How to Fashionably Wear a Pashmina

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How to Fashionably Wear a Pashmina
Add colour to an outfit with a pashmina scarf. (scarf image by maxthewildcat from

To add colour to a monochromatic outfit, consider a pashmina scarf. This luxury accessory, made from the woollen fibres of Himalayan goats, is popular among celebrities and style-savvy women. Drape the pashmina around the shoulders or loop it stylishly about the neck. This versatile scarf can be worn fashionably year-round.

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  1. 1

    Tie the scarf Hollywood style. Lay two pashmina scarves lengthwise together. Fold one colour on top of the other. Wrap both scarves together around the neck or drape the scarves around the shoulders for a bold burst of colour.

  2. 2

    Adorn the neck with a European loop. Fold the pashmina scarf lengthwise. Drape it around the back of the neck. Tuck the scarf into a coat, jacket or dress shirt. Pull the fringed end through the looped end to knot.

  3. 3

    Wear the pashmina as a sash or belt. To add a pop of colour to a monochromatic outfit, tie the pashmina scarf around the waist. Fold a thin scarf lengthwise and pull it through the belt loops. Or tie the pashmina into a loose knot around the waist.

  4. 4

    Add sophistication around the shoulders with a pashmina shawl. Choose a pashmina about 60 inches long. Use this style to cover bare shoulders during the summer and spring months. This scarf is also a great evening wrap for a strapless gown.

  5. 5

    Drape the pashmina as a sarong. Accentuate the hips with a colourful pashmina scarf. Pair the sarong style with skirts and dresses instead of shorts and trousers.

  6. 6

    Secure the pashmina scarf with a brooch. Instead of tying the scarf, attach it to one shoulder with a colourful pin. Or drape the scarf around both shoulders and secure it in the middle of the chest with a brooch.

Tips and warnings

  • Pashmina scarf lengths range from 26 inches to 80 inches. The shorter scarves are perfect for head or neck wraps, while longer ones work best as shoulder wraps and sarongs.
  • Pashmina scarves tied at midchest tend to flatter most women.
  • Due to the fragile nature of the pashmina fabric, do not iron.
  • If the scarf contains multiple colours of yarn, do not handwash the scarf. Send it to a professional dry cleaner.

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