A benefit of a Pashmina is that it is lightweight. The soft, fine wool of the changthangi goat used to create these special shawls is so fine it has to be hand-woven and blended with silk to make it durable. This blend creates a sheer, shimmery product that is surprisingly warm.
In the cooler months of fall and winter, people often use Pashminas to keep warm. However, it’s lightweight quality makes it a good way to cover your body in warm weather as well. If you have a sleeveless dress that you love, but don’t wear because you are self-conscious about your arms, use your grey Pashmina as a stylish addition to your outfit without worrying about overheating.
A Pashmina also makes a great swimsuit cover-up. You can tie it around your waist to make a nice skirt, around your chest to make a sundress, or even wear it toga style over your favorite bikini or one-piece swimsuit. If you are spending the day at the beach, your shawl is large enough to use as a beach blanket.
Pashminas are known for their bright colors and various patterns. Even a grey Pashmina can come in a nice paisley print. This is a great way to brighten an outfit or provide flair to a solid dress or suit. Use it as a scarf or belt over a solid dress, or monotone skirt and top outfit. It is even a good way to dress up a favorite pair of jeans or casual top.
A shawl doesn’t need to be used only for outings. There are many different ways to use a Pashmina at home. If a home is cool, you can use the oversized shawl as a blanket. If you are not the kind of person who likes to use those blankets with sleeves, drape a shawl around your shoulders, secure it with a shawl pin, and you have a way of staying warm while reading in your favorite chair while keeping your hands free.
The ability to keep your hands free is one reason why those in Kashmir and other native areas use Pashminas. If you have a baby, you can use your grey Pashmina as a front carrier for your infant while moving about the house. Then, swaddle your baby in the shawl when you lay him down for his nap.
There are many unique uses for a grey Pashmina shawl. You can use it as a cover up, beach blanket, or dress up a wardrobe. You can also use it to keep your hands free when holding your baby. Using your Pashmina year round will help you receive an even higher return on the investment of your shawl.