Shawls aren’t just the typical clothing accessory. Originating from the Middle East, the word “shawl” was used to describe a piece of fabric that drapes over the shoulders and arms. Today, the word can refer to many different styles, materials, and designs.
Whether you are new to shawls or just dropping by for some fashion advice, this guide will help you find the perfect shawl, the one that would transform your everyday outfit while at the same time be extremely comfortable.
Shawls may be considered accessories, but the truth is that a shawl can change the entire tone of an outfit from plain simple to classy and chic. That is why the color or pattern chosen for a shawl is a very important part of the selection process.
If you’re not really sure what works best it is suggested that you start with neutral colors because they are a good match with every outfit. Brightly colored shawls on the other hand, can add an exciting focus point to an otherwise neutral or basic outfit.
A shawl with an intricate pattern can also be a beautiful choice for the more experienced shopper. As far as patterns are concerned, a plaid shawl can be a nice choice for the winter while a bright floral shawl can be wonderful on a summer or spring evening.
Because shawls are such a versatile accessory, it is practical to have a few variations in your wardrobe so as to have options for every outfit, occasion and season.
Other than the design of the shawl it is also important to look its material. Shawls are made in all sorts of materials, some are going to be light, some heavy; some smooth on your skin while the others are rough; there are going to be shawls made of wool for winter nights or soft silk/cotton for the summer. My personal favorite is the velvet shawl.
Prices vary a lot too. Everything right from pricey cashmeres and silk which are soft and will bring glam to your outfit to the warm woolen shawls and affordable cotton pieces. Like any garment, most shawls will not be made from a single material, but from a blend of materials which can affect the price and the appearance of the shawl.
You can find lots of shawls online with a range of prices, styles and designers or you can buy them at your favorite fashion store where you can pick and feel them while choosing your perfect shawl.
No matter which shawl you decide to buy; the fabric, color and style isn’t everything. The way you choose to wear it is the most important. So get out there get your shawl and wear it with confidence and a smile.