Having a Moment

13 Capes & Ponchos We Love

Affordable Ponchos & Stylish Cape Silhouettes at All Price Points
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Ponchos are the kinds of pieces in my closet that I reach for time and time again as soon as the temps drop.  They’re a sure thing; they’re cozy, on-trend, and they have that ability to elevate even the most basic of outfits when I’m rushing out the door to grab drinks with friends.  I love that finding affordable ponchos is easy too…I don’t have to break the bank to nail the look. 

Below, I’ve rounded up more than a dozen styles of ponchos and capes at ALL price points. If you’re on the fence with wearing ponchos or capes, some great under-$100 options are the ones to note. (This plaid one may be the best of the affordable ponchos I’ve found.)  But if you know you love ponchos and capes like I do, and you’re looking to invest in a timeless cape silhouette, you’ll probably be just as smitten with this Ted Baker London camel cape, and of course this Burberry beauty (a girl can dream, right?!).  Cheers, Kat

Leisl Chain Collar Cape

Ted Baker London, $395

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Snatch up this classic cape silhouette from Nordstrom while you can.  You’ll be reaching for this warm piece the second that the temperatures drop.  With a wool and cashmere blend, this cape has that refined feel you expect from a wardrobe staple like this. 

Cara Cashmere Cape

Iris & Ink, $225

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100% cashmere and 100% cozy. This structured cashmere cape is a timeless sweater of the very best quality. The arm slits with ribbed trim provide perfect layering lines; pair this piece with your favorite blouse and leather leggings for a killer look this winter. 

Plaid Poncho

BP, $39

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I love this plaid poncho (and its low price tag of only $39!). I think it’s a great find at a fraction of the price of similar styles. It’s lightweight and soft, making it the perfect everyday piece.  I’d go so far as to say that it’s very likely to turn into favorite part of your cold-weather uniform. 

Knitted Sweater

Michael by Michael Kors, $215

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We found it: a cozy sweater that you’ll want to wear every. single. day.  Made of wool, cotton and alpaca in a poncho-style silhouette, it’s the coziest of cozy options that’s still nice enough to wear out of the house.  The chunky ribbed collar can also be removed, making it extremely versatile. 

Colorblock Cape

BCBG, $78

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This colorblock cape is a great affordable option for the classic vintage-inspired cape silhouette, priced right under $100.  With a front hook-and-eye closure, it’s also available in two other color variations. 

Dennington Trench Cape Coat

Burberry, $1,995

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This style is simply stunning. There’s no denying that this trench cape coat by Burberry is a timeless investment piece (if you can stomach the price tag). Just remind yourself that you’ll have it for years and years to come; it’ll never go out of style. I especially love its short sleeves and classic camel coloring…it has the ability to elevate even the most simple winter outfits. 

Striped Merino Wool Wrap

Rag & Bone, $350

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I have all the heart eyes for this beautiful merino wool wrap by Rag & Bone. I don’t know if I can justify the price point just yet, but I know that it would be a piece I’d reach for all season long.  The muted color palette and stripes are great cold-weather neutrals, and the merino wool promises a cozy, warm fit.  

In-Check Turtleneck Poncho

Michael Stars, $88

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This easy grey poncho is another great buy under $100. I’d encourage this piece to anyone who’s on the fence for the poncho & cape trend…it’s a simple basic that goes with just about everything, while its asymmetrical hem and sharp black in-check detail adds interest. It would look fantastic with an all black get-up, don’t you think?

Ribbed Cashmere Poncho

Halogen, $248

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A gorgeous wardrobe essential, this oatmeal-colored ribbed poncho will be worn on repeat. Though it is a bit boxy, it’s a super cozy style that drapes in the most flattering way over your favorite shirt or blouse. And since it’s made of 100% cashmere, you know it’s a good buy. 

'Varsity' Stripe Fringe Wrap

Rag & Bone, $395

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Here’s another beautiful wrap by Rag & Bone this year; it’s easy to see that this fringe rendition will make for a fool-proof classic this fall. It’s made of 100% wool, and sports a retro-varsity style pattern. 

ASOS Color Block Cape

Asos, $61

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Asos for the win for a colorblock cape that looks a lot more expensive than it is (it’s only $61!). It feels like wool (it’s actually a poly-viscose blend), and has faux leather trim detailing. The oversized fit allows it to drape over the body to create the classic cape silhouette. I think this would make a great option for a festive outdoor event this fall! 

Lightweight Dual Stripe Poncho

GAP, $99.99

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Gap gives us a nice, soft lightweight stripe poncho (that happens to be on sale!). It hits a bit lower than the rest of today’s picks, reaching the mid-thigh with the sides longer than the rest. 

Yuma Woven Poncho

Amuse Society, $44

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I just picked up this beautiful woven poncho…I love its boho-inspired details and style.  It’s a cotton-blend, allowing some wears this fall before it gets too cold. I went ahead and ordered a size down (I have a hard time with sizing on Revolve and I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be a good move). 

Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha originally posted here

The Ten Best Leather (& Faux Leather) Jackets At Every Price Point

Everything You Need To Know For Choosing The Best Leather Jacket
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The best leather jackets at all price points, @waitingonmartha

A good leather jacket is what I consider one of those “Forever Pieces” in any wardrobe.  I’ve gushed about my all-time favorite black moto jacket (pictured above) here on the blog before, and nothing has changed. I throw it on with my current favorite boyfriend jeans any day of the week, and I also love to pair it with a dress to add a little edge. 

And as you know, I’ve added a navy leather jacket to the rotation, which is just as good (if not better) than I had dreamed it up to be.  I have a feeling my leather collection will only continue to grow (I’m basically obsessed).  But since I turn to these pieces time and time again when getting dressed, so I know it’s worth it. 

Maybe the most pleasant surprise of all this fall, though, is that the faux, vegan leather jacket options seem to be just as good.  Anyone else notice that too?  I picked up a killer faux one at Zara recently, and Kat loves hers from Abercrombie & Fitch (!). It’s great news for all of us who don’t want to break the bank and feel guilty about adding to our growing stash, whether it’s the first or fifth in the collection.  Find our top picks for leather jackets at any price point in the list below, and tell us: have you found your go-to leather jacket?!  Truly, MKR


Cargo Leather Biker Jacket

AllSaints, $540

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I’ve had this lamb skin leather jacket for years, and I know I’ll have it for a years to come.  The tanned leather gives it an incredibly comfortable fit, relaxed enough for both everyday wear and nights out on the town. I especially love the quilted moto detailing that gives this jacket its edge.  I sized up for a looser fit, so I suggest considering what size will ensure it’s a “Forever Piece” for you too. 

Zip Front Leather Biker Jacket

Bernardo, $259.90

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With long sleeves, a cinched waist and stand collar, this camel leather biker jacket is ready-to-wear cool.  It’s a steal, too, for genuine leather at an affordable price.  When the price tag goes down, typically the comfort (read: movability) does too.  But that’s not the case with this jacket; it has knit under-sleeve panels that really let you move. The camel color is classic, and it’s one you’ll be pairing with all your favorite #OOTDs this season and the next. 

Faux Leather Biker Jacket

Abercrombie & Fitch, $140

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I know what you’re thinking, Abercrombie & Fitch hasn’t been cool since junior high.  But this faux leather jacket makes a strong case for you to reconsider.  Kat recently snagged this find on crazy discount ($70) and has received dozens of compliments on it after only two wears.  The jacket’s faux leather is great imitation quality, and it feels soft and comfortable to wear (most faux leathers can feel a bit waxy and stiff, so be sure to try on before settling on your purchase). A&F FTW, friends. 

Atkinson Leather Biker Jacket

AllSaints, $540

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Another classic style from AllSaints, this soft lambskin jacket is made for a fitted look. Zip cuffs and buckle detailing add interest, while the stand collar gives it a sharp, sporty feel.  It’s available in “Battle Brown” and “Slate Blue”, two unique colors that will be sure to set you apart from the rest.  And again, you know you’re buying a “Forever Piece” when it’s coming from AllSaints.  

Biker Jacket

H&M, $49.99

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This fitted biker jacket from H&M has soft faux leather with the same quilted details you’ll find on jackets triple and quadruple its price.  Though, emphasis on faux; the thing can be machine washed (crazy, I know)!  This jacket is a great option for someone looking to nail the moto look without breaking the bank, or someone simply wanting to add another piece to their growing collection of jackets.  Keep in mind that the material will wear a bit stiffer than real leather. 

Washed Leather Motocycle Jacket

Madewell, $495

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This washed leather jacket is the perfect “throw-on-and-go style”, making it one of our top picks of the bunch; it reminds me a lot of the AllSaints options with a smaller price tag. The jacket is super soft, as it’s been crafted from “rose-petal-soft and gently textured leather” and cut to perfection. It gives the feeling of being perfectly worn-in…which is priceless in my book. 

'Breck' Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Cupcakes & Cashmere, $86.98

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This faux leather jacket in “Bone” is a steal for the price (marked down from $145).  The soft color paired with the moto detailing and sharp shoulders creates the perfect juxtaposition between feminine and edgy.  Keep in mind, however, that this style is boxy – so try it on in-store if you can. The sleeves fit long, while the torso is a bit shorter than pictured.  The jacket is also available in a matted black. 

Quilted Leather Moto Jacket


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This beautiful quilted moto jacket nails the leather look.  Soft, luxurious real leather, cool details with a timeless finish and pretty affordable price (for a “Forever Piece”).  This jacket from Nordstrom was our top pick for a middle-of-the-line option that doesn’t sacrifice style or quality. The looser fit allows for you to move throughout your day and night, all while looking effortlessly cool. 

Collection Leather Motorcycle Jacket

J.Crew, $550

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I finally called this navy leather jacket mine this year, as I shared in this post on the blog. I am absolutely obsessed with the rich, buttery leather in cool navy, and I love the oversized lapel detail.  The fit is great too; a classic cut that’s not too tight and not too loose.  I sized up a size to ensure that it can be worn on top of sweaters and thick shirts. The jacket is also available in “Moroccan Sand” and Black.

P.S. It’s on sale right now (and if not, it will be again!) so be sure to snag it at 30% off while you can. 

'Easy Rider' Faux Leather Moto Jacket


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We found it: a pebbled faux leather jacket that looks good with just about everything. This slim-cut jacket comes in four on-trend colors (good luck trying to decide on one). The lapels snap down, helping the jacket drape effortlessly as you rock it all day long. This is an ideal option for someone looking to add a unique color to their leather and faux leather collection. And under $100, the price cannot be beat! 

Featured image, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha 

A Blanket Scarf for a Cause with Talbots

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According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. Two minutes! That’s a scary statistic that none of us can will away. With stats like that I can assume we’ve all known someone close to us that’s struggled with breast cancer. I myself have had two friends (one very young) who have had  breast cancer. Fortunately, they’re both in the clear now, but both ;fought the fight and had double mastectomies. 
Breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) does not discriminate by age. I’m always harrowed by the news of friends, like the one I spoke of above, in their twenties that get the results they never expected. Self-examinations are key in early detection, and annual visits to doctors can play a huge part in stopping the cancer before it spreads. & Fortunately, women in their mid thirties are now allowed to get preventative mammograms which are generally covered by most insurance. Having had my first mammogram this year I can attest that there’s no reason to be scared during the exam so please don’t let that be the reason you don’t make an appointment.
But let’s get to today’s post, which I’m sure you’re wondering by know what it has to do with breast cancer? With October right around the corner, I’m thrilled to partner with Talbot’s and the National Breast Cancer Foundation during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through the entire month of October, Talbot’s is giving 20% of the net proceeds of its Pink/Rum Raisin Blocked-Stripe Blanket Wrap to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to help in research for early detection and education.

It may still be blazing hot right now here in the A, but the minute it cools down, I’ll be bringing this blanket scarf out. Like I mentioned, breast cancer has scary statistics that can’t just be willed away. Instead, we can join together and support a great cause like Talbot’s campaign with the National Breast Cancer Foundation that enables research and progress to help our sisters, mothers, colleagues and friends. And besides everyone loves a good blanket scarfTruly, MKR


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