In order for us to feel comfortable wearing patterns, it is important to focus on themes which incorporate the things that we like. If you have a particular passion for flowers, for example, then clearly this would make an excellent choice. Take a look at some of the themes on hand painted scarves and shawls to see which ones really gel with your likes or your interests.
Modern or traditional?
Think about your personality and about the styles that you normally go for. Are you a modernist or a traditionalist? If modern is your thing, then consider an abstract design which perhaps features lots of straight lines or angles. If your tastes veer more towards the traditional, perhaps a floral design in either bright or more muted colors might suit better.
Think about your favorite artists
Think about what you don’t like
Using a bit of reverse psychology and thinking about what you don’t like can often be an effective way to get to what really does appeal. Again, try looking at different themes and rule out those which, at an instinctive level, you would prefer to avoid.
Sometimes when we look at a pattern, it is not so much the design itself which makes it feel wrong, but the colors that have been used. Remember that a floral design, for example, which uses strong, bold colors will look completely different to one which uses soft pastels, so it is important not to rule out a particular theme without checking out women’s silk scarves and shawls which have a similar theme but contain different shades.