Thought I might look chic and stylish wrapped in a pashmina. Turns out I look like a flood victim huddling in a blanket. Why is this?

(34 Posts)
BroccoliSpears Fri 18-Jan-08 14:31:39

Is it because the pashmina is pistachio green? Green is a very good colour on me, but perhaps is not such a great colour on a pashmina.

Is it because I have the figure of a beachball am pregnant?

Is it because I'm not doing it right?

Is it because I have no innate style and should accept that borrowing DP's purple anorack is my zennith when it comes to matters of style?

louii Mon 21-Jan-08 14:05:31

Fantastic thread title grin grin

choosyfloosy Mon 21-Jan-08 14:01:39

I don't actually think you have to be thin per se - but i do think you have to be an 'egg on legs' or apple shape, rather than a beautiful womanly hourglass or pear shape. does that help at all?

They make great picnic blankets.

Monkeytrousers Mon 21-Jan-08 14:00:44

pmsl

what an image

janmoomoo Mon 21-Jan-08 13:59:56

I was wearing one last autumn thinking I looked very bohemian, and a male friend said to me "are you wearing a pashmina or did you just not notice the bed sheet still wrapped around you when you got up this morning"!!! He had a point I think. You do see some people wearing them and looking so fabulously casual. I tend to fold in half, loop through and wear as scarf now.

InLoveWithSweenyTodd Fri 18-Jan-08 20:30:14

PMSL!!!
I found this video
"How to wear a pashmina"
but this computer I am on now hasn't got speakers so I've no idea of what she is saying... but you get the picture

Oh PMSL! grin Thanks OP!

expatinscotland Fri 18-Jan-08 20:16:10

i have a wool shawl that an Indian friend taught me how to drape on and secure with pins, and you leave more drape at the back so you can put it over your head if it rains - but you have to pin it on.

that and the way Minky described are the only ways I don't look like I tried to rob a fabric shop.

RustyBear Fri 18-Jan-08 20:14:42

I have a pashmina that I only wear when reading in bed because on me it is definitely flood-victim material. Tonight, however, DD has borrowed it because she felt cold in her fancy dress

envy I was that thin once......

Cremolafoam Fri 18-Jan-08 20:04:53

i don't know- but i do too.i also look like i'm wearing a lab coat when i try on a mac of any kind.
i tried a coat on in Monsoon recently and the assistant said i looked like a feckin chemist

BroccoliSpears Fri 18-Jan-08 20:01:39

Soooo... all I need to do is grow a bit and become slender. Sorted. Anyone got a rack they're not using? Swap you for a pistachio green pashmina?

Califrau Fri 18-Jan-08 17:26:46

one of my earliest thread title memories from waaaay back in the bowels of MN history was something like
"how can I wear a pashmina without looking like I'm about to sell you lucky heather?"I think about that every time I don one.

PinkPussyCat Fri 18-Jan-08 17:20:02

Tis truesad

grin

needmorecoffee Fri 18-Jan-08 16:13:53

pinkpussycat grin

MrsBadger Fri 18-Jan-08 16:10:38

wear as scarf as Mink describes

other way (thus like your mate) only really works over evening dresses or summer-wedding-wear unless v tall and svelte and wearing something fitted.

bossykate Fri 18-Jan-08 15:42:04

i think to be elegant with the draping shawl thingy you need to be slim or tall or pref. both.

ZippiBabes Fri 18-Jan-08 15:40:02

i don't think i have ever seen anyone wearing a pashmina

PinkPussyCat Fri 18-Jan-08 15:34:19

I bought myself a pashmina in the airport prior to honeymoon in a sort of 'burnt orange' colour. That'll prevent the old sunburn, I thought. I wasn't aware that pashminas come in various sizes - this one was mahoosive and I spent most of my honeymoon being mistaken for a Tibetan monk!

jesuswhatnext Fri 18-Jan-08 15:30:21

my lovely dh gave me a lush, v.expensive pashmina from libertys several years ago, i'm not fat, pregnant, particularly ugly but i still look like a balkan refugee in ithmm

no amount of draping, flicking, rolling or general swishing has ever made it look good on me

give up and buy a coat grin

MinkVelvet Fri 18-Jan-08 15:00:37

are you waering it as a scarf or as a shawl??

i often wear on ebut as a scarf-they are good cois very long and drapey and keep your neck warm

i fold it in half-put round my meck-loop the two loose ends throught the loopy end<<<geddit???>>>>

wink

i think draping over shoulkders is only a good look for evening wear or over a summer dress tbh

BroccoliSpears Fri 18-Jan-08 14:56:15

Well, my very tall, very slim, beautiful, stylish friend who has never had babies and tends not to have yogurt smears on her expensive, designer clothes - she sort of flings one end across her chest and behind her over one shoulder, and then scoops up the other end around her arm and flings that over the other shoulder and it looks brilliant.

I can't work out what I'm doing differently.

Bobbiewickham Fri 18-Jan-08 14:46:40

God, this always happens.

I think of it as the reality gap.

What you imagine you look like and what you really look like.

I find it strikes when I think I look all cute and cuddly in my leisurewear and bedsocks and glasses, a la Cameron Diaz in The Holiday.

Then I catch sight of my reflection in the kitchen window and realise I look more like a short sighted, depressed sofa.

Just don't look at your reflection. Live in your head!

HuwEdwards Fri 18-Jan-08 14:42:59

think you need to be willowy and erm....not pregnant.

Mommalove Fri 18-Jan-08 14:40:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Maidamess Fri 18-Jan-08 14:39:23

Don't wrap it round your shoulders. Do the funky pashmina tie round your neck and you will look grrrrrreat!

VanillaPumpkin Fri 18-Jan-08 14:39:11

I bought a wrap from M&S this week. It only looks good if I have tightish trousers (skinny jeans or slim bootcut) on so that I look slim underneath if you see what I mean. Like the smock tops really I think you need your legs to look long and slim....

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