A preview for their new line of ponchos
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
T-shirts, sweatshirts, and leggings are common among Internet-savvy fashionistas. Pretty much every independent fashion line has picked up on the desirability of these casual favourites, but what if you’re in the market for something a little different? FieldCandy, best known for their adorable line of graphic printed tents, has recently announced that they’ll be launching a line of ponchos.
What’s a poncho, you might ask? You know those tent-like configurations people sometimes put on their bodies when it’s wet out? They look like a hybrid between a garbage bag and some musketeer-inspired cape? Well, that’s a poncho, and although the image of them doesn’t immediately invoke “fashion,” they are pretty handy to have around. Ponchos are thin, lightweight and ensure complete 360-degree coverage so you don’t get wet. They’re especially popular on camping trips or at outdoor festivals when trying to shove that extra raincoat into your backpack just seems like more effort than it’s worth.
FieldCandy seeks to change the unstylish image of the poncho by incorporating the same high quality graphic print technology they use on their line of tents and sun shades into the construction of this underappreciated outerwear marvel. Their hope is that by using some of their fan-favourite patterns—such as “what a melon,” a print that makes you look as refreshing as a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day, and “snug as a bug,” a look inspired by a cozy patchwork quilt—they’ll break up the monotony of the garbage-bag-like poncho scene, and inspire a whole new crowd of people to embrace the caplet.
The ponchos will come in two sizes, one for adults and one for children, and will be available in a plethora of varying prints and patterns. The only downside will be the price. Though American and Canadian prices have yet to be announced, FieldCandy has stated that the ponchos will sell for approximately £40, which roughly translates to about $74 CAD. Now, that’s pretty steep for something that’s essentially a body sack you throw over yourself in times of need. But we do live on the West Coast, where good rain gear is a staple in any Vancouverite’s wardrobe.
Only time will tell if the quality of FieldCandy’s new line will live up to its big price tag. As of now no firm date has been announced for the line’s release, but FieldCandy has committed to a summer 2016 launch—just in time for festival season.