by: Nachman Klieman
Shrugs are back in fashion as a stylish cover up for evening or daytime wear. Whether you are going out for a casual evening with friends or to a formal function a fashionable shrug can provide you with a perfect solution for a cover up. The shrug is a decorative answer to changing weather during any season, ensuring your comfort on a cool day or chilly evening. Shrugs are popular in Israel where evenings may be cool and women find themselves searching for a light garment that helps keep them warm when attending a party or event in Jerusalem or in the Galilee.
I guess it’s time to ask, what is a shrug? In fashion terms a shrug is a cropped cardigan like wrap that may be purchased with short or long sleeves and covers the upper body and shoulders. In actuality it is more tailored than a shawl, and is typically worn as the outermost layer of an outfit, with a full shirt, tank top, or dress beneath. In cases of modesty a shrug can help make its wearer feel more comfortable in complementing a stylish dress that has an open back.
A shrug might be another name for a cover up that you are more familiar with, like a shawl. They are typically knitted but may be found in popular seasonal materials like lace and lycra and may be selected with short or long sleeves.
Israeli fashion designers are big on shrugs and shawls and see them as a colorful accessory that helps focus attention on the woman who is wearing one.
Among the popular styles that are common with some shrugs are those that are tied together just below the bust line. Another style is cut off at the sides and may appear as little more than a pair of sleeves joined at the back. Regardless of the season or they type of function, the shrug is a necessary fashion accessory for the woman on the go.