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5 Trendy Ways to Wear Your Scarf!

In About Scarves, Fashion Scarves on March 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Now that you have enriched your wardrobe with some fabulous new scarves you’re probably wondering what the most flattering ways to wear them are. Because here at La Purse we are all about feeling and looking good we are presenting you with 5 trendy ways to wear your favorite scarves!

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1. Basic Style. This is the most popular way to wear your scarf: simply draped around your neck, with each end flowing free. Your look will be super stylish and comfy!

2. Knot Style. In order to wear your scarf “the knotical” way you simply have to wrap it around the front of your neck, then cross its ends at the back of the neck and bring them back to the front where you make a loose knot. Try it, it’s easy!

3. Aviator Style. This is one of my favorite ways to wear scarves. Here’s what I do: I drape the scarf around my neck and then leave one end hanging loosely on the opposite shoulder. This style is perfect for when you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to work on a sophisticated look. I like to call this “the get stylish in no time” style!

4. The Sophisticated Style. This way of wearing your scarves is perfect for a business lunch, a date, a walk in the park or a night on the town with the girls. Here’s how you obtain this look: take your scarf and fold it lengthwise; then, while holding opposite ends, tie each end together by making a knot in the back of your neck. The hanging corners can be adjusted in the front until they form a cowl.

5. Scarves worn as Shawls. For those of who weren’t aware of this new trend, scarves can be worn as shawls at weddings. They can perfectly complement your wedding dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses and even your jewelry!

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Bridesmaid Pashmina Shawls

(Picture from LaPurse.com)

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Style Tip: Scarves as Head Wear

In About Scarves, Fashion Scarves on March 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

Who says that scarves should be worn only wrapped around your neck or just as shawls?! Scarves are extremely versatile fashion items so you can wear them pretty much any way you’d like: wrapped around your wrist, as a belt or, the cutest way of all and my personal favorite, as a head band! In this post we are presenting scarves as head wear.

Here are some of the reasons why you should replace your typical headbands with one of our colorful scarves:

  • You will look super cute and stylish! Just imagine what a cute scarf in a bright color can do to a simple monochromatic outfit. Choose bright colored scarves in shades of red, pink, purple or yellow and wrap them around you head. You will really stand out in a crown!
  • They can save you when you’re having a “bad hair day”. I’m sure this happens to you every once in a while: you wake up with the worst hair and nothing seems to work, plus you don’t have the time to go to the hairdresser or style it yourself. The solution: pick out a scarf from your closet and wear it as a head band. For maximum of cuteness, make a cute bow in front or if you’re looking for a retro look simply make a tight knot on the back of your head, cover it with your hair and leave the ends of the scarf flowing loosely on your back or place them on one of your shoulders.
  • You will feel totally comfortable. It has happened to me, more than once, to feel like my head is going to explode while wearing a tight headband. It was just too tight! I can assure you that you won’t be having this problem with scarves.
  • Every celebrity fashionista is wearing them! If you are a fashion lover and you are constantly looking up what celebrities are wearing and what trends are hot right now, then you know that scarves as headbands are favorites of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan, Rihanna and Eva Longoria just to name a few!
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  • They can keep your hair in place even when you’re at the beach! Plus you will look stylish even when you are tanning or swimming.

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Handbag Trends for 2010

In Women's Scarves on March 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

My opinion is that handbag styles and trends are usually a personal choice but once I took a peak at the 2010 trends I could not help myself but crave for at leas one of the great bags and purses designers presented. Here are some of the hit styles of this year:

  • Subtle embellishments. This year it’s all about soft elements so look for pleats, rouching, weaving of the exterior material of the bag; fringe; mixed media such as leather with suede; patent leather; metallic closures, lots of straps and interesting handles. Here’s what we propose:

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1. Woven Handbag ($55)
2. Imitation Leather Shoulder Bag ($25)
3. Patent Leather Shoulder Bag ($230.00)

  • Handbags in spring and jewel tones. Basically we are talking about handbags in gorgeous tones of light blue, purple, pink, ruby, amethyst or sapphire. Because La Purse always takes care of it’s customers’ needs, here are some of our colorful bags:

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1. Imitation Leather Satchel($43) in a beautiful light blue color
2. Imitation Satchel with flower embellishments ($49.00) in a gorgeous shade of bright purple
3. Leather Tote ($160.00) in royal blue.

  • Multi Pockets Handbags are another huge trend this year. On the inside or on the outside, your bag needs to have pockets. This type of handbag is not only stylish but also very functional.

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  • Oversized Bags. This trend is my personal favorite and I’m happy it’s been around for quite some time. Once again, you can chose from a large selection of stylish bags:

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1. Woven Handbag ($55)
2. Imitation Leather Shoulder Bag ($30)
3. Quilted Patent Leather Tote ($260)

  • Double Carry Options Purses. These purses come with both a shoulder strap and a small handle so you can wear your bag any way you like to. This type of bag is practical and perfect for every day use.
  • The bags that that will never go out of style: the Classic Shaped Bags and Purses. Everybody loves this trend: it’s simple, easy to wear…it’s perfect!

brownbag Tergan Leather Shoulder Bag($260.00)

Animal Print Handbags. Animal print has also been going strong for a long time and nowadays bold patterns like these are everywhere. We dare you to go wild with our Giraffe Print Satchel ($43.00)!

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So why spend lot of money on designer handbags when you can get the next best thing right here at great prices?! Happy handbags shopping!

Hot Spring 2010 Trend: Scarves

In Women's Scarves on March 24, 2010 at 3:14 am

The best thing about scarves is that they are one fashion item that never goes out of style. That is why it’s always a great idea to invest in scarves. There is a perfect scarf for each and every one of you as they come in every shade or pattern you can think of: bright or neutrals, flower print, animal print, paisleys, zigzags, with stripes, bubbles. You just have to pick your favorite and you’re good to go!

This trend was first brought to our attention in 2008 by actress Freida Pinto who, when the closing credits roll in the Oscar winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, wears what seems to be this season’s perfect accessory: a long, yellow, splashed with gold medallions scarf. During the railroad station platform dance, the actress was wearing the famous yellow scarf paired with a simple white tank top and blue jeans. Take a look at the pictures to see how a simple, casual outfit can be transformed into a very stylish one with the simple addition of a trendy scarf!

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Designers all over the world promise that lightweight scarves are the perfect accessory for this year’s spring and summer. And if designers recommend it who are we to disagree? 🙂 But the scarves weren’t present only on the catwalks, we have already seen them on the necks and heads of celebrity fashionistas like Jessica Alba, Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan, Gisele Bundchen and Kim Kardashian just to name a few. So you can definitely take a peak at their styles and get inspired on how to wear your scarves.

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Nowadays scarves are more than clothing items – scarves are replacing necklaces and they’re doing it with success! Wrap a colorful scarf around your neck and combine it with an all black ensemble and you can really lighten it up! Scarves are one of those items that can totally dress up an outfit or turn something dull into something trendy and interesting. It all depends on how you decide to wear them. Also, they are perfectly appropriate for any event: day or night. Another great thing about scarves is that they are one fashion item that can be worn by both men and women and look equally stylish.

We invite you to take a look at our large and colorful collection of high quality Pashmina Scarves and enrich your wardrobe with one or even more trendy scarves!

How to wear a pashmina – Video!

In Pashmina Shawls and Scarves on March 8, 2010 at 4:34 am

 

Here is the video we promised, showing you many interesting ways to wear your pashmina shawl. Hope you enjoy it!

Some ways to wear/tie a pashmina

In Pashmina Shawls and Scarves on March 8, 2010 at 4:30 am

Here are some ways to wear/tie a pashmina. In the next blog we will post a video showing even more ways to wear a pashmina! Yeah!

Pashmina shawls are never out of fashion. The reason for this is that pashmina shawls can be worn in many different ways and come in a huge selection of colors.

In this guide, we will cover some of the many different ways to wear a pashmina shawl, step-by-step.

Belt Style

1. Place the pashmina shawl around your waist (back to front)
2. Tuck the pashmina securely into itself in the front or on the side

Noose Wrap

1. Fold the pashmina shawl in half, length-wise
2. Drape the folded pashmina around your neck
3. Insert the two ends through the created fold

Full Shawl Wrap

1. Drape the pashmina over your shoulders
2. Tuck or tie the pashmina in the front of you

Pashmina Stole

1. Drape the pashmina over your shoulders
2. Bring the pashmina across your front

Hollywood Style (Requires two pashmina shawls)

1. Fold each of the two pashminas a couple of times lengthwise
2. Loosely intertwine the two pashmina shawls
3. Drape the pashmina shawls around your neck

Sash

1. Drape the pashmina shawl over one shoulder
2. Bring pashmina down and across to opposite hip
3. Tie or secure pashmina

What is a Pashmina?

In Pashmina Shawls and Scarves on March 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Growing in popularity, the word “pashmina” can cause confusion among shoppers and would-be-shoppers. The word is immediately linked to “pashmina” shawls, wraps, stoles or scarves. And it is the same versatility, softness, and durability of these accessories that have raised curiosity among fashion bugs and the general public, helping the “pashmina” market expand globally at a fast pace.

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According to Frank Robert, author of Silk, Mohair, Cashmere and Other Luxury Fibers, pashmina comes from the Persian word for wool, pashmineh. The word pashmina refers to a type of fabric that we now call “cashmere.” Where is this type of fabric found? Jane Singer, a New York Times writer, explains that cashmere fibers “come from the silky fleece of changra goats, which live at altitudes of 4,000 to 5,000 meters in the remote Changthang area of the Ladakh region in India’s Jammu and Kashmir State.” The origin and trajectory of cashmere is indeed an interesting one.

“Using age-old Nepalese methods,” Singer reports, “artisans comb and sort the sheered hair (from changra goats), selecting the finest ones for weaving into scarves and shawls. Since pure pashmina is almost weightless, silk is usually added in order to give the fabric some body.” This is the main reason why most pashmina shawls in the market today are a blend of cashmere and silk, with 30% silk and 70% cashmere being the most popular one.

Zayn-ul-Abidin, a ruler of the Kashmir State in 15th century, is known as the founder of the cashmere industry. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the history of cashmere weaving begins a long way back, probably around the 3rd century BC. Since then, as Singer mentions, pashmina weaving has been “considered India’s fabric of royal”?.

But India’s “fabric of royal” did not stay within India for a very long time. With time, pashmina shawls and scarves from Kashmir traveled to Egypt, Europe, and then America.

Today, pashmina shawls and scarves are not reserved for royalty either. Being “warm, soft, protective and feminine,” they have gained the appreciation of women all over the world. And by incorporating Western patterns and styles, pashminas have been able to maintain “a fashion edge” in today’s competitive fashion market. Indeed, some even argue that pashmina shawls and scarves are the “ultimate accessory,” indispensable and always fashionable.

At La Purse, you will find a growing variety of quality pashmina shawls and scarves in dozens of vibrant colors. We, too, believe that pashmina shawls are an indispensable fashion accessory:light, warm, versatile, and always-in-style.

Sources

1. Franck, Robert R. (October 2001). Silk, Mohair, Cashmere and Other Luxury Fibres. Woodhead Publishing.
2. Singer, Jane. “Market for Cashmere Shawl Expands : The Lure of Pashmina” New York Times 13 Mar. 1999 < http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/13/news/13iht-rindia.t.html >.
3. “kashmir shawl.” Encyclop?dia Britannica. 2009. Encyclop?dia Britannica Online. 13 Nov. 2009 < http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/312939/kashmir-shawl >.