Wrap Yourself in Elegance
A special occasion calls for evening attire and a beautiful wrap is the perfect accessory to complete the your ensemble. Whether you are going to a formal dinner, out on the town or to a prom, a beautiful wrap will give you style and glamour. But exactly what wrap will best suit your outfit. Most women have party and formal dresses, shoes suitable for evening and a wealth of fashion jewelry. But when it comes to a wrap, well, what to wear? A heavy winter coat overwhelms your glamorous gown and that sporty jacket just won't do. Here's where an evening wrap makes the difference between looking well dressed and fabulous.
Do you want to enhance a demure dress or soften a more elaborate outfit. For a formal occasion you may want a stole to set off your gown or you can select a shawls for a more casual event. For a cool evening a sleeved wrap or cape may provide more warmth. At a dinner dance a chiffon or tulle shawl can be easily slipped on or off to eat or dance.
Also consider the season. Some wraps are seasonal an others can be worn all year depending on the occasion. For spring and summer, you can choose lace, chiffon and floral print scarves. For cooler months a soft shrug, fur stole or velvet capelet will keep your warm and makes a fashion impact.
How a wrap can enhance your silhouette is also important. To show off a small waist or an hourglass figure, choose a shawl, capelet, shrug, stole or jacket cropped above the waist. To hide a few extra pounds, a poncho, large shawl or batwing cardigan can help. To correct wide hips you can wear a wrap that is wide across the shoulders such stole or bolero.
Whatever look you are striving for, a wrap can make the difference between looking well dressed or fabulous
TYPES OF WRAPS
Boas: Boas are long strings of feathers glued and sewn together. They are usually made of marabou, turkey, chandelle, ostrich, peacock or pheasant feathers. Boas add drama to your ensemble and are fun to wear. They come in a wide range of colors and are great for dress up and costume events.
Bolero: A bolero is a more formal evening jack. It is cropped to the waist or above and has long sleeves. It closes in font at one point, either at the neck or on the bodice. The cut of a bolero broadens your shoulders and narrows your waist.
Cloak or Cape: Capes are made with a loose fabric which fastens at the neck and may have a hood. They are worn over formal dresses to provide enough room for a full skirt and to make a fashion statement. Capes may come below the waist or be full length and often have slits for the arms and hands to extend. Long opera gloves can be used to keep the arms warm and add style to the look.
Capelet: Similar to a cape, a capelet is a cropped above the waist, usually without a hood. It is full and fits loosely with a closure at the neck. It will keep your shoulders warm and accentuate your figure.
Jackets: Evening jackets provide a sophisticated look for your evening attire. They may be sheer or made from satin, velvet or other opulent fabrics. Many women prefer a jacket to give better coverage to their arms. an evening jacket pairs nicely with a cocktail dress, floor length formal or dressy pants outfit.
Scarves: Scarves are a great way to add color and dash to you look. They can be worn in an incredible number of ways. You can use them to keep you neck warm and make a plain wrap look more lively or as a wrap themselves. Their light weight lends to their versatility.
Batwing or Kimono Sleeve: Batwing or kimono sleeve ccardigans another great choice. They are a unique style and give lots of coverage. With a plain dress this wrap becomes the main interest.
Stole: A stole is a very formal wrap. It is cut to cover the the shoulders and emphasize your ensemble. It can look breathtaking over a formal gown.
Shawls: Shawls are a versatile fashion accessory that look effortlessly stylish. Shawls come in a vast array of fabrics. Soft fabrics include chiffon, organza and lace. For warmth you can choose satin, pashmina and velvet to name a few. You selection may be based on your desire for warmth or how well a material will drape.
Shawls basically come in a few shapes, triangle, square and oblong. Most are worn tied loosly in the font on with one side draped over the back to keep them in place. For more versatility you can secure them with a brooch which will better keep them in place. A triangle shawl secured with a brooch gives you the most freedom for your arms and hands. Square shawls may provide the most warmth as the fabric is doubled when worn as a triangle. Oblong shawls have more fabric and can drape well over the shoulder. They allow more fabric to cover both your front and back. They are often worn draped over the arms when not needed for warmth. Shawls come in many flattering styles and fabrics. Appliqued shawls use smaller pieces of fabric to add to the shawls to give a two dimensional textured design. Flowers made of chiffon and secured with beads are an example of appliqued shawls. Beaded shawls use lightweight seed and bugle beads to create or emphasize a design such as stems and flowers on a tulle shawl. Often worn for weddings, chiffon shawls offer a minimalist cover and come in a wide range of colors. Lace is a traditional shawl material. Pastels are beautiful in the spring and summer and black and other dark shades look sensational over holiday clothes. Linen shawls always have a crisp hatbox look. Pashmina and other wool shawls can be used for day or evening, work well in any season and make a warm neck wrap for winter months.
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