With winters comes time to style your outfits with gorgeous layers, coats and sweaters. But with all these layering options, there is something about the shawls that gives you comfort and warmth like no other item of clothing. Whether you like a simple shawl draped over the shoulder or a velvet shawl for wedding season, shawls for women are definitely a statement piece to add in your winter wardrobe.
The word shawl came into origin from the Persian word ‘Shal’ which is a piece of clothing that is loosely worn over the shoulders, upper body, arms as well as over the head sometimes. Mufflers shawls for women or shawls are a typically rectangular or square piece of cloth, which can be folded into a triangle before being worn. You will also find shawls that are triangular or even oblong, but they are always bigger than a scarf.
Shawls have one of the most beautiful variants in terms of colours, print and embroideries. However, two major types of shawls catch the attention of everyone and we all probably have one in our closet.
Derived from the Persian word "Pashm", a wool Pashmina shawl is the most elegant symbol of luxury and to own one is to experience pure royalty. Pashmina has been a treasure for being immemorial with their expensive material and uniquely crafted designs.
Originating from Kashmir, ‘Dourukha’ simply means ‘two-faced’ in Persian. It is crafted skilfully to create the same effect on both sides. These shawls combine some beautiful embroidery, weaving and more.
Many times, a Pashmina is used as a synonym for Cashmere shawls but there lies a huge difference between the two. Cashmere is 100% wool from any animal that produces fibres which are between 15 - 18 microns. Since it is thicker than Pashmina wool it can be machine woven. It has a similar softness to Pashmina wool but although it is very warm, is not nearly as lightweight.
Now that we know our basic shawls and their types let's spice up the wardrobe with flattering ways to wear them.
Every Indian wardrobe is graced with a pair or two of beautiful shawls either owned by our mothers or grandmoms. We usually reserve these gems for ethnic wear and play safe with our closet rules. Well, it's time to break the rules and in style. Below enlisted are a few ways to quickly amp up your style quotient with different ways to wrap a shawl.
Style up the shawl by wrapping it around your nape like a scarf to make a quirky addition to a staple dressing. This style works great if you team it up with a kurta and a pair of jeans and slip into some embellished juttis. This floral shawl by Pashma is crafted from silk linen cashmere and is accentuated with cut out flowers beautifully placed on the hem. A special and easy accessory to match with any outfit to make it special.
Drape your shawl over your shoulder and clinch it at the waist with a slim or a statement belt to create the fast fabulous OOTD. Layer it with a long denim jacket and there you have a runway-ready outfit. This chic outfit not only highlights the fabulous waistline but also gives an edge to the otherwise boring outfit. Timeless elegance can be yours in this red shawl from Shingora. Drape this pure wool wrap in the clinch-waist style or as a casual wrap around the shoulders, it enlivens your outfit by adding a splash of colour.
Double your shawl like a top by just adding a knot. Drape your shawl like you normally would with a dupatta and make sure to cover the entire front of your body adjusting the desired length. Take both the ends of the shawl and tie an elegant knot at the back and secure it with a safety pin. This top will look classy with a pleated skirt. For the hotter days, you can opt for a bareback style to create a statement style. This white shawl by Akiso has been embroidered with subtle hints of green and red, taking inspiration from the Japanese Cherry Blossoms. A perfect fit to create your very own shawl top.
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