The origin of the word pashmina comes from the Persian word 'pashm' which means wool. The high quality and softness makes this a very special wool, well-known for its high price. It is cultivated from a rare breed of goats found in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. It is also found in Central America, particularly in Mongolia. The wool from the underbelly of these mountain goats is collected and blended with silk to produce pashmina. Although it is very light, it provides incredible warmth and is suitable for day time and evening wear.
Ways to Wear a Pashmina Shawl
Be it a formal or casual occasion, a pashmina shawl is the most versatile accessory to own. It adds a touch of elegance and glamor to even the most simplest of outfits. There are various ways and styles of wrapping a pashmina around you.
The Noose Wrap
This style was made popular by the then fashion icon Grace Kelly. To create this stylish yet elegant look, fold your pashmina shawl into half, lengthwise, so that the folded edge is facing you. Now fold it in half again, but along its width. Put the folded pashmina behind your head and insert the open end of the shawl through the loop at the folded end. Pair this with a boyfriend jacket and dangling earrings. This look suits a heart-shaped face with a strong bone structure.
Double Pashmina Wrap
This is a great way to wear a pashmina shawl. For this you require two shawls in contrasting colors, like blue and pink. Intertwine both the shawls all around and drape them around the neck. This style is suitable for all face structures.
Shoulder Shrug Shawl
This style has the ability to transform a plain outfit to an ultra chic one in a matter of minutes. Just make sure that you choose a bold eye-popping color, like blood red or canary yellow, for the scarf. To get this look, wrap a long and wide scarf loosely over your shoulders. Drape one end of the scarf across your shoulders and keep the other end hanging at the end. Don't try to get a too neat appearance, just drape it loosely a boat necked look.
The Looped Shawl
To create this look, you need a long rectangular pashmina shawl. Place the shawl across the back of your neck and leave one side hanging slightly longer than the other side. Now, wrap the side that is longer around your neck, draping it around your neck in a counterclockwise direction. The shawl should end where you began draping it, with the end hanging down on your front.
A fun way to tie a lightweight shawl is the headband. For this, take a square shawl and fold the two opposite corners to form a triangle. Now, roll it to form a long narrow hair tie. Place this on your crown of your head, and tie the ends at the back of your neck. This is a great look if you need to camouflage a bad hair day.
The best way to wear a pashmina is to drape it across your shoulders. This is one of the most timeless and classy ways to wear for an elegant night out.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your look simple. Do not be afraid to experiment and create your own unique style. So, now that you know how to wear a pashmina shawl, why not try some of the ideas given above and get ready to look effortlessly elegant.