Scarves and Wraps for Women: Pictures and Videos
Save cash and update your wardrobe in a flash with scarves and wraps for women in silky, rich fabrics and colors. These fashion accessories are a stylish solution for adding a smack of color to suits, dresses, tops, beachwear or even formal attire.
They are suitable for any body shape or age and they are this season’s smartest buy for the well-informed shopper who wants to add the latest trendy colors to her outfits without emptying her wallet.
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Types of Scarves and Wraps
While it would take a book (or several) to list every possible style or textile that is used to create wraps and scarves for women, there are some popular designs that stay in fashion year after year such as:
- Crochet: Hand or machine constructed from fibers ranging from fine cottons to luxurious blends in a variety of patterns, colors and styles.
- Pashmina: Hand or machine made from pashmina fibers or blends in solids, patterns or prints and often embellished with beadwork or embroidery.
- Cashmere: Created from pure cashmere or blends in many different styles and colors.
- Knit: Machine or hand made from the same fibers used for crocheted wraps and shawls in a wide range of patterns and styling details.
- Silk: Manufactured from many grades of silk or blends in a multitude of patterns, prints, designs and colors.
- Evening: Created in rainbow palettes of colors or embellished with designer details such as beads, sequins, cutwork or embroidery.
- Wool: Designers and manufacturers use blends or 100 percent wool textiles.
- Lace: Needle lace, bobbin lace, and Chantilly lace are just a few of the many types of lace used to make delicate, airy scarves and wraps.
- Fur: Depending on the whim of the designer, these can be made of real or faux furs or a blend of textile and fur.
Shopping for Wraps and Shawls
Buy these simple, inexpensive fashion accessories at your favorite local retailer or online.
For the best savings, buy at the end of a season rather than the beginning as you could save as much as 70 percent off retail when the merchants are trying to clear out inventory to make way for newer stock.
Some great places to start your search are at off-price stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls or even the local dollar stores.
Overstock and eBay are other wonderful venues for finding bargains but if you see a style or color you like, it’s best to snap it up before it is gone. Some good online vendors are:
- Banana Republic: Shop 24/7 from the convenience of your home and enjoy free shipping on qualifying orders. Banana Republic stocks a huge variety of women’s scarves and wraps for every occasion.
- Sierra Trading Post: Get the most bang for your beauty bucks when you make your selection from this collection of wraps, shawls and scarves. Pay with PayPal, major credit card, or opt for their BillMeLater plan.
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Wearing Tips and Tricks
You may think scarves are just a pretty substitute for necklaces or wraps are strictly for keeping your shoulders from feeling a chill.
However, these items are inexpensive shortcuts to style that transform an outfit from ho-hum to timeless sophistication in seconds.
Suit jackets and blazers look less like uniforms and more like fashion garments with the addition of a colorful scarf or a paisley shawl draped under the collar or casually draped over one shoulder and secured with a brooch.
Here are the top three ways to wear them for some head-turning wardrobe pizzazz:
- Faux necktie: Fold a square scarf in half and then in quarters. Drape around the neck from front to back and wrap the right hand side of the scarf over, under and around the left hand side forming a loose knot. Pull the right hand side of the scarf through the knot and tighten gently. Let the ends dangle. (This is a version of the man’s four in hand knot; click the link to see an illustration).
- Faux top: Use a large square or triangle scarf or wrap. Wrap it around the body from back to front, crossing the ends over the bosom. Tie the ends at the back of the neck as you would a halter-top.
- Faux Skirt: You will need an oversized square or triangle scarf or shawl to create this look. If your midsection is trim, you want to position the knot at your waistline, but if you need to disguise the hips, the scarf should be secured below the waist. Wrap from back to front and tie a square knot to secure.
Scarves and wraps for women can do double duty as outwear garments to replace a bulkier coat or jacket or function as a lightweight beach cover just to mention a few possibilities. They are flattering fashion pieces that transcend the seasons and trends with class and style.