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Choosing a Theme for Your Silk Scarf or Shawl

Updated on November 29, 2010

 Women often avoid wearing patterns on their clothing. It may be the result of fear of appearing garish or loud, unsuitable or simply unpractical. As a result, much of the clothing stuffed in closets and drawers tends to be insipid and lackluster. This bland tendency extends even to accessories. You will find purses, shoes and even silk shawls and scarves consisting of solid blocks of solitary shades.

 When you dare to be different, you may run into a problem. Where do you start? How do you select a design that complements our fashion and personality? Consider the possibilities of the dramatic and distinctive hand painted designs of silk shawls or scarves. It turns any ho-hum silk scarf into stunning wearable art. Take the time, however, to locate the correct theme. It is well worth the endeavor. Consider the following to help guide you through the process.  

Think about the things you like

Comfort is important. To arrive at this, consider themes that express these qualities. If you adore roses, wear roses. Spend some time looking at specific themes displayed on hand painted shawls and scarves. This will provide you with an indication of what does and does not appeal to you.

Modern or traditional?

 Stop and consider your personality traits. What styles do you normally opt for? Do you categorize yourself as modern or traditional? If you are the former, consider, perhaps, an abstract pattern consisting of angles and straight lines. If you are a staunch traditionalist, you may prefer to choose flowers, birds or natural designs in either muted or bright shades.

Think about your favorite artists

 More than likely, you will never discover the rendition of one of your favorite works of art among the distinctive designs of these hand painted silk shawls and scarves. You might, however, note a similarity or an echo of their style.

Think about what you don’t like

 If you are stuck, try employing reverse psychology. Consider what you are absolutely not attracted to. Examine a wide range of scarves and shawls in this light. This method can help you rule out many themes leaving those you like.

Don’t forget that color matters

 Be careful not to confuse the theme or design with color. Sometimes a design appears inappropriate because of the use of color. A flower motif, for example, appears quite different if portrayed in bold colors than in softer hues. Carefully check to see you are not simply ignoring a because of its color. Hunt around for a silk scarf or shawl that is the same theme but comes in a different shade.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Wonderful design.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good topic for a moment for sharing with my significant other over coffee..

      Thanks for sharing.

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