Thank you for the recent lovely comments and questions. One emailed question was very appropriate for this time of year. “How do you adapt your classic basics wardrobe for more formal events?” All the following looks include a charcoal gray merino wool turtleneck sweater and a pair of black slacks with black heels.
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If the gathering includes close friends and family for a dinner in someone’s home, I would add a dramatic necklace for a refined casual look.
It’s no secret that I love ruanas. I have several of them and wear them all year round. The beautiful abstract animal print includes blues, grays, tans, and black so the colors will harmonize with most of my wardrobe. This combination would be perfect for brunch or any event requiring a more elevated look.
From the front and back views, you can see that a ruana is an open wrap that rests on your shoulders to give you an elegant, dramatic appearance. These felted wool and embellished silk items will be treasured for years to come.
Drape one side of the ruana across the opposite shoulder for warmth or added drama. I can wear this elegant silver, gray and black version to the symphony or any more formal event, including a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The rain has been falling for days, so I had to move the furniture in my office around to find enough light to take these photos. I hope these examples help you visualize how elevated basics mixed with statement items can help you pull together looks appropriate for any event.
These and several of my other ruanas are from my talented friend Sibel. I met her in 2019 when I shared my first purchase here. Her shop (Cybele) is located at 934 Washington Street West, in Lewisburg, WV. You can reach her at email@example.com. Her Instagram account where you can see more of her work is here. Unfortunately, she does not have a website since most of her items are handmade and one-of-a-kind.