho in a chunkier knit will keep you warm and comfy as you run errands. Layer the poncho over your favourite long-sleeved tee and slim-fit jeans and you’ll look effortlessly elegant. Add a pair of hoop earrings and a hair scarf for a playful touch.
The Office Poncho
Though the poncho evokes images of mid-afternoon siestas in the shade, it’s actually the perfect layer for work. A patterned or solid poncho takes the edge off stuffy business attire, and you’ll welcome having one on hand if your boss likes to keep the office temperature low through the autumn and winter. Simply wear a poncho over a
changhong ruba led fitted button-front shirt and tailored trousers, and accessorise with a classic watch and bright stud earrings.
Think of ponchos as stylish and distinctive alternatives to jumpers, jackets, and scarves, that mix up your cool weather wardrobe. They can be sophisticated or free-spirited depending on what you wear with them—but they are invariably warm and chic.
The Orvis Kimbridge beat, known as the ‘Ginger Beer’ beat is a world-renowned destination amongst anglers. The River Test is the pre-eminent chalk stream and generally regarded as the birth place of modern fly-fishing. Close to the start of the season, as part of the 50/50 On the Water Campaign we held a day for relatively novice anglers to be able to experience this particularly beautiful and iconic stretch of iconic river.
The 50/50 campaign has been gathering momentum. Originally launched by Orvis in the states, it aims to have 50% of fly fishers on the riverbank women by 2020. The campaign celebrates the unique connection between women and conservation and showcases authentic experiences of real women fly-fishing. However, this is certainly not focussed on women only, but is an inclusive initiative encouraging gender parity.
Kate is deep in thought, casting her line.
On this particular day, women were invited to book and Men were welcome although as a guest of a female companion or partner. The zest for access to this special experience was overwhelming and the day booked out immediately.
What could be more appealing? A day on the bank, in good company, with expert tuition and kit provided by Orvis, lunch from the fly fisherman’s destination, The Greyhound in Stockbridge, prepared freshly and served on the bank alongside the promise of honing your fishing skills and spending the day absorbed in nature.
Richard Banbury, fascinated the group with his entomology talk focussed around a ‘kick sample’ taken from the river bed and Rachael Brady, helped with the instruction. Rachael only took up the sport 4 years ago and is now a keen fly fisher and has
al zohaib even been selected for the English Commonwealth team last year. When she’s not working at Orvis, she will be found chasing fish somewhere in the UK or further afield.
Richard in his element, helping one of our attendees.
Everyone who took part in the day shared inspirational stories of their lives and came together with a passion for the countryside as well as the thrill of learning a new skill and perhaps landing a fish. Several fish were caught that day and friendships were made.
A number of the people who joined us had started their fly fishing journey with a free Orvis fly fishing course. We like to call them the Orvis Alumni and are launching a comprehensive schedule to encourage people to continue to learn about fly fishing. If you think you would like to participate in events similar to this please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to see more pictures from this event or are interested in following more women in fly fishing follow #5050OnTheWater on Instagram and post using the hashtag for us to see all your awesome fly fishing adventures and even be featured on our social channels!