The Sinulog is one event that no one wants to miss. It’s col­or­ful, lively, and so much fun! Any­one who is by the pa­rade route is sure to be taken away by the fes­tive vibe.

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE - By Au­drey Cabahug

Go­ing out to the spec­ta­cle also ex­poses one to the gaze of oth­ers in the crowd. So, one’s ap­pear­ance mat­ters. But the pos­si­bly swel­ter­ing sky on the big day also calls to mind the is­sue of wear­ing com­fort­ably.

Shawl and shades can be the sim­ple so­lu­tion. A shawl is a ver­sa­tile piece, us­able in any weather. And both shawl and shades are easy to put on or take off, depend­ing on how the day turns out to be. Both make good fash­ion ac­ces­sories and good sun pro­tec­tion, as well.

And the com­bi­na­tion can make for a nice fi­esta look. A shawl in bright col­ors is very hip for this time and can really help to cre­ate an eye-catch­ing, dif­fer­ent look. For the shades, well, darker is al­ways bet­ter.

The shawl does not get much at­ten­tion – where it should have – as a fi­esta fash­ion item. It’s of­ten just the Sinulog tees that ev­ery­one raves about. T-shirts are okay, of course, but it’s not the only thing that can make the fi­esta look.

The shawl is nice be­cause it has a unique look, dif­fer­ent from other ac­ces­sories. On the other hand, it keeps the wearer sun-pro­tected on a bright day, and also keeps her warm when it’s cold. Shawls are ver­sa­tile; these can be worn for dressy oc­ca­sions or ca­sual ones.

The ver­sa­til­ity of the shawl it owes from the fact that the piece come of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als. There’s the heavy shawl for cold weather and an­other made of a lighter fab­ric, such as silk, for the warm, sunny days.

An­other nice thing about shawls is that these are easy to re­move and drape back on depend­ing on the tem­per­a­ture of the room or the out­doors – per­fect for lay­er­ing in cold weather. In tem­per­ate weather, a shawl can be worn over a tank top or T-shirt. It also looks good over a short-sleeved dress. It can even be worn over a light sweater with jeans or leg­gings and over a sweater dress with tights or leg­gings and boots when the weather be­gins to cool.

It can in­deed be so re­as­sur­ing to have on hand a ver­sa­tile item of cloth­ing to be donned when needed, and then eas­ily re­moved. Those who have worn shawls be­fore know how spe­cial and use­ful the piece is. And, if given as a gift, a shawl is al­ways sure to fit.

Cather­ine Ja­cobs, at the web­site­, shares help­ful ideas on how to wear a shawl as a bo­hemian wrap:

“Whether you’re spend­ing the day at the Sinulog grand pa­rade in un­cer­tain weather, or you just want to strike a bo­hemian look for shop­ping and run­ning er­rands around town, a pretty batik print shawl is a great way to add flair to your out­fits. A light­weight shawl adds plenty of visual in­ter­est to your out­fit, and you won’t feel suf­fo­cated in the way you might by a heavy coat. If the weather warms up, you can al­ways fold your shawl into a long ver­ti­cal strip of fab­ric and drape it over your shoul­der, or tie it around your purse strap, depend­ing on its size.”

One may also con­sider “cre­at­ing an of-the-minute out­fit that looks great, and is crazy easy to wear, by throw­ing a huge shawl over one’s out­fit,” adds Ja­cobs. There are re­versible op­tions in stores, too; it’s two lay­er­ing pieces in one to stretch the fash­ion bud­get. And since it’s fi­esta time, a pop of color may be added to a min­i­mal­ist out­fit, by adding a col­or­ful shawl.

It does not take a fash­ion ex­pert to make a shawl work on any out­fit. A light­weight shawl adds co­zi­ness, or a fun pop of color, to just about any warm-weather out­fit, from denim shorts, to sun­dresses, jump­suits, and even bathing suit. For the Sinulog pa­rade, adding a pair of shades will seal the fi­esta look.

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