How to Wear a Shawl – 5 Stylish Ways

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Have a shawl, wrap or pashmina in your closet? Most of us ladies do! Shawls are so versatile that they are a staple in many women’s wardrobes. Did you know that there are various ways to wear a shawl than just the classic way around the arms? I’m here to show you how to wear a shawl in 6  different ways that will be great for use during any season. Take a look!

1. Belted Shawl

Open your shawl, and make a triangle, now wrap it around your shoulders. Add a belt to it around your waist, the belt will ensure that the shawl stays in place. Also, it will make you look like you have an hourglass figure. The look will keep you warm and stylish at the same time! If you’ve ever wondered how you can wear a shawl with a dress, the belted shawl may be a great option for you!

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2. Classic Wrap

This is truly a classic way to wear your shawl. All you need to do is make a triangle, and drape it behind your neck, now take both the ends and Cross over each other taking it behind the neck and tie it so that it is secured.

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3. Modest Wrap

Make a triangle and wear it on the chest area keeping the ends on your back, now cross over the ends and pull it back in the front.

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4. Half Tied Shawl

Make a triangle of your shawl, place it on your chest keeping the ends behind. Cross over the ends at the back of your neck and pull the ends in the front now tie two knots of the ends to secure it.

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5. The Wrap We All Know

Keep your shawl on your shoulders like so, now warp one end to the opposite shoulder and another end to the opposite shoulder. And you’re good to go! This is how you should wear a wrap shawl.

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BONUS – 6 Double Crossover

Place the shawl on your shoulders and cross over to the other shoulder and place it in the front. Now take the right hand below the loop and pull the left end inside. Likewise, take the left hand into the neck loop and pull the right end inside. Adjust and your double-crossed shawl look is completed.

PS – take a look at some of our favorite shawls here.

So there you have it! These are just the 5 (+1) ways to style a shawl and there are still many different ways to wear them. Shawls can be a great piece to complete your outfit, especially in the cold winter! Not only are they a great accessory but they can also be the functional yet eye-catching piece around your neck that can enhance the overall look you are going for.

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Content Creator for Wardrobe Hackers

Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).


  1. Lynn Anderberg

    In re to your “How To Wear A Shaw” article, pictures are worth a thousand words.

    • Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

      We agree Lynn and we will make this happen soon for you! 🙂 Thank you for reading the article!


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