Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Check you out! Pashmina Shawls and Scarves with check appeal Part 2

For Part 2 of our look at checks we're stepping away from tartan and taking a look at the alternatives.
Houndstooth is always a weave that designers return to and is a good buy for a scarf to carry through a few seasons.

I've had a Black and White small houndstooth scarf for several years and it comes out of the drawer every autumn. It's just one of those reliable choices that can look smart or fun depending on your outfit, brightens the face in darker mornings and goes with every coat.  This scarf is available with Small or Large Check. (The large check is about the size of a 50p piece.)

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Black and White Houndstooth Scarf (PD010)
Price: £19.95
Size: 30 x 150cms (12 x 60 inches)

The Houndstooth check also comes in various other sizes and with a beaded fringe, in the scarf size.

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Large Check Black and White Houndstooth Scarf with beaded fringe (PD011)
Price: £24.95
Size: 30 x 150cms (12 x 60 inches)

And in Shawl size (70 x 180cms) Small Check Navy/Tan or Large Check Brown/Black
Price £49.50

Or Large Shawl (90 x 200cms) Large Check Red/Black
Price £64.50

At the more pricey end, two 100% Pashmina Cashmere scarves that are nominally for men but really lovely for women are featured on the Men's page of

The Herringbone scarf is woven in a herringbone weave which gives it a basic stripe lengthwise along the scarf. A check is then introduced using muted golds and navy, and produces an interesting design with the most luxurious feel.

                     100% Pashmina Cashmere Herringbone Scarf - Large Check (MV212M)
Price: £125.00
Size: 45 x 180cms (18 x 72 inches)
Colour: Navy and Gold

The small check scarf is a complicated weave, blending olive green and black. It is formed of small houndstooth checks that are woven to form larger checks. Once again the clever weave and interplay of colours combines to produce a beautiful effect. One side is dominated by the black yarn check and is muted, while the other has a larger proportion of olive green and is brighter and has a more striped look.

100% Pashmina Cashmere Long Scarf - Small Check (MV209)

Price: £125.00
Size: 45 x 180cms (18 x 72 inches)
Colour: Green and Black

There are plenty of other choices in a wide range of prices throughout both sites. If you've never tried a Check weave, give it a go. You'll become hooked!

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Check these out! Pashmina Shawls and Pashmina Scarves in Checks for AW16 Part 1

Tartans are the classic way to wear a check scarf and they are immensely versatile as you can choose between a discreet colourway or one which is brighter but blends several colours, making it easier to wear with various outfits.
The tartans at Pashminas Direct and Mayfair Valley Pashmina are authentic weaves made of 70% pashmina cashmere and 30% silk, so that you have the luxury and enduring wearability that you expect from a pashmina.

                                                                   SINCLAIR SCARF
                                                               BLACKWATCH SCARF
                                                                       GUNN SCARF

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Scarf - Tartan Size : (30 x 150cm) (12 x 60 inches)  
Ref PD016ST Price £24.50
Tartans: Blackwatch, Gunn or Sinclair

Being a pashmina addict, I've had the Sinclair and Blackwatch scarves for several years and find them really useful with a denim jacket in Autumn and as Winter turns to Spring. They're a neat size when you don't need much scarf and the broken colour of the check is flattering round the face, even with strong colours that would be difficult to wear as a block.
My shawl size is the Dress Gordon tartan. With its white base and blend of Royal Blue, Green and highlights of yellow, it is bright but still discreet and goes perfectly with a navy mac.

                                                      TARTAN SHAWLS 70 x 180cms

Clockwise from top left: Pride of Scotland, Sinclair (Red), Dress Gordon, Gunn, Lindsay, Ancient Buchanan (Oranges)
70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Shawl Tartan

Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches)
 Ref PD016LT Price £59.30
Tartans: Ancient Buchanan, Dress Gordon, Sinclair, Lindsay, Pride Of Scotland, Gunn

                                    If you want more wrap, go for the Large Shawl size!

                                    LINDSAY TARTAN LARGE SHAWL 90 x 200cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Large Shawl - Tartan
Size : (90 x 200cm) (35 x 80 inches)
Ref PD016XLT Price £75.00
 Tartans: Ancient Buchanan, Blackwatch, Dress Gordon, Sinclair, Lindsay, Pride Of Scotland   

The Tartan Shawls and Large Shawls all appear on the Mayfair Valley Daytime page as single items. If you want to see them pictured individually, please follow the link below.

Lightweight Pashmina Cashmere and Silk has a beautifully sensuous drape that is perfect for occasion wear and if you are looking for something with that wow factor, the Zanzibar range at Mayfair Valley Pashmina gives a nod to that tartan look with designer oomph.
The Zanzibar Shawl is woven in a pattern of stripes that run length and width-wise to produce a check. As the colours cross they double up and intensify, or mix and create a blend, producing a fascinating shimmer of colour. Some of the range are also over-dyed with another colour to add a further iridescence  
                                     SILVER ROSE ZANZIBAR SHAWL 70 x 180cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Lightweight Shawl - Silver Rose Zanzibar
Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches) Ref MV370LW Price £99.00

                                          PEACOCK ZANZIBAR SHAWL 70 x 180cms

70% Pashmina Cashmere and 30% Silk Lightweight Shawl - Peacock Zanzibar
Size : (70 x 180cm) (28 x 72 inches)
 Ref MV361LW Price £99.00

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