Shawls

A shawl is a simple item of clothing, loosely worn over the shoulders, upper body and arms, and sometimes also over the head. It is usually a rectangular or square piece of cloth which is often folded to make a triangle but can also be triangular in shape. Other shapes include oblong shawls. Shawls are used in order to keep warm, to complement a costume, and for symbolic reasons.

Today, shawls are worn for added warmth (and fashion) at outdoor or indoor evening affairs, where the temperature is warm enough for men in suits but not for women in dresses and where a jacket might be inappropriate.