The pashmina: how to wear it to give an extra edge to your look. They are often used as synonyms, but pashmina and scarf differ in different features. Ethno-chic, sophisticated and precious, the pashmina is a glamorous accessory made with the finest yarns.
The scarf, one of the most warm and enveloping accessories ever, was created with the main purpose of sheltering from the cold, it can be made of fleece, wool or other soft and thick fabrics. The foulard, on the other hand, is a small silk or cotton handkerchief that makes it a perfect complement to style to tie around the neck, on the head or on the handles of the bag.
Origins and characteristics of the pashmina
The pashmina is an ancient accessory, born in India and owes its name to the very fine wool with which it is made. It is a renowned variety of cashmere wool obtained from the mantle of the Hircus goats of the Himalayan chain. It is a precious fiber that makes pashminas an elegant accessory, suitable for warming the neck in winter and in mid-season, but above all to embellish the outfits with a touch of class.
Precisely because of the precious and refined nature of the pashmina, in ancient times this accessory was worn on important occasions. Over the centuries the garment has crossed the borders of India, becoming a must to wear all over the world, appreciated for its comfort and value. Since the nineteenth century the pashmina has been exported to the West and the term has become commonplace to indicate fine and large cashmere shawls.
The creation of the pashminas has also changed over time: alongside the traditional models in precious wool, pashminas for women are now produced in infinite shades and patterns with materials such as cotton, viscose and linen. Instead, one of the distinctive features of these shawls remains unchanged, that is the important dimensions, which allow to wear the pashminas wrapping them like a cloak: in the Indian tradition they were in fact worn on typical clothes.
Tips for wearing with style
There are pashminas of every color and fantasy that lend themselves to completing and embellishing every outfit, both in winter, to keep the throat warm, and in summer, to repair the neck from air conditioning and evening breeze. In the colder months the wool pashmina can be worn over the anorak or coat. In spring, a cotton pashmina can be paired with a denim jacket for a casual-chic look.
The pashmina can be rolled completely around the neck, it can be folded longitudinally in two, then passing the tails exactly through its half or it can be knotted in an Arabic style: they are all tricks to wear this accessory in an easy and fashionable way. The pashmina, however, is also suitable for use in more formal and elegant occasions, such as ceremonies.
A model made with a fine style can be used to cover the shoulders during a religious ceremony, such as a baptism or a wedding, wearing it as a stole so that it falls on the arms so as to cover them. Even the stars adore this accessory: Carla Bruni, in the role of first lady of France, used to wear pashmina in the Indian style, that is wrapped around the bust, even in public outlets. Angelina Jolie instead wears the pashmina gently resting on her shoulders, thus creating a game of drapery.