Pashmina Scarves


So how exactly are pashmina scarves (or cashmere if you will) different from other scarf styles? It's because of the comfy, soft, warm and luxurious feel of the fabric and nice sheen that makes them special.

Cream pashmina scarf with fringes by Nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom

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High-quality pashmina shawls are basically silk mixed with cashmere wool from the underbelly of the Himalayan Mountain Goats in a faraway land called Kashmir (sounds exotic yet weird, huh?) so they are really a perfect scarf option for the fashion-conscious woman who appreciates both quality and luxury in one piece. So unlike regular wool scarves these are silky to the touch yet appropriate and durable for daily wear.

Before hitting the shops, let's take a look at some tips on how to buy a pashmina scarf:

How to Buy Pashmina Scarves

Invest in real pashmina scarves

The common telltale-signs of fake pashmina is the low durability, poor heat retention and lack of shape and body. They're cheap and have some luxury fabric in it but lack many of the finest features you can experience with a real pashmina scarf.

So if you want your pashmina to last, invest in the real thing. One way to figure out if it's genuine is to carefully examine the website and item description.

Any of these fabrics in the description indicates fabric mix which doesn't make the pashmina real: Viscose, acrylic, or polyester. They are the common artificial fabrics that reduce the quality of pashmina.

Understand the silk and cashmere percentage

Silk is commonly added to pashminas.10-20% silk blend gives the right amount of softness, however higher silk percentages should be reconsidered as they are finer and more fragile.

    Mini note Tip: If you choose the 70/30 silk mix make sure you don't wear anything that will easily hook on to the fabric and create small holes and loose threads. So avoid wearing it with jewelry such as long earrings, charm necklaces and cocktail rings (trust me, I know this from experience. And it sucks).

Secure a couple of versatile styles

That means buy the pashmina scarves in solid neutrals such as classic black, chocolate brown, dark navy blue, dark olive green and beige. These neutrals match with absolutely everything and survive all of the seasons in a year.

Don't be afraid to go bold

Peach coral ombre pashmina cashmere scarf
Gradient Scarf via Nordstrom


If you already have the pashmina scarf in black and other versatile colors, then it's time to try trendier styles that ooze freshness, such as high-impact colors like pink, red, and brighter blues. Anything other than the neutrals is good.

They are also available in ombre (color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark. Pretty neat.) and exotic prints. If you like layering your clothes then I recommend looking for scarves with fringes to accentuate your casual personal style.

But always make sure that the colors flatter your skin tone, hair and eye color. It'll give your face a healthy glow! Basically, blue-based colors suit cool-toned women (blond, ashy brown, blue-black hair, pink or pinkish skin) and yellow/orange-based hues flatter women with warmer colorings (golden/reddish hair, yellow/peach skin).

I personally love, love wearing terracotta and tomato red against my olive skin tone. They make my eyes sparkle and add color to my lips.

Select the right size

When reading the item description make sure it is in the right size for your needs. Like for example if you're after a pashmina wrap to roll several times around your neck or cover most of your shoulders then look for bigger sizes.

    Tip: Buy a pashmina scarf as a gift! You never go wrong with pashmina wrap scarf (yes, even for guys - but opt for the simple and narrower ones, not the shawl). It's versatile for both women and men, and people of all ages and styles. A shawl is ideal and rescues them when the winter gets really beasty.


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How to Wear Pashmina

The chic way to wear a pashmina is to gently twine it over your shoulder, letting both of the ends dangle loosely from each side (think French style), or if you want a more practical yet trendy approach to this type of scarf, then wrap it snugly (not tight) around your neck wearing it as a warming protection when it's cold outside.

Here are other cute ways to wear to wear pashmina scarves:
    Jennifer Aniston wearing a turquoise blue pashmina scarf
    Jennifer Aniston Via WENN
  • French style number 2. Another French fashion-looking style is wrapping it around your neck with one end over your shoulder.
  • Parisian knot. Tie the scarf in front of you and let the end hang down. This is a casual look that works well for day or night.
  • Double it up with another color with another color for a dramatic two-toned effect. Twist both of them together for an original look.
  • Combine it with heaps of necklaces. This is trendy look for fall and winter months, and a favorite among bohonistas who love layers. Add whatever necklace you like. Pearls with black pashmina for black & white and classy look, multiple chain necklaces with crimson red for an edgy and bright outfit, or ethnic print beaded necklace. The choice is yours!

There are of course several other ways to wear a pashmina (or scarves in general) but I'm saving this topic for a video how-to or an individual page ;-)

Shop Pashmina Scarves Online

Here you'll find the best deals:

5 star Nimli provides a huge range of organic pashmina scarves and shawls.Their ombre two-toned scarves are worth a look.

5 star Pashmina International offers a good selection of affordable and simple pashminas. Free shipping on all orders are included

5 star Novica is the best place to find unique cashmere shawls that are made with love (handmade) icon

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