The Different Types of Women's Scarves

Published: 01st November 2010
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If youíre looking to buy a womenís scarf, it can be confusing when you first start as there are a number of different styles. Despite there being a number of different types of womenís scarves, they all serve the same purpose; to keep you at a comfortable temperature and to add that extra bit of style to your outfit, whether itís casual or formal.

So here is a brief overview of the different types of women's scarves available to buy:

The Stole

Although there is no official definition, a stole can be categorised by three features; size, texture and use. In terms of size, a stole should be approximately 200cm in length and between 50cm-70cm in width. The fabric weight of a stole is typically extra light so it can be worn as a wrap in the summer. Ideally the stoleís veneer should be opaque which can be easily achieved if it is made from a 50% cashmere and 50% silk mix.

The Wrap

To the layman, there is little to choose between a wrap and a shawl. They are roughly the same size, although a wrap can sometimes be up to 100cm in width, and they more often than not worn around the shoulders and tops of the arms. However, where they differ is in fabric density. Wraps composed of cashmere and silk will have a higher cashmere content to give it added weight and warmth.

The Muffler

The muffler differs from the stole and the wrap as it is square in shape rather than rectangular. This makes the muffler unique in the scarf world and can produce several interesting styles.

The Shawl

Perhaps the most famous of womenís scarves is the cashmere shawl. It was popularised by fashionistas such as Empress Eugenie and Napoleonís wife Josephine and since then as been seen as the ultimate luxury scarf. Hand Woven cashmere shawls should measure at least 200cm-100cm and can be threaded through a gap a small as a wedding ring, hence the name Ring Shawl. These scarves are an investment and if cared for properly, they will become a heirlooms.

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