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.
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.
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.
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
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.
More fashion advice on Scarves:
How to Wear PashminaThe 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:
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 OnlineHere you'll find the best deals:
Azuri New York provides a huge range of organic pashmina scarves and shawls.Their ombre two-toned scarves are worth a look.
Novica is the best place to find
unique cashmere shawls that are made with love (handmade)
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