How to Wear a Shrug

If you need a shawl-alternative for wedding or evening events, or when the weather turns chilly in the fall, a shrug adds style and warmth to any dressy or casual wardrobe item. This cozy and waist-length topper complements all body types and helps to hide flabby upper arms. To flatter your figure best, keep the top of your outfit and the shrug in the same color family to elongate and slim your body.

Wear a bright colored shrug with a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans for a crisp everyday look. Wear your shrug over a long tank top with baggy jeans and flip-flops for an ultra-casual look.

Dress up Saturday nights with a black shrug, a fitted T-shirt and a pair of cropped jeans. Accessorize with a black belt and black pumps. Choose a denim shrug over a spaghetti strap top and skinny jeans for an ultra-hip style.

Select a knit or crocheted shrug for daytime. Save a slinky Lycra or fine cashmere shrug for evening.

Create a glamorous look for the holidays or black tie events by selecting a shrug made of sequins, beads or lace. Add a touch of sophistication and warmth with a fur or black velvet shrug atop that special backless or strapless gown.

Mix and match fabrics. Wear a metallic silver shrug with a satin camisole. Contrast a conservative white cotton blouse with a boldly striped knit shrug. Remember to select two different materials for the shrug and the top.