How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

Whew, I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy to see a Friday roll around! It’s been quite a week at our house, but I’m hoping Paul can come home from the hospital today and happy that our house is ready for showing this weekend… at least it will be by the end of the day if all goes according to plan!

Today I’ve got a fun summery outfit featuring this cheerful print tassel ruana. Also, don’t forget that Nordstrom is running another Triple Points Event!

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How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

I actually ordered this before my Florida vacation, thinking it would be the perfect piece to wear on the beach over a my bathing suit or out to dinner with white jeans and a tee. It didn’t arrive until I got back, so I wore it to a nearby park last week to shoot this look. I’m not sure I’d actually wear this anywhere other than vacation, but I thought it was fun to style.

Today I’m styling this piece two ways. The first is a casual look with jean shorts and a white muscle tee.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

Isn’t this pattern fun? The tassels are the perfect playful touch.

It also comes in blue and grey, but I think the coral is so pretty. I’m actually not sure why they call it coral; it’s more of a combination of pink and red. The photographs are pretty accurate. Best of all, it’s only $29!

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

The tee and shorts are both by Madewell. The raw hem cuffed denim shorts have a comfortable high rise and great worn-in vibe to them.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

I’ve shared this muscle tee before. I wear it a lot — it’s a great layering piece and also looks cute worn alone with shorts or jeans, although I actually think this outfit would be more flattering over a more fitted top. I’m thinking more of a tank top with thinner straps and a deeper neckline.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

Anyway, to keep it light and fun, I added a layer necklace and my gold thong sandals.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

I also wanted to show a more dressed-up outfit with the ruana — something I might wear to a casual dinner in the summertime.

For this next look, I just swapped out the shorts for white jeans, and voila! It’s like an entirely different outfit.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

I could have worn the thong sandals with this as well, but I switched into my Miller Sandals for a slightly more upscale look.

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

The key to wearing a printed ruana like this is to keep the rest of the outfit simple and let the ruana be the hero piece. Then just have fun with it!

How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer

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ruana // muscle tank // denim shorts // thong sandals // layer necklace // white jeans // Miller sandals // sunnies // tote

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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