Fashion trends have undergone great changes in the past decade and today’s fashion conscious individual likes to keep in touch with the latest trend. Women, men, and college going teenagers, all like to keep abreast of the latest fashions and be seen in the latest apparels. Today, women are not confined only to the sari. They wear salwar kameez, jeans, T-shirts, kurtis, etc. Even men have changed styles to more western wear and casuals, and the teenagers- girls and boys alike are the most fashion conscious and go to great lengths to look trendy.
There are many accessories that can be used to make an outfit look different and chic. However, not all accessories work as well as a stole when it comes to changing a particular look and giving it style and identity. A stole is an accessory, which has been in and out of trends but never out of a wardrobe. It is a long scarf of cloth or fur worn around the shoulder. It can be combined with a simple salwar kameez to give the salwar a complete makeover.
The longer stoles which are also called shawls can be used in combination with a saree to give a sari a more elegant and royal touch. In addition, when it comes to the working woman of today, stoles can be teamed up with trousers and blouses to give the outfit a sharp and efficient look. For the style conscious man of today, stoles can be mixed together with jeans, T-shirts and trousers to make him look more stylish. The smaller silk scarves are used with long sleeve shirts to give a formal suave look. Stoles are an accessory, which can be worn by both the sexes with ease.
Stoles can be bought in many materials. Benarasi, tussar and Mysore silk and Pashmina stoles are very popular with everyone .They lend a rich and royal feel to an outfit. Cashmere and Pashmina stoles are hand woven with embroidery and are much sought after as occasion wear. Cotton, georgette and chiffon stoles are very popular in the summer time to be used as an accessory and also as a shield against the heat… Woolen stoles are naturally used in wintertime to add color to a dull outfit. The wrinkled look material stoles are very much in demand today and many will have a stole of this type in their collection. As for designs, you will be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of designs with florals, dots, geometric designs, animal prints, tie and dye, batik prints, self colours, etc.
Stoles can be worn in a simple knot at the neck to give an outfit a formal look or can be left to fall from the shoulders for a casual look. It can also be double wrapped around the neck to make a simple attire a fashion statement.
Stoles are a rage with everyone from celebrities to the common man and they are one fashion accessory, which can complete an ensemble, and they will always be in fashion no matter what the season.