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Style Decisions: How to choose shawls and wraps for evening dresses

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The Elizabetta guide to choosing shawls and wraps for evening dresses

Whether you are looking for an elegant shawl for a wedding,cocktail party, the theater, dinner out or any other event, we hope this brief guide will give you the confidence to choose the perfect evening wrap for your dress or outfit.

"I received the evening shawl in a couple of days. I love it. I wore it to a wedding and got more compliments on the shawl than my dress !! Very high quality"- Rosaire W.

Silk: the best choice for dressy shawls for any season

Silk is the number one choice for a formal wrap , as it is luxurious, timeless and long-wearing. You can wear a silk shawl to summer weddings, winter balls and every occasion in-between. If you need warmth added to your outfit, try silk velvet, luxurious and warm or a fine cashmere shawl. Most winter events are indoors, so silk is perfect! Prints look fabulous on silk, and solid colors are ever so versatile and timeless. Do not confuse genuine silk with the many synthetics available. A real 100% silk formal shawl will add instant glamour and refinement to your ensemble. 

Elegant evening shawls wraps: How to choose the right color or pattern


The general rule of thumb is: if your evening dress is patterned, embroidered or beaded, accent it with a solid color elegant shawl. Silk chiffon evening wraps and shawls, and its cousin, Georgette silk are both sheer and timeless and will add just the right amount of color and elegance to your outfit.  

If your dress or suit is a solid color (and this includes that little black dress) it too will look fantastic with the addition of a solid color dressy shawl. You can choose the same color, (like black on black) or a color that enhances your dress for example, a navy blue evening wrap with a silver or grey dress, or a color that gives pop to your look, for example a bold red or emerald on a black dress. If your dress is a solid pastel, try lighter colored shawls and wraps for evening dresses or a black sheer shawl. 

black sheer formal shawl 

A solid color outfit looks absolutely stunning with a print, paisley, floral or geometric evening wrap. Prints can be bold or subtle. They can be printed on silk chiffon or a more opaque silk charmeuse or satin. The same dress will look like an entirely different dress simply by changing your evening shawl. We have prints for every mood and occasion, from very subtle to bold.

"Exquisite! This is the most exquisite evening scarf I have ever owned. Just the right size, the material is so sheer, and the colors are so me!"- C. W.

blue chiffon floral shawl 

Take your accessories into account 

Always take the accessories you'll be wearing like jewelry and shoes into account while choosing your shawls and wraps for evening dresses. For instance, if you are wearing silver jewelry, wear a grey or silver shawl for evening dress that has a fine gloss to it for added allure.

Gold accessories work best with shawls that have gold or warm tones to pull the outfit off like a diva. Likewise, pair pearls with an ivory or pastel silk chiffon wrap for an elegant appearance, and of course, black goes with just about everything!

What could be better than wearing classic elegance?

"Stunning High Quality Shawl - Stunning formal shawl, arrived in great shape and looked even better in real life. Very fine and looks and feels so luxurious and glamorous. Would lift any outfit. Highly recommend." - Michele B.


Whether you're looking for a formal shawl for a wedding or an evening wrap for a cocktail dress, a silk evening wrap can be your dramatic or subtle style statement.

Are you wondering what the difference between a shawl, wrap and scarf is? We've written a guide.

At Elizabetta, we make dressy shawls from sheer silk chiffon, Georgette, satin and charmeuse. All will prove to be a timeless and much worn addition to your wardrobe.

Many of our evening shawls and wraps are very lightweight and thus become super versatile as they can be styled as a formal shawl, draped over your shoulders, or worn as a long evening scarf or even as a long scarf for more casual events. 

The right shawl can add elegance and refinement to your evening look without much effort and express your individual style.


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