If you have followed me for awhile, you know that I enjoy wearing ruanas. (There is no fringe on the ruana. The fringe you see is from the throw over the sofa behind me.)
The ruana originated in South America, and it is like a blanket that you wear. I have them in many incarnations, but this is my first cashmere one. It took about two seconds for me to decide on this piece since I adore this shade of cool light gray and I knew it would go with everything in my closet. It was a gift from my friend Erin at Purple Poppy.
You can wear a ruana in many ways including belted underneath in back and over the top in front, belted over the entire piece, wrapped over one or both shoulders, tied in front or with the panels straight down in front to name a few ways. My favorite is with one panel draped across a shoulder.
You can find the ruana here. Readers of my blog get 10% off with the code “Poppy”. The top I am wearing is the Simple Comfort in black from Covered Perfectly. When you buy two, you get the third free! You can find the top here. The pants are new by Eric from Stein Mart in the Boutique area. The shoes are old by Nine West. The long silver necklace is old by French Kande.
I use accessories and jackets to change the look and attitude of the basics I wear almost every day. This way of dressing saves me tons of money and time. Tomorrow’s blog post will include examples for styling your basics in several different ways to be appropriate for activities from very casual to very dressy. I will share a link to the most recent accompanying YouTube video as well. (You can watch me change clothes very fast!) The post and video have been in the works for a while, and I am very excited to share them with you at last.