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Shawl Styling

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umbel shawl

lilac chucks

I’m trying to make the most of the last days of summer warmth by wearing dresses. I found this dress on sale in New Look; it reminds me of The Great Gatsby & mint juleps, or perhaps 50s rock ‘n’ roll & mint ice cream. At any rate, I love the pastel trend, and I couldn’t resist this pair of lilac converse-style shoes to match my Umbel Shawl, even though there are probably more sensible colours for shoes…

A pretty dress with casual shoes is my favourite combination, because a) it looks like I haven’t tried too hard and b) I feel readier for adventures involving running, climbing and bouncing.

mint roses

And it just so happens that I was gifted these tiny mint-green rose earrings. Perfect match!

And here’s my classic LBD combination. This dress has a low back, so a light shawl is just the thing to take along in the evening.

umbel shawl

I think colour plays a big part in making your shawl look dressy or casual-chic. Lavender is a great colour because it complements most skin tones and hair colours, and it has an understated elegance. You may notice that the shawl looks quite vibrant against the mint green, whereas the black dress washes it out a little, making it appear nearer grey – more appropriate for evening wear.

mint green dress

I hope this gives you a few ideas for styling your shawls. If anyone is interested, I could write more about shawl styling, perhaps with some autumn hues. Let me know in the comments!

P.S. My Umbel isn’t looking quite as crisp because it’s been squished in a suitcase. Still not too shabby though, is it? I folded it at the points and laid it flat across the top of the case.

19th September, 2012  // Inspiration // tags: , , .

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