Shawls are a must-have element in the winters whether you live in the cold Northern areas or in the warmer areas of Pakistan like Karachi. They are not just to keep you warm but are quite an appealing element in winter clothing.
However, just investing in monotone shawls won’t give you the look you deserve. Keeping in mind that winters are just round the corner, we have gathered some useful tips for you to select shawls or dresses with shawls that exude sophistication and elegance.
1. Color Selection
The first thing to look for when selecting a winter outfit is the color of the shawl. If you’ve selected a 2-piece outfit from Alkaram Studio’s winter collection, you must select a shawl that complements the outfit, making it look like a put-together ensemble.
Here are some color ideas for you when selecting a shawl for your dress:
A Shade Darker
Choosing a shawl that is a shade darker than your dress can create an elegant and visually appealing contrast. For example, if you're wearing a light-colored dress, a slightly darker shawl can add depth and sophistication to your outfit.
Same Color Shawls
Many people opt for shawls that is the same color as the dress. This monochromatic, muted look is perfect for work outfits. However, it also looks great if you want to exude sophistication. For example, a black shawl with gold elements on a black dress would look quite regal.
For a more vibrant and eye-catching combination, you can select a shawl that contrasts with the color of your dress. Complementary colors or striking contrasts can make your outfit stand out.
For instance, a bright colored shawl with a pastel-colored dress would create quite an appealing color combination.
2. Material Selection
Once you have made up your mind about the color, it is time to consider materials.
Velvet shawls are luxurious and perfect for formal occasions. They add a touch of opulence to your outfit, making it suitable for winter events or evening gatherings.
Pashmina shawls are made from fine cashmere wool and are incredibly soft and lightweight. They are versatile and can complement both casual and formal attire. In fact, lightweight pashmina shawls with embroidered borders look great as both formal and casual wear.
You might find a few pieces in Alkaram Studio’s Winter Collection which come with Khaddar shawls. Khaddar is a thick material, but it gives a casual and relaxed look – perfect for colder winter days.
Jacquard shawls are perfect as formal wear. These shawls have intricate woven patterns and the detailed designs are what add a touch of elegance to your ensemble.
3. Design Selection
The third and final factor to consider when picking a shawl for your outfit or a 3-piece shawl suit is the design.
While shawls come in various colors including simple beige and black and designed with heavy or light embroidery, you must choose the design according to the outfit.
For instance, a simple shawl would balance the look of a heavily embroidered outfit. On the other hand, an embroidered shawl can turn up the volume to any dress it is paired with.
Embroidered shawls are adorned with intricate patterns or designs created through embroidery. They are a great choice for special occasions and can add a touch of femininity to your outfit.
Jacquard shawls feature woven patterns that add texture and depth to your ensemble. These are suitable for formal events and can be paired with solid-colored dresses for a polished look.
Alkaram Studio’s winter collection for 2023 features a lot of 3-piece outfits that come with shawls. However, shawls are not just a third element in an outfit. You can rock a shawl with a 3-piece dupatta outfit as well. On the other hand, you could also add a shawl as a dupatta to your 2-piece ensemble.
When choosing the perfect combination of a shawl and dress for women, consider the occasion, weather, and your personal style. Experiment with different combinations to find what suits you best, and don't forget to pay attention to details like accessories and makeup to complete your overall look.