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

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Undoubtedly, a shawl or scarf wrapped around your shoulder brings elegance to your evening ensemble, but deciding which shawl to match with your evening dress can be a daunting task. 

Choosing shawls by season

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. Most winter events are indoors, so silk is perfect!

Choosing a suitable color/pattern

If your evening dress is patterned, embroidered or beaded, accent it with a solid color elegant shawl. On the other hand, a simple solid color dress (and that little black dress) will look absolutely stunning with a print, paisley, floral or geometric. Prints can be bold or subtle. Solid color dresses look fantastic with the addition of solid color stoles too, either the same color, (like black on black) or a color that enhances your dress for example, a navy or dark blue stole with a silver grey dress.

Taking accessories into account

Always take the accessories you'll be wearing like jewelry and shoes into account while choosing your evening scarf. For instance, if you are wearing silver jewelry, wear a grey silver silk wrap which 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!

The Best Evening Shawls for any Season

Silk is the number one choice for a formal wrap, as it is luxurious, timeless and long-wearing. Prints look fabulous on silk, and solid colors are ever so versatile and timeless.

 The Fortuna:  luxuriously soft silk organzino formal shawl with a subtle woven tulip pattern in black and emerald green.

Silk organzino is a true luxury fabric and is top when it comes to comfort and style. The lightweight feminine design and tulip design of this shawl adds a flair of sophistication to your ensemble.

The Clarissa: Gossamer light and silky large wrap in gorgeous pastels

silk satin evening shawl

Your wardrobe definitely needs a little sparkle of such pastel blends! This feminine silk satin oversized wrap adds a pinch of bloom to your look. Wear it to a casual hangout with friends or adorn it as a luxurious evening wrap. Simply show your delicate charm!


sheer black silk formal shawl

What could be better than wearing classic elegance? A solid color sheer silk evening wrap can be your dramatic style statement. At Elizabetta we make solid colors in sheer silk chiffon and Georgette, both will prove to be a timeless and much used addition to your wardrobe.


Floral prints on lightweight sheer silk chiffon makes a unique and feminine evening wrap. You can either wear it as a long scarf or wrap it as a shawl depending on the evening dress you are adorning! 

Floral designs are so versatile as you can also wear them with day outfits.

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


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