Oak Wren Cowl Neck Poncho – Review

Several weeks ago now the talented Juliette of Oak Wren Studio sent me a very beautiful cowl neck poncho to review. Unbelievably, we’ve had a spell of glorious sunshine and a full on heat wave almost ever since and I simply haven’t had much call to wear it!

However, now that things are cooling down a little, I’ve been able to use it a bit more and I have to tell you I’m loving it.

I’ve never considered myself part of the target market for a poncho, as I’m usually more at home in a hoodie. But honestly it’s become invaluable. I can throw it on over anything, the loose form hides me on days I don’t want to show myself, but the colour and drape of the fabric feel incredibly glamorous. It is definitely an item of clothing that makes me feel good.

It’s cosy, and comforting, but timelessly stylish with it. Such a great item of clothing and now I’m wondering how I lived without one.

Rosie also likes to pop it on and twirl round the room “like a princess mummy.”

This cowl neck poncho is made from Honeycomb Loom Midnight fabric – another of Juliette’s projects. It really is perfect for this garment. The poncho came to me in loom state, and although it felt absolutely fine, it did feel softer after a wash and iron.

I checked this poncho all over, and as expected, the workmanship is exquisite. Juliette is a master of the sewing machine and no doubt. There is not a single stitch out of place, and every hem is perfectly parallel to the others. It’s perfect.

I did really struggle to photograph this fabric, I’ll be honest. It’s a very deep, rich blue – Midnight is the perfect name – but it has depth to it. It’s a classic and elegant colour, with a subtle sheen in certain lights.

In summary, I was not a poncho person but oh my days I am sold. What makes this discovery even sweeter is the knowledge that Juliette can convert well loved woven wraps into beautiful ponchos, capes, and cloaks – meaning wraps can be repurposed long after the wrapping has ended.

And guess who has a whole bunch of wraps, and rapidly growing children? This girl.

I love this poncho so much it’s staying. You need one too. Look them up on FB or check out the website here: http://www.oakwren.com

Let me know what you go for!

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