How to Wear a Ruana for Spring and Summer
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I could have worn the thong sandals with this as well, but I switched into my Miller Sandals for a slightly more upscale look.
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!
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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