Jazzing up your shawl this winter
It’s getting cold, yet it’s still too early to wear heavy winter clothes. Your autumn outfits can be a bit light for this weather as well. The best solution to keep you warm is to put on an extra layer that can be removed easily when you don’t need it.
Among the winter wardrobe essentials, the shawl stands out as a versatile accessory that can not only keep you warm but also add an extra layer of sophistication to your outfits. Opt for quality materials like cashmere or wool for ultimate warmth and comfort. Consider the size and weight of the shawl based on your preferences, whether a lightweight wrap for indoors or a thicker one for braving the outdoors.
To coordinate your shawl with your outfit or use it as a statement piece, you can opt for contrasting colours. Playing with complementary hues can create visually appealing and well-coordinated ensembles. Finally, enhance the appeal of your shawl by accessorising it with brooches, pins, or belts. This can add a personalised touch and elevate your look.
Here is a guide on how to style a shawl this winter:
The classic way to wear a shawl is to drape it over your shoulders. For an elegant look, fold the shawl in half to form a triangle and then drape it over your shoulders, allowing the ends to fall gracefully. This simple yet chic style can complement both casual and formal attire, adding a touch of sophistication to your outfit.
Transform your shawl into a statement piece by belting it around your waist. This styling trick can not only accentuate your waistline but also add structure to your silhouette. Pair it with a basic dress or a fitted top and jeans to elevate your look while staying stylish.
For a modern and fashion-forward approach, drape the shawl over one shoulder, allowing it to cascade down your back. This asymmetrical style can add an edgy and artistic touch to your ensemble, making it a perfect choice for casual gatherings or nights out.
Create a fashion statement by knotting your shawl around your neck. Loop one end of the shawl through the other to secure it in place, creating a stylish and functional accessory that can keep you warm while adding a bit of flair to your outfit.
Pair your shawl with a coat or jacket, allowing it to peek out from underneath for added texture and add depth to your overall look. This layering technique not only offers extra warmth but also can showcase your styling prowess.
Some shawls come with hoods, offering a cozy and functional option for chilly days. Embrace the hooded shawl by wearing it as a hood for added protection against the elements while exuding a laid-back and effortlessly cool vibe.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 December, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly