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Article: What is the Difference between a Cape and a Poncho?

the difference between a cape and a poncho

What is the Difference between a Cape and a Poncho?

Capes andĀ ponchos are the perfect alternative to jackets and coats. They give a unique look in both winter and summer. You can adopt a casual style by wearing a poncho with a pair of jeans, or opt for a more chic look by slipping it over a dress.

By misuse of language, the terms "cape" and "poncho" are often used synonymously, but they are really two different pieces with their own characteristics. Continue reading this article to better understand the difference between a cape and a poncho and stop confusing them! šŸ‘‡


qu'est-ce qu'une cape

A cape is a long, loose garmentĀ  that drapes around the shoulders. It looks very much like a shawl and hasĀ neither sleeves nor armholes. Capes are generally hoodless and do not close at the front. They cover only the wearer's back, arms and shoulders. Capes are generally shorter than coats, falling to the hips and thighs.

Capes also have a long history. They were commonplace inĀ medieval Europe. Their origins can be traced back to the ancient Germanic peoples, who wore fur capes to protect themselves from the cold and rain. Capes were also worn by clergy on official occasions, and by kings and knights who wore them in luxurious materials to enhance their prestige.

Today, the cape is a veritable fashion accessoryĀ  in its own right. Many women prefer capes to coats for evening events, because unlike a coat, which wrinkles and hides our outfits, a cape protects and enhances the fine fabric of evening wear.


Qu'est-ce qu'un poncho

Unlike a cape, a poncho has a opening for the head. It also has no sleeves or armholes, and essentially consists of aĀ large square of fabricĀ  with an opening in the center for the head. It often has an additional piece of fabric to act as a hood.

The poncho is a traditional garmentĀ originating from South America. For many years, indigenous peoples have made ponchos to protect themselves from the rain and cold without restricting their movements. South American ponchos are renowned for their bright, festive colors. Today, modern ponchos have the same shape, but are made in different patterns and materials such as cashmere or wool.


In a nutshell, a poncho slips over the head, while a cape is thrown over the shoulders.


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