How to Style Black Shawl: 15 Feminine Outfit Ideas

best black shawl outfit ideas

Today, I am going to talk about the black shawl, something that you can layer on top of almost any outfit and instantly make it look more elegant. The black shawl is indeed very easy to style. More important, it is very easy to pull off too. Yet, for those of you who are not familiar with it, I want to quickly show you how to style it. To do that, I have collected some really good black shawl outfit ideas for you. Let’s dive in.

Black Printed Shawl with Grey Shift Mini Dress


To start off this list that contains so many beautiful outfits, I am going to show you an outfit that is somewhere between casual and elegant. You can both wear this outfit for friends’ gathering or as a low-profile cocktail party outfit. To achieve that, simply wear a black shawl over a grey mini shift dress. Wear pale pink heels to add an extra feminine touch.

White Wedding Dress with Black Faux Fur Shawl

white wedding dress black faux fur shawl

A black shawl makes a perfect match with a white wedding dress. In this case, the shawl is a very elegant black faux fur shawl and it simply makes the outfit more lovely and elegant. Practically, it can be worn for making you feel warmer. For the shoes, you can simply wear silver open toe heels to look a bit more shiny and attractive.

Black Shawl with Silver Floral Printed Details

black shawl with silver floral printed details

Sometimes, all you need to make your black shawl more attractive is a little silver detail as the black and silver color combination can often make your outfit eye catching. As an example, this black shawl comes with some nifty silver floral printed details. You can wear the shawl with a black tank shift mini dress with silver open toe heels to look simple yet beautiful.

Black Faux Fur Shawl with Grey Fit and Flare Mini Dress

black faux fur shawl grey fit and flare mini dress

As shown a little earlier, a black faux fur shawl can make your outfit look so much more elegant and lovely. This time, it is not paired with a white wedding dress, instead, it is paired with a grey flared mini dress. You can pair them with silver ankle strap open toe heels to complete a low-key beautiful cocktail party outfit.

Black Shawl with Mini Tank Dress

black shawl with mini tank dress

You can also wear a black shawl as if it is a black scarf. One of the advantages to wearing the shawl this way is to cover up your shoulders and collarbones for those of you who are not too comfortable with showing too much skin. You can pair the shawl with a black tank mini dress and black ankle strap open toe heels to complete the outfit.

Button Up Black Shawl with White Tank Top & Jeans

button up black shawl white tank top jeans

There are many variations of black shawls. For example, this particular one comes in the form of a button up black shawl. You can wear it kind of like a jacket. Pair it with a white tank top and dark blue skinny jeans. For the shoes, wear black ballet flats to complete the outfit in a simple and clean way.

Wear with Black V Neck Tank Shift Dress

black v neck tank shift dress

You can also drape a black shawl over your shoulders and pair it with a sleeveless black mini shift dress. That way, only a little bit of your shoulders are shown. It is almost like that the shawl has turned the sleeveless dress into a cold-shoulder dress, which, very interestingly, makes the outfit look more sexy. For the shoes, you can either wear black or silver open toe heels.

Faux Fur Shawl Over White Shift Dress

faux fur shawl over white shift dress

Here is yet another outfit that involves the black faux fur shawl. This time, it is paired with a white mini shift dress to form an outfit that is suitable for cocktail parties or even formal events. For the shoes, keep the outfit more refreshing by wearing white open toe heels.

Wear with White Lace Bridesmaid Dress

white lace bridesmaid dress

A little earlier, we have seen how a black faux fur shawl can look really good with a white wedding dress. This time, let’s see how a typical large black shawl would look with a white bridesmaid lace dress. As you can see from the above picture, the result may not be as fancy and elegant as the faux fur version but it still looks very pretty. Simply pair them with silver heels to complete the outfit.

Black Ribbed Fringe Shawl with Grey Mini Shift Dress

black ribbed fringe shawl grey mini shift dress

If you look closely, this is not just another typical black shawl. It is actually a ribbed shawl that is made of knit. Also, with its fringes, this black shawl looks very beautiful and unique. You can simply pair it with a grey mini shift dress and grey pointed toe heels to complete this low-key beautiful look.

Black and White Plaid Shawl with Grey Bodycon Mini Dress

black and white plaid shawl grey bodycon mini dress

To achieve a refreshing and casual look, here is an outfit that you may consider. You can wear a grey cotton bodycon mini dress with a pair of white thigh high leather boots to look minimal and ladylike. To add a slight elegant and feminine touch the outfit, layer a black and white plaid shawl on top of the dress.

Lace Shawl with Black Deep V Neck Bodycon Midi Dress

lace shawl black deep v neck bodycon midi dress

Sometimes, when you wear a fancy dress like this black deep v neck midi dress, you may feel like you are showing too much skin. You may especially feel like that when your arms are not as firm as you want them to be. In those scenarios, you can simply layer a black lace shawl to cover up some skin and also make the outfit look more elegant.

Black Lace Shawl Over Light Heather Grey Bodycon Mini Dress

black lace shawl over light heather grey bodycon mini dress

For a ladylike and relatively casual cocktail party look, you can wear a black knotted lace shawl with a light grey bodycon mini dress. Pair them with black ankle strap open toe heels to look more elegant. To see more outfit ideas of similar shoes, you can check out our blog post on how to wear black ankle strap heels.

Wear with White T Shirt & Grey Skinny Jeans

white t shirt grey skinny jeans

Here is a perfect demonstration of how a black shawl can easily turn a overly simple casual outfit into a more beautiful and elegant one. For example, you can wearing a white t shirt with grey jeans and black ballet heels to look very clean and simple. You can take the outfit to the next level by wearing the black fringe shawl.

Black Sheer Shawl with Grey Halter Neck Mini Dress

black sheer shawl grey halter neck mini dress

This dress here is a very sexy grey halter neck mini bodycon dress. To make the overall look more natural and elegant, you can cover up some arms and shoulders with a black sheer shawl. Pair them with silver ankle strap open toe heels to shine in a cocktail party.

I hope you find these black shawl outfit ideas useful. One of the best ways to learn is to start by imitating and then starting to tweak things here and there to make the ideas your own.