Today is all about how to wear ponchos, shawls, and ruanas for fall. I love ponchos, shawls, and ruanas and have many in my closet. Especially in the fall and winter, they are basically color and warmth rolled into one. Plus, they give off a diva vibe that I can appreciate.
What Is The Difference Between A Poncho, Shawl, And Ruana?
Ruana: This actually came as a surprise to me but Ruana’s are originally from the Andes region of South America. The word ruana comes from the ‘Chibcha’ meaning “Lord of Blankets”. They are usually square or rectangle-shaped with a head hole and a slit from that hole down the middle to the edge. They’re very thick, soft, sleeveless and are usually knee-length. Sometimes marketed as ponchos or blanket ponchos it can get very confusing.
Shawl: Shawls are usually long and rectangular; almost like a scarf. The material is often lighter. They are thrown over your arms loosely to cover your lower back or can be worn with more tension to cover your upper arms and upper back.
Poncho: A poncho is fairly similar to a Ruana except it is shorter and does not have the slit. They usually drop to about waist length and are often made from wool and other warm materials. Most Spanish-speaking countries say poncho. The cold regions of Colombia and Venezuela say ruana.
You may even hear ponchos described as a Sarapes (or serapes – depending on where you’re from). They are also sleeveless with only a hole for your head. They originally come from Mexico and are very blanket-like and warm.
In the end, they are big old pieces of fabric that are meant to keep you warm.
How To Wear Ponchos, Shawls, And Ruanas For Fall
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Wear A Dark Color Basic Layer To Create A Slimming Effect
Ponchos, shawls, and ruanas will add bulk to an outfit so you want to make sure that the base layer is a darker color so your eye is drawn in. Black is an excellent choice. Choose a black top and bottom to create the “column of color” that will make you look slimmer and taller.
Add A Scarf To Draw Attention To Your Face
Many ponchos, ruanas, and shawls are solid colors and can be quite boring. So adding a scarf can help add additional color and texture to your outfit as well as bringing attention up to your face and away from the bulk.
If you choose to add a scarf, make sure the material of the scarf is a lighter weight or oblong shape. Infinity scarves in a lighter weight fabric are good choices too. Stay away from blanket scarves as the poncho itself is a blanket. Drape your scarf lower to create a neckline.
Add Bold Statement Jewelry To Draw Attention To Your Face
Ponchos, ruanas, and shawls are a blank canvas. Adding bold statement jewelry is a fun way to change the vibe from a casual look to a more glamorous statement. Avoid longer pendants as they draw attention downwards.
Let The Poncho, Shawl, Or Ruana Be The Showpiece
Other Ways To Wear Ponchos, Shawls, And Ruanas
Make sure you take into account your body type when you style a poncho, shawl, or ruana. For Pear Shaped Women, belting draws attention to the hip area and may not be the most figure-flattering option. If you are a Straight, Carrot, Or Curvy shape, belting is something you might want to play with. It is the HOT trend this year.
Shopping For Ponchos And Ruanas
Shopping For Shawls And Wraps
With cooler weather on the horizon, ponchos, ruanas, and shawls are a great alternative to sweaters to keep you warm.
Now, still, LOVE my sweaters too- need help to pick out the best sweater for your body type? Check out Wardrobe Basics- Sweaters For Layering And Warmth