First tip I can offer and the most important is that go with a “Seasonal Shawl” what this means is choose a shawl appropriate for the season so you are comfortable and stylish in keeping with scarf shawl color trends of that season.
To explain this better in spring I would choose a cashmere shawl but rather than a 4 ply thick cashmere shawl I would opt for a 2 ply cashmere wrap which is not too thick yet soft and protective for the cool spring air.
In summer I love the airy sheer chiffon wraps, silk shawls, netted metallic shawls that are really elegant and dressy shawls.
In Fall I do love the burnt orange red purple Pashmina shawls. Pashmina wool shawls are light to wear yet soft warm and very beautifully protective. You can buy a solid color Pashmina shawl or a woven paisley designer shawl depending on how busy the dress is. This takes us to the next tip.
If the evening dress is ornate beaded and busy matching it with a simple elegant formal solid shawl wrap is the way to go. On the other hand a simple solid color dress would look more classy with an inlaid paisley shawl, a designer embellished wrap, an embroidered pashmina, a silk chiffon shawl with crystals, netted lace shawls.
The next question is about color of the shawl for a particular dress. A black dress can have a pastel color shawl pink, blue, green coral, silver, ivory cream, white during spring and summer, a more vibrant color shawl wrap like orange red purple for fall and Holiday colors during Christmas Season like red dark green gold in winter and not to forget that must have classic colors are great year round – a black shawls is a must have women’s shawl for any season, a beige shawl, cream shawl, navy, red, brown are classic must have shawl colors to complete your wardrobe.
Finally wear a shawl to match the accessories like your shoes and jewelry. If you are wearing silver jewelry wear a Silver Silk Pashmina that has a nice sheen to it for radiance and shine for evening wear. Gold accessories would need a gold chiffon shawl or silk shawl to pull the outfit together. Pearls are great with an ivory pashmina or ivory chiffon silk wrap.
Conclusion is keeping these points in mind will make your formal shawls shopping experience quick, fun and pleasurable when you finally find that perfect shawl to make the dress even more beautiful it is a fulfilling experience. One last tip book mark a site that has a huge selection of evening shawls to choose from as there will be something for everyone especially when shopping for the Holiday gifts / unique gifts for women for any occasion or event. Many online evening shawl sites have zero service steer away from those and stick with sites that answer calls and emails and that are known for good service. A formal shawls site with a Better Business Bureau Accreditation is a huge plus so you can be assured of good products and pleasant service. Read reviews and write detailed reviews as they are a good customer tool when making a buying decision. Lastly look for coupon codes to get an extra discount as online shawls and wraps sites are highly competitive.