How to Wear a Shrug

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A shrug is a short jacket with long sleeves that fits snugly and ties under the chest. A shrug adds style and warmth to any outfit. Pair a shrug with a variety of tops and bottoms and see how versatile this stylish accessory can be.

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  1. 1

    Wear a bright colored shrug with a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans for a crisp everyday look. Wear your shrug over a long tank top with baggy jeans and flip-flops for an ultra-casual look.

  2. 2

    Dress up Saturday night with a black shrug, a fitted T-shirt and a pair of cropped jeans. Accessorize with a black belt and black pumps. Choose a denim shrug over a spaghetti strap top and skinny jeans for an ultra-hip style.

  3. 3

    Select a knit or crocheted shrug for daytime. Save a slinky Lycra or fine cashmere shrug for evening.

  4. 4

    Create a glamorous look for the holidays or black tie events by selecting a shrug made of sequins, beads or lace. Add a touch of sophistication and warmth with a fur or black velvet shrug atop that special backless or strapless gown.

  5. 5

    Mix and match fabrics. Wear a metallic silver shrug with a satin camisole. Contrast a conservative white cotton blouse with a boldly striped knit shrug. Remember to select two different materials for the shrug and the top.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the top and the shrug in the same color family to elongate and slim your body.
  • Try the shrug on before you buy it. Make sure you can move freely despite the snug fit. Also check the fabric to make sure it won't shrink when you wash it.
  • Never match fabrics, even if you're wearing the same color. Always select different materials for the top and the shrug.

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