Looking for an accessory to add that finishing touch to your holiday look? Try the classic ruana.
According to Wikipedia, “a ruana is a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes regions of Venezuela and Columbia, particularly in the Boyaca department and Antioquia. According to Proexport, the official Colombian agency in charge of international tourism, foreign investment, and non-traditional exports, the word ruana comes from the Chibcha meaning “Land of Blankets,” used to refer to the woolen fabrics manufactured by the Muisca natives.”
For those of us who live outside of the Andes, a ruana is not only warm but wearable art. This third layer piece will get you noticed! Wear it for both formal and casual occasions over silk or cotton turtlenecks with flared skirts or well-fitted jeans.
A ruana is a free-flowing wrap with an open front, similar to a large scarf. You can wear the ruana long in front and open like shawl, or throw one or both sides over your shoulder(s) for a more romantic or dramatic cape. The key is to allow the fabric to completely cover your shoulders.
There are many options in stores, just right for holiday occasions or gift giving. One size fits all and floats over the figure. It’s fabric with function as well as beauty and elegance that is just plain fun to wear!
Apparently they are also fun to look at, because we just can’t get enough of them! Here are a few more ruana looks….
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