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The Three Types of Women's Shawls That Every Woman Should Own

There’s no doubt about it, shawls are a woman’s best friend and are one of the basic items that should be a part of your wardrobe essentials.

Elizabetta Perkins

2 min. read

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What is a shawl:?

Essentially, a shawl is a large oblong or square piece of fabric that is finished on all 4 sides. It needs to be large enough to wrap around your body.

What is a shawl:?

Essentially, a shawl is a large oblong or square piece of fabric that is finished on all 4 sides. It needs to be large enough to wrap around your body.

Women's shawls are also referred to as wraps, dress scarves, stoles and sometimes pashminas.

Shawls are worn as a decorative finishing touch to an outfit and also as a functional fashion accessory: think a wool shawl for warmth or a shawl to cover bare shoulders in the summer.

Just like scarves, women's shawls can be worn in many different ways, and can instantly change the look of an outfit.

We think that are three essential types of shawls every woman should own in her wardrobe.

A lightweight patterned silk shawl

Patterned sheer chiffon silk shawl wrap

A lightweight silk shawl with a pretty motif is the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

It can be sheer as in silk chiffon or Georgette, or semi sheer as in charmeuse or lightweight satin.

They are a terrific investment as they can be worn year round and change the look of your outfits.

A solid color silk shawl

They can be worn in a variety of different ways to create different looks. A solid color shawl can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

They can also be used to create a color block look, contrasting colors in your outfit to create a unique and fashionable look. A solid color shawl adds an instant touch of elegance to any outfit.

A lightweight wool shawl

Large Lightweight Soft Italian Wool Scarf - Turquoise

Lightweight, soft wool and wool and silk blend scarves are the perfect addition to your cold weather wardrobe.

A patterned wool shawl will add a beautiful touch of color and style. Function and fashion in one piece.

Elizabetta shawls and wraps made in Italy

Elizabetta Silk Shawls

We make silk shawls that are patterned and plain. Dressy, formal and everyday styles.

They are made from sheer chiffon and Georgette silk or from silk satin. We carefully choose the fabric that will compliment the pattern best.

Luxury women's lightweight wool shawls
wool shawl for ladies
Luxury Italian wool scarf

Elizabetta Wool Shawls

We often think of wool as being heavy, itchy and bulky.

At Elizabetta we are particularly fond of lightweight wool shawlsfor the cooler months are they are super soft and versatile, allowing you to to wear them indoors to give a pop of color to your outfit, or outdoors as an added layer against the chill.

What is a Pashmina?

Pashmina is a term often used incorrectly to describe all kinds of shawls and wraps.

Pashmina is actually a very expensive luxury cashmere fabric woven from the underbelly fur of a Himalayan goat.

This fabric is often made into the rectangular shape of a shawl, but the term pashmina today has come to include any kind of shawl, mostly including inexpensive synthetics.

Confusing, but now you know the correct meaning of the term!

Which of these three types of shawls is your favorite?

Want to know the difference between a scarf, shawl and wrap? See our guide here.