What Color Shawl Do You Wear With a Wine-Colored Evening Dress?

Laura Mroczkowski wears a wine-colored evening dress and black shawl at red-carpet event.

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A wine-colored evening dress has just the right amount of drama but exudes class to boot. If all you needed were your dress shoes you'd be set, but often with evening events you have that extra accessory that can make or break your ensemble: the shawl. So choose your shawl color wisely to complement your gown's deep hue, and you will be the belle of the evening.


An obvious choice, but one that can't go wrong, is the black shawl. Black is a great color selection for colder months. The saturated nature of your dress color and the dark color of a black shawl create a winter or fall vibe. Stay away from black in spring and summer as it's a bit too heavy for this evening dress.


Cream is a fab choice for all year-round. As a neutral, it easily coordinates with a wine-hued confection, and off-white is both classy and understated. It's best to stay away from pure white here since the contrast between the wine-colored dress and the shawl is too extreme.


Don't go crazy here with a shiny (and tacky) lame shawl -- if you could even find one -- but try a subtle gold fabric that will seriously complement a wine-colored dress. Yellow and purple are complementary colors on the color wheel, and derivations of those hues also look great together. Think of it as a little champagne with your wine.


Go with a dual-tone pattern like black and white or a tri-color shawl that has a bright pop of color, such as soft shades of orange or yellow, that complements wine. With any solid gown, you have more accessory freedom and should most definitely seize the opportunity to create some visual interest. Try a subtle floral pattern, for example, which works for both warm and cool months, contrary to what you might think. "Glamour" magazine suggests finding a scarf with darker backgrounds and deeper hues to work this print in the fall, and since wine is such a wonderful autumnal hue as well, you can't go wrong.

Wine Hues

Monochromatic ensembles are easy to pull off if you have the exact same color shawl as your dress. Of course, if you're buying the two separately, this likely isn't going to happen. However, "Glamour" notes that you can expertly pull off this look by picking shades of color that are close but don't match exactly. According to "Glamour," "The dissonance makes a major style statement without looking intentional." So if you're absolutely in love with the wine color of your dress -- and why shouldn't you be -- find a similar hue to don as a shawl.

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