Have you heard of a Ruana? You’ve definitely seen this blanket style wrap, maybe you even have one in your wardrobe. If you don’t, you should! It’s such a great piece, especially this time of year. A Ruana is not quite a cape and not quite a poncho. It’s the perfect in between. We learn about the origins of this garment in my Fashion Elements class, and how to wrap it properly. Let me explain.
The Ruana has a long history, originating from the Andes region of Venezuela and Colombia. It’s traditionally made out of a thick, soft fabric and cut into a sleeveless square or rectangular shape. The way you’re suppose to wear this is with the slit to your side, and wrap one piece over your shoulder to keep you warm. I personally prefer to wear it open in the front. It’s seriously the coziest garment, ideal for crisp Spring days.
Jonathon gave me this beautiful Ruana from Banana Republic for Christmas and I’ve been dying to wear it. I love the blanket stitch around the edge and the grey and navy windowpane check pattern. Last Spring, I picked up a cheap and cheerful grey version from Forever 21, and I ended up wearing it so much. It’s perfect for weekends, travel and summer evenings. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in a big blanket style wrap?
Happy Spring to you all! I love seeing what everyone is wearing on their blogs for Spring, and what outfits you’re putting together. After a long winter it’s so wonderful to break out lighter layers and fun Spring looks. What are you excited to wear this season? Let me know in the comments below!