Every now and again, I try to push myself out on a fashion limb by buying something out of my comfort zone. That’s what I did when I bought the Echo New York ruana wrap from Long Elegant Legs as part of my Tall Speciality Shop Challenge. When I first saw the cozy, blankety looking ruana wraps on LEL’s website, I thought “Hmmm…rrrrrruuuuuannnaaa! That’s kind of fun to say but what the heck is it”? According to my research assistants Googs and Wiki, a ruana is a poncho-ish garment typically found in the Andes region of Venezuela and Columbia used not only as a garment to keep you warm and toasty but also as a blanket while sleeping or even a cushion to sit on. A little while after noticing the ruanas on LEL’s website, I also saw some in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog and a couple of other places. It seems they are a popular item for fall!
When the ruana wrap arrived, I was immediately drawn to the pretty purple and blue colors of the fabric but I was also a bit overwhelmed by the garment’s volume. It just seemed like SO MUCH FABRIC. Since my upper body is slender, I tend to shy away from bulky or shapeless tops, and I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to figure out how to wear this voluminous blankety looking thing in a way that flattered me. As you can see in Everything Just So’s How I Wear My feature, I wore it while exploring Paris but I feel like I looked kind of blobby up top and I wasn’t very happy with the overall look.
Thankfully, I found some great styling tips on the How I Wear My Poncho or Wrap feature mentioned above and elsewhere on the inter webs, so now my ruana wrap and I are becoming fast friends. My favorite look so far is wearing the wrap with a belt in order to tame the bulk and define my waist. I find that fitted, neutral tops look best under the ruana wrap, and I’ve been gravitating toward tops with a high necklines since I don’t want to wear a scarf with the wrap. Similar to my tops, I also wear fitted pants or jeans when wearing this wrap. I figure the ruana takes up enough real estate on its own and doesn’t need to share space with loose fitting pants or shirts.
What I’m Wearing:
The ruana will be a perfect travel companion on long flights since it basically doubles as a blanket and it is also the perfect replacement for a jacket on mild fall days. If I can ever find me a campfire or bonfire, I envision myself all hunkered down under my wrap with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Instead of sitting by a campfire, I decided to go prancing amongst some trees with pretty foliage today. I do love the movement of the garment when I’m walking (or twirling).
What are your thoughts on wraps, ponchos etc.? Do you already own a wrap? If so, how do you like to wear it?