How to Wear a Shawl

Cheryl Cirelli
sheer summer shawl

The Versatile Shawl

Learning how to wear a shawl can easily add a whole new element to your wardrobe. This stylish accessory is not only comfortable and cozy, but it also has the potential to transform an entire outfit with minimal effort. There are many creative methods for wearing shawls, and your choice may depend simply on what looks best or suits your specific need.

tan wrap

Evening Shoulder Wrap

Drape a shawl loosely over the shoulders before heading out for the night. It's a fabulous alternative to a cropped metallic jacket or even a regular coat, and it can transform any dress into something completely new.

Shawl with black dress

One-Shoulder Wrap

For a style perfect for evenings, try the one-shoulder wrap. Drape the shawl over your neck so the ends hang over both shoulders. Fold one end over the opposite shoulder and leave the other end hanging loosely. This style is quick and no-fuss. Note that it does not offer any support, so you may want to affix a small brooch to the shoulder area if you are concerned it will slip.

red shawl

Full Shawl Wrap

A large shawl can easily be worn as a cute little cover-up over any outfit. Just drape it around the shoulders (extending down the arms), pull it taut below the bust and tie a secure knot. The upper arms should be completely covered. This smart style is ideal for office wear as well as for the weekends.

Shawl with sunglasses

Protection from the Sun

Great for summer, a shawl can protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. Pair one with oversized sunglasses for a glamorous look. To wear this style, fold a shawl in half lengthwise then wrap around your head and neck. You can either pull it taut to complete the look or leave it slightly loose for a more relaxed effect.

fur shawl

Warm Winter Wrap

You can wear a wool or fur shawl much like a hooded coat. Drape the shawl around your head and over your shoulders to keep warm and cozy on a cool day.

swim coverup

Beach Sarong

Wear a lightweight shawl as a sarong. Wrap it around the waist and tie it low on the side. This is a great way to show off your beach body and give a straighter shape an illusion of curves.

Summer shawl

Universal Accessory

Shawls can be worn year round, and their versatility is evident in the number of outfits they pair so perfectly with. Wear it in the summer with casual garb for a bit of polish, or use it to stave off winter's chill. You can wear a shawl much like a scarf as well. Whatever way you choose, you're destined to get plenty of use from your shawl.

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