How to Wear a Shawl

17 Mar

So I promised that there’d be an exciting update. Something is different about the Wife, can you see what it is?

If you said “The hair!” you get a cookie, I got my haircut the other day and decided to go for it and get it really short. My hair is pretty fine and looks so flat and lifeless when I have it longer. This way it looks thicker and has a bit of texture, I’m really pleased with it. I also got in cut hoping that the weather might improve, so far no luck with that.But wait, what am I wearing in that photo? That beautiful bright blue bit of lace?

It’s Ene’s Scarf from Scarf Style, something that’s been hibernating for a rather long time. It feels like I’ve been working on it for over a year, but mainly that’s because it took about 5 goes before I successfully cast on and started the lace. I was originally going to make it in Kidsilk Haze, but casting all the mohair was a nightmare. When I saw four balls of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply on offer I knew exactly what to make.   It took an evening of watching Predator to finally finish it.  I love love love this shawl, at first I thought ‘when am I going to wear this?’. Answer: all the frickin’ time. It’s about 6 feet long and so versatile, I had a great time figuring out different ways to wear it besides just tying it in the front.

Scarf Style – Just fold it over so it’s about the width of a scarf and wrap it around your neck. It’s super warm, cozy, and makes you feel a bit like a movie star.

Cape – This is so easy, just throw the ends over your shoulders or even bring them back around the front and tie the ends ascot style. This makes it look like a great little cape or capelet, and is how I wear it over my jacket outside.

Shrug – Throw it over your arms and either let it hang or tie it around the back for a shrug look. Great over a sleeveless dress, cami, or just to keep the ends out of your way.

Wrap – This is my favourite! Wrap the ends around your front and tie them in the back. This is very warm and functional and looks a bit like a cropped wrap sweater.

Skirt – Kind of like a sarong, you just wrap the shawl around your waist for a quick lacy skirt. Great over a plain skirt, pair of jeans, leggings or a swimsuit.

Dress – I wrapped one end around my bust and the other around my waist and tied them on the side. I think this would be so cute over a swimsuit on the beach, but if you’re daring then maybe over a minidress or slip.

Who says shawls are for grandmas?

P.S. If you liked this post, you may like my newly added “How to Wear a Shawl Part II”


22 Responses to “How to Wear a Shawl”

  1. Steph March 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    Love the haircut! I’m letting a friend cut mine this weekend – we’ll see what she comes up with… ha. I’ve been wearing my hair short for the past few years (not as short as yours, but definitely short compared to how it used to be) and I’ll never go back – it’s just so much easier to deal with.

    Speaking of old times, I was going through some old photos the other day and found some of you, me and Claire jumping on my trampoline, during the first time she visited here – the summer after 7th grade. They’re hilarious! I’ll have to scan them in sometime…

  2. cecima March 18, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    auww…the shawl is multi-functional! luv ur haircut!

  3. crockpot lady March 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    you are beautiful! Thank you for the demonstration—I just received a shawl as a gift, and had no idea how to wear it.

  4. marlajayne March 18, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m not even a shawl person, but I love these looks/suggestions of yours so much that I’m going to try the shrug and wrap when I get home today. I have a couple of my mother’s shawls that so far I’ve only looked at and wondered exactly how to wear with them. Thanks!

  5. goldfishgirl March 18, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    Love the new haircut! Bet you’re feeling the cold now 🙂 The scarf is beautiful, congrats on finishing it. I especially like your skirt and dress options for wearing it.

  6. wardfunk March 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    Hey great ideas on how to wear a shawl! THanks for sharing – the blue is brilliant!

  7. Mandaleigh March 18, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    That is so beautiful. And I LOVE the hair.

  8. thriftygirl March 19, 2008 at 3:36 am #

    kudos on the creative stylings for your vibrant blue scarf — so fun.

  9. anneland22 April 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Beautiful knit! and thanx for the suggestions since I always feel so awkward wearing a shawl – I alsoworry about its looking dated, but you have the modern classic balance going.

  10. Keri September 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    I found your blog when I googled “how to wear a shawl.” Thanks so much for the pics! You’ve given me some great ideas for the Icarus shawl I just made 🙂

  11. Abi October 21, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    I googled on “how to wear a shawl” and found your blog. It’s great to see a lot of new options on how to wear it aside from the usual shawl, head gear and skirt. Will try out your ways with my shawl. I plan to wear it to a wedding that’s expected to be a bit chilly.

  12. Kristina January 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting about different ways to wear a shawl. I have been feeling like I look like a granny when I wear mine and I am so glad I have found some new ways to wear them!!

    oh and the hair is super cute!

  13. Bethany February 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    Love the how-to and pictures! Beautiful shawl.

  14. Mary Jane April 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    hey!! I love your ideas. I have my school formal coming up, and beacause the weather will be slightly cold, so i considered wearing a shawl. My dress has a low back and is a coral colour. Any suggestions on a shawl? If you wanted to see the dress you can check it out on dana mathers website and its the ‘ashley gown’. Thanks=].

  15. chevgirl January 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow love this post! I am going to link it to mine as am posting about a shawl I have done and want to share how you can wear them in so many ways. Will find you on Rav as well. Kate

  16. Tristen Balloon Artist September 27, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Thanks for the great ideas! I was looking for different ideas and this is the best compilation of styles that I’ve seen so far. Most are just articles that don’t have any photos…I love the way that you described everything. Plus…I agree with your friends, your haircut is cute!

  17. silk neck scarf February 2, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    This is a topic which is close to my heart.

    .. Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  18. Flossie March 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Remarkable things here. I’m very glad to peer your post.
    Thank you a lot and I am looking forward to touch you.
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