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50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40A cold spell has hit Virginia with a vengeance. It seems like we went for summer temperatures to winter temperatures, with only a week or so of fall. How did that happen??? We even got a few inches of snow on Tuesday, but I love snow, so that was a welcome sight. I hate freezing cold temperatures like the kind that makes your nose hairs feel like they are frozen.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40I started a fire in my fireplace for the first time this year, and I loved the ambiance. I could sit and watch a fire for hours, and I usually do. Lol! The problem is that I don’t have any more firewood, so no more fires are in my future. We bought “seasoned” wood a couple of years ago, and it was anything BUT seasoned. Joe even took a blow torch to the wood to try to get it to burn, but it was too wet. It sat there for over a year, and then this year, he gave it away. He does things like that all the time. I told him that I wanted more wood, and he said he would make that happen by Monday. But, I realized my mistake quickly…I forgot to ask him WHICH Monday. Lol! It might be a couple of months before he gets me more wood. Until I get my racks of wood, I am going to send him to the store to buy me those little bundles of kindling that will last for an hour or two. At least I will have my ambiance.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40I love this plaid Burberry style ruana. I think that “ruana” is a fancy term for a poncho/wrap/cape item. It will make you sound like you know what you are talking about, and that you are a fashion guru. I have always loved this Burberry plaid look. In fact, I own TWO of these wraps. Lol! One I purchased, and one was a gift. A ruana is not as confining as a poncho, but you also have to adjust them occasionally to keep them from getting twisted.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40I am wearing a classic white button-up shirt with a modern twist. This shirt features a high-low hemline, and that makes this shirt perfect for wearing with leggings. I love wearing a classic white shirt like this with jeans for days when you want to feel stylish without feeling dressed up. It is so easy to add a necklace, or a jacket, to the look and looking like you spent hours picking out your outfit. Stylish and simple, that is the perfect way to dress. Here is a link to the shirt.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40The earrings are a pair that I have had for a long time. They are more burgundy than the photo shows. They must be sold out at the moment because they are not showing on the website. The Walnut necklace is a great statement necklace that looks fabulous with black. I like that it is adjustable so that you can wear it short or long. I have it in a medium length for this look.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40Some of you have mentioned that the faux leather leggings might not be for you. That is fine, we are all different, and we all have different likes and styles. If you like the overall outfit look, but not the sheen of the faux leather, then you can choose other options. Here are a couple of other options for you. My leggings (here) are by Spanx, which are great at holding you in and hiding any dimples you might have. I am wearing a size large for sizing reference.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40You can see that my behind is fully covered when I wear this white button-up shirt, even without the addition of the ruana. Wearing black and brown is another highly contested fashion choice. Some of you think it is a big fat NO, and others are fine with the choice. It is up to you on how you want to wear your clothing; I am not a fashion enforcer. But, I will tell you this, look in nature, and notice all of the black and brown/tan animals. I think they are gorgeous, and I bet you will be also. I am once again styling by gorgeous over-the-knee boots, which are not over-the-knee on me. Lol! These boots are part of the big Fall Sale going on right now from Nordstrom, but the sizes are already limited in this color. Here is the link so that you can check and see if you are one of the lucky ones who can buy these at 40% off. For those whose size is already sold out, I’ll link to a few different pairs.

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40This is another way to wear the ruana. Just throw one side over your shoulder, or you can use a large brooch to pin it to one side. It is a super-easy way to look casually elegant.
50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO YOU WEAR A PLAID RUANA IN THE FALL | FASHION OVER 40Gurls, I wanted to bring you a couple of incredible sales that you are going to want to see. I was shopping for some pj’s, but I somehow found myself checking out some rollback items, and I wanted to give you a heads up.

I hope that you are liking the legging series that I am doing. There is only one day left in this series. I am trying to show you that there are a lot of options available to you with clothing items; you have to think outside the box. I am starting to link a lot of clothing, sales, etc., on the Liketoknow.it app. You download the app on your mobile device, and then you can follow me to see all of the links that I put on there. If you like an outfit, you click on it, and all of the links are available for you. All you have to do it hit the shop now button, and you will be directed to the store that has the item. You can hit the back button to go back to all of the photos. This is a great app for following all of your favorite bloggers and getting their links at your fingertips.

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  1. You’re on a roll this week, Tania. Fabulous flattering looks that have inspired me to pull together some new looks from what I already have in my closet. Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Carol Granger says:

    This outfit looks great on you! You can carry off the leather leggings look but I don’t think I can. What size did you get in the white blouse? Your blog has definitely impacted my budget! I find myself either running out to buy something or jumping online to order it. I do appreciate you putting these outfits together for us because it’s just like having a personal shopper/dresser! I live near The Avenue West Cobb where you shopped a few weeks back so I shop The Loft frequently. Thank you for being a top notch blogger. I really enjoy your Sunday messages too!

  3. Donna Ingalls says:

    Great outfit! I’m really enjoying this series about leggings. Thanks for showing us different looks.
    Love the ruana plaid too. So classic.

  4. kristin greene says:

    Above you mentioned an app. I am interested in it. I just went to App Store and typed in “like to know it.” It didn’t bring up an app by that name. It brought up “real real” and “forever 21” as the first 2 options. Could you help me brainstorm what I could do to find the app. I sure would appreciate it.
    Also wanted to say love this weeks focus on different ways to wear one thing. I too love to cover my tussie so love the reminder today of the high low hem line.

    1. Kristen, did you type it in the app store on your phone? It is a mobile app.

  5. Love your style and how you show so many options to wear each outfit. Your website is wonderful.
    Just an idea: An easy way to get ambiance in a fireplace, when don’t have wood to burn, is to fill it with white candles. Instant ambiance! You don’t get the heat but it looks great! Stay warm!
    Trina from MN

    1. Trina, that sounds like a wonderful idea!!! Thanks so much for giving me the suggestion.

  6. What a flattering outfit!!! You make these simple staples come to life. Thanks for inspiring me to consider this look?

    1. Margo, you are a doll.

  7. debbie8947 says:

    I love this outfit! I am not a cold weather person but I do like cold weather fashion. Ha! Almost spit out my coffee when I read what you said about the nose hairs freezing.

  8. Another gorgeous look. You are nailing it this week! ❤️

  9. Thanks for the names and definitions. I never quite know what to to call these wraps but I love them and have several. You really need these in cold climates like most of Canada!

  10. You got my curiosity peaked about the origin/definition of the ruana. I thought the difference between a ruana and a poncho was a ruana is open and a poncho is closed and slips over the head? I think the terms are used interchangably in today’s fashion world!
    Here is the wikipedia definition:
    A ruana (possibly from Spanish ruana “ragged” or Quechua ruana “textile”[1]) is a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes region of Colombia, particularly in the Boyacá department and Antioquia.

    Similar to other poncho-like garments in Latin America, a ruana is basically a very thick, soft and sleeveless square or rectangular blanket with an opening in the center for the head to go through with a slit down the front to the hem. A ruana may or may not come with a hood to cover the head.

    Loving this series of creating different outfits around the leggings!