Charlotte Wiggins, Jean Campbell, Matilda Lowther and Sam Rollinson wearing Burberry Monogram Charlotte Wiggins, Jean Campbell, Matilda Lowther and Sam Rollinson wearing Burberry Monogram © Burberry

Style Slice: Ponchos - in pictures

Soften your approach into the new season with the ultimate in refined autumn layering - a cape, poncho or blanket coat

by 16 October 2014

After a summer of basking in sleeveless dresses with our pins out and not a second layer in sight, it is time to start thinking about covering up once again. Time to pack away our summer wares and unearth those wools, knits and winter favourites in preparation for the colder months ahead.

I for one am more than ready for the new season as it spells a period of pure unadulterated purchasing. My list is already spiralling out of control – the perfect leather knee high boots, oodles of grey and navy, a demure midi skirt, some eye popping primary coloured and arty print separates, something folky and fringed, a modish sixties shift dress and of course a new winter coat...

But we are still at that point in the year when donning a heavy winter coat is a bit of an over kill, yet a cashmere sweater, leaves us all a shiver. So ahead of my new winter coat, which will most likely turn into more than just one (I want a fun and frivolous furry number, a grey mannish variety and a sophisticated and feminine cinched waist option) I am going to invest in another of autumn's finest fashions – a poncho. With a more lightweight feel than a regular coat, a poncho or cape is the perfect piece for this time of year.

Throw it on over your blouse or sweater and you are will not only feel weather appropriate with just enough layering to keep the chill at bay, but will also be instantly transported to the new season. As soon as Burberry opened its AW 14 show with a cape version of its ubiquitous trench and sent its parade of finale models down the catwalk in blanket ponchos, this trend was a guaranteed winner. Saint Laurent also brought the cape into play with its Little Red Riding Hood style capes in wool and tweed while Chloé focused on sublime long blanket coats in pared down pastels.

'Blankoats' as they are now being dubbed are the perfect way to shift from summer to autumn and are ultimate in luxe layering. And they don't require a degree in style to wear – simply layer over your every day work wear, off duty casuals or after dark glam rags for a fresh new look.

See below for the slideshow of key A/W14 ponchos and capes...