Indian shawls are a loose rectangular shaped piece of fabric that is draped over the shoulders or head. These garments are mostly used in order to keep warm during the winter months however, with contemporary styles in mind, they can be used to drape over a dress if wearing a jacket is inappropriate at that time.
As the name suggests, this garment originates from India, predominantly from Kashmir. Interestingly, the Indian shawl, when worn in Western Europe, was considered to be a high fashion garment which was worn by society’s elite in the 1800s.
Styling and Trends of Indian Shawls
One of the best things about shawls is their versatility. These garments can be thrown on over practically anything and it will jazz up you look. For casual lunches with friends, women prefer throwing on an embroidered shawl over an elegant salwar kameez.
For a similar moment, wearing indo western clothing with shawls is also perfectly acceptable. Women looking to heighten their fashion-quotient tend to make the shawl the centerpiece of the attraction of their ensemble as opposed to treating it as an accessory. For this, heavily embroidered shawls are ideal.
For formal occasions, a shawl can also be thrown on over a saree. A saree made from silk, georgette, chanderi, velvet or any other material is an ideal companion to these shawls. A light gauzy shawl can be draped over an anarkali suit instead of the dupatta that comes with it to create an interesting look.
When wearing a saree, it is ideal to wear high heeled shoes because they add to the fall of the saree and also to the height to the woman wearing them. They can also be worn with anarkali suits although flat V shaped footwear usually looks better with this.