I received a comment last week asking what I wear my shawls with. I have been very slow in responding, so I apologize. Rather than just responding via email, I thought this topic would make a good post, especially considering how popular shawl knitting has become.
I usually pair my shawls with either a matching outfit (ex: my rusty orange melon shawl with a rusty colored top, or my blue-green spring shawl with a green or turquoise top) a contrasting outfit (ex: my white swallowtail shawl with a black top and dark denim skirt, or the rusty orange melon shawl with an olive green top), or a neutral outfit (ex: any colored shawl with a crisp white top and khakis or dark denim). Currently I have only three shawls, but I have plans to knit about four more. Lol.
When in doubt about whether a shawl will compliment your outfit, think of it as a sweater. Would you wear that color of sweater with that outfit? Or think of it as an accessory. In today’s fashion, it is quite popular to add a beaded necklace or a pair of shoes in a contrasting shade to the outfit you are wearing. Would you wear an accessory in this color with the outfit you are wearing?
Have fun with your shawls! Use a bright color to punch-up a dreary or neutral colored outfit. Use a neutral shawl to contrast with brights or a matching shawl for color cohesiveness. (Just remember…if you mix too many different colors together, you may look like a clown. If you use too many neutrals, your outfit may be uninteresting and lack a focal point.)