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What are the Differences Between a Scarf, Shawl, Wrap, and Stole

Fashion is constantly changing. Indeed, new trends seem to take over the culture with each passing day. And while it's true that fashion is always in a state of flux, there are things that are always in fashion when utilized in the right way. One of the best examples of this are scarfs, shawls, wraps, and stoles. Despite how common these accessories are, people always seem to be so confused about them. This is why we thought it would be useful to put together a brief discussion on this subject. If this is something that you’re interested in learning more about, read on for the differences between scarfs, shawls, wraps, and stoles.

What Is a Scarf?

Scarves are among the most popular accessories worn by fashion-conscious celebrities. You can often see a mix of scarves and jackets or coats on celebrities. Without scarves, winter fashion would be incredibly bland.

The scarf is a piece of cloth made of a particular material that can be wrapped around the neck. It can be worn with both casual and formal clothing with ease. There are so many different kinds, that vary depending on the materials used. Cashmere scarves are the most popular types of scarves thanks to their unique design and texture.

What Is a Shawl?

The shawl is a traditional piece of clothing. It is somewhat similar to a rectangular scarf. It is longer than a scarf, however, and is usually loose-fitting so that it can be wrapped around the neck as well as over the head. The primary purpose of a shawl is to provide warmth; shawls can be large enough to cover the upper part of the body. A typical shawl has dimensions of approximately 100-200 cm. The shawl is known for its elegant appearance. It can be used in different styles and still look elegant. No matter how you wear the shawl, it will always have an aesthetic appeal.

What Is a Stole?

Stoles are lighter and fancier than classic women’s shawls, so they are suitable for younger style icons. Shawls are wide, while stoles are narrower than shawls. Additionally, they are manufactured in Pashmina as well as silk. There are a few manufacturers that produce fur stoles now. A stole can add texture and color to an ordinary outfit when worn on top of a black dress.

What Is a Wrap?

If you look up the definition of 'wrap' in a dictionary, you'll see that it has various definitions. Some definitions are of the wrap as a shawl or stole. However, there is one big difference between these two items.  The wrap is a casual clothing accessory. It may be made of natural fabric like wool, Pashmina, or silk. It is often used in combination with a dress or a skirt.   Shawls are usually classic items of clothing made of textured fabrics like wool, Pashmina, or silk. They may also be used in combination with a dress or skirt. 


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you differentiate these accessories. With this information, you’ll be able to incorporate these different accessories into your daily outfits. Be sure to keep everything you learned here in mind so that you can make the most informed decision that will help you with your daily styling needs.

If you’re looking for new cute scarves to keep you warm and stylish at the same time, check out our silk collection at Scarflings. We have different styles and designs of scarves that will surely suit you. Find your new favorite scarf today!