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Wrap and shawl inspiration 21.04.2014, 0 Comments

The European spring and summer is traditionally a time of celebration and at BESOS there is nothing we enjoy more than getting all dressed for a summer wedding, confirmation or garden party. Unfortunately, in Northern Europe at least, the weather can be still be quite chilly in summer time - especially later in the evening after the sun has gone down. That's why we're of the view that a beautiful wrap or shawl is the perfect accessory for the summer party season - the right one can complete your look and keep you warm on those cooler nights.

Choosing the right shawl for a party dress can be a bit of a challenge. It might seem simplest to choose a shawl in the same colour as your dress, but our preference is always to find something which complements your dress without looking too 'matchy-matchy'. As we show in the photo below, it's possible to highlight a beautiful pastel coloured dress by styling it with a shawl in a matching cool tone. Working a tone-on-tone combination like this is always an elegant choice. A black and white dress can be styled with any number of different coloured shawls, while a multicoloured dress is most beautiful when styled with a shawl which accentuates just one of the colours in the dress.

How to style a shawl with a summer dress

The actual way in which you style the shawl is a matter of personal taste. The shawl in the photo above, for example, is styled loosely around the model's neck and shoulders, giving a simple yet stylish look. If you're going for a more casual look, you can always let the shawl hang completely loose around your neck, shoulders or back, with both ends down the front of the dress or covering the upper arms.

But remember: When you choose your shawl, it's important to focus on selecting something in a good quality fabric, or you might ruin your overall look. A good quality shawl or wrap need not be restyled throughout the night, but will remain as you first styled it for many hours. If the shawl is of a beautiful quality and nicely styled, the dress is actually less important - that is, a very simple and inexpensive dress can be made to look like a million dollars with the right accessorises. We often recommend customers think about upgrading an old favourite dress with a new shawl or wrap to totally revitalise the look. Believe us: it's all about accessories!

See our selection of beautiful wraps and shawls.