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Scarves and Wraps for Women: Pictures and Videos

Updated on March 28, 2018
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Donna is a retired Certified Image Consultant with experience in women's fashions and cosmetics. She loves sharing insider fashion tips.

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. Even better, 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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Lacy shawls make demure (but sweetly sexy) headcoverings. Mesh scarves are simple to crochet but look elegant and elaborate.Knitted shawls are light and airy but provide extra warmth for the shoulders on cool nights. Use scarves and wraps to add brilliant bursts of colors to outfits.Few garments are as luxurious as pashmina shawls, which make you feel like a million dollars. Pashmina shawls make extravagant wedding favors that will be remembered for a long. long time.
Lacy shawls make demure (but sweetly sexy) headcoverings.
Lacy shawls make demure (but sweetly sexy) headcoverings. | Source
Mesh scarves are simple to crochet but look elegant and elaborate.
Mesh scarves are simple to crochet but look elegant and elaborate. | Source
Knitted shawls are light and airy but provide extra warmth for the shoulders on cool nights.
Knitted shawls are light and airy but provide extra warmth for the shoulders on cool nights. | Source
Use scarves and wraps to add brilliant bursts of colors to outfits.
Use scarves and wraps to add brilliant bursts of colors to outfits. | Source
Few garments are as luxurious as pashmina shawls, which make you feel like a million dollars.
Few garments are as luxurious as pashmina shawls, which make you feel like a million dollars. | Source
Pashmina shawls make extravagant wedding favors that will be remembered for a long. long time.
Pashmina shawls make extravagant wedding favors that will be remembered for a long. long time. | Source

Scarf Tips from the Scarf Magican

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.

Turn a Scarf Into a Halter

How to Tie Four in Hand Knot

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.

Use scarves and shawls for dresses that are a little too revealing or need a pop of color. Dress up that ubiquitous little black dress with a fur wrap or a glittery scarf.

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:

  1. 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; see video above for visual instructions).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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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.

© 2012 Donna Cosmato

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    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Rosemay. I've always loved accessorizing with scarves, and I learned some new tricks myself from the Scarf Magician. I'm so glad you liked this!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great article Donna. You have shown a wonderful selection of types ofscarves. I have several scarves they can make such a difference to an outfit. Thank you for the video of the scarf magician

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the vote, moonlake. I really glad so many people enjoyed this hub. I enjoyed putting it together and playing with my own shawls and scarves to get some new ideas on how to accessorize with them.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      I don't leave the house in the winter without a scarve the brighter the color the better. Enjoyed your hub. Voted.

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Lesley! I love shawls and scarves because they are so versatile yet inexpensive! I'm glad you enjoy this hub; I really enjoyed creating it.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love pashmina's - scarves are so popular these days, they are a great fashion accessory.

      Thank you for an interesting hub, voted up!

      Best wishes Lesley

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi, Ricky, thanks for your feedback on this hub. Scarves are quite the thing this year, so I'm glad I held onto a few. It's always nice to hear from you - have a beautiful day!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Donna, very useful information on scarves. I didn't know they were so many different types. I would say they are big in the fashion world though. Great article. Best wishes.

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks a million, Anurag! I'm glad you liked this one - I love writing about beautiful fashions like these shawls and wraps!

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      Anurag Ghosh 

      6 years ago

      Great article! Loved the series of images at the top. Beautiful! Voted up.

    • DonnaCosmato profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you liked this article on scarves and wraps, always exploring. These are some of my favorite fashion accessories because they are inexpensive and require no special skills or abilities as a "fashion magician."

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like a beautiful sweater scarf in the wintertime. I don't think they will ever go out of style. Your article was interesting..Thank you..

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