A Guide to Wearing a Shawl: 5 Ways to Style

A Guide to Wearing a Shawl: 5 Ways to Style

Cashmere scarves and shawls are truly timeless accessories that elevate your outfit. Whether you're attending a wedding or going out for a casual brunch, shawls have (quite literally) got you covered. 

Wondering how to wear a shawl? Here are 5 ways to style this one versatile piece, wherever you are heading.

How to Wear a Shawl 

Wearing a shawl honestly couldn’t be easier. You just need to either drape or wrap. You can drape a shawl over your shoulders, letting it hang evenly on both sides. It is perfect for adding a layer of warmth to your outfit, whether you’re wearing it during the day or on a chilly evening.

woman wearing bright pink shawl draped over shoulders

You can also wrap your shawl or cashmere scarf by draping it over one shoulder, letting it flow diagonally across your body. This means your outfit underneath is still visible, but that the whole look has an added sprinkling of elegance.

How to Wear a Shawl as a Jacket 

As shawls keep you warm, transforming it into a stylish jacket for those cooler days or evenings couldn’t be better.  

To turn your shawl into a jacket, just take the two opposite corners of the shawl and cross them at your chest. Tie the ends together behind your back, creating a makeshift jacket. Adjust the tightness for your preferred fit, and then you’re good to go.

How to Wear a Shawl With a Dress 

Wearing a shawl with a dress looks elegant, stylish and keeps you cosy, wherever you’re headed. To wear a shawl with your dress, all you need to do is drape the shawl over your shoulders to showcase your dress while adding a layer of warmth. This works really well with sleeveless or strapless dresses. 

For a chic look, cinch the shawl at your waist with a stylish belt. This accentuates your waistline and also creates a unique, layered silhouette. If you’re wearing a classic colour or pairing complementary tones, it works even better.

How to Wear a Pashmina as a Shawl 

Cashmere pashminas are known for their softness and lasting quality. You can easily style them as a shawl too by doing the classic drape. Simply drape the pashmina over your shoulders for an ultra-soft and completely cosy feel.  

Pashminas are perfect for keeping warm on cooler days without feeling bulky or overdone.

How to Wear a Scarf Shawl 

Scarf shawls offer a trendy twist on traditional shawls. To wear one for an elegant look, loop the scarf shawl around your neck, creating a snug infinity scarf. Let it hang loosely or double it up for extra warmth and style. It couldn’t be easier.

How to Wear a Shawl at a Wedding 

Shawls make beautiful accessories for weddings, both for brides and guests. They also look great in the photos, whether that’s some quick Instagram wedding shots or the full wedding photoshoot. 

Brides can go for a lace or embellished shawl to complement their wedding gown. Draping it over the shoulders gives a truly elegant bridal look and can also provide coverage during a chilly ceremony. 

As a wedding guest, choose a shawl that matches your outfit's colour palette. The shawl can serve as a stylish accessory and a practical solution for staying warm during outdoor or evening weddings. Simply drape or wrap. 

Shawls aren’t just comfy, they also add some glamour to your look, making them a must-have accessory in your wardrobe. Whether you're going for a classic or contemporary style, they’re the perfect finishing touch for any outfit.