I am writing to you from my office in Lexington, wrapped snug as a bug in a blanket and doing my best to warm my shivering hands as I type. That’s right! Here in the Carolinas, a cold snap has come our way, bringing the chill of winter to the rolling hills of home.
I welcome the change in weather, because it is finally time to pull my favorite accessory from the closet. As warm as a blanket (but with much more style and structure), the ruana offers multiple looks in a single piece. Illustrated above, choose from one of my three favorite styling tips:
- Leave it open and draped in the front for a more dressy and sophisticated look.
- Choose a novelty closure, belt, or brooch to add extra detail and structure.
- For a casual (and warmer) feel, throw it to the side.
For any of your ruana selections, layer it with a basic white button down blouse or an easy fitting sweater and pair a slim jean or pant to complete the look. With multiple ways to style this piece, you will enjoy the warmth and versatility of a ruana all (chilly) season long!