Besides keeping a blazer at work, it’s also a great to have a wrap handy in your office. Sure, they’re great to grab as a top layer when you’re freezing, but that’s just one of the many ways to use a wrap. Here are nine other reasons to keep a wrap at the office:
- Use it as a lap blanket when you’re wearing a skirt or dress and your legs get chilly.
- Need a quick power nap at work? Fold your wrap and use it as a pillow.
- Could your dreary office really use some color? Drape a folded wrap on the back of your chair or on another chair in your office.
- Sit down at work and realize your new skirt is shorter than you thought? Add a little coverage with a wrap. This also works if you like to get comfy at your desk by putting your feet up, etc.
- In the same vein: If your new top didn’t seem revealing in the dressing room but you end up inadvertently flashing someone at the office, layer a wrap over it.
- Hold a wrap over your head (or wrap it around yourself) in the rain when you’re caught without an umbrella.
- Spill something on yourself? Cover it up with a wrap until you can change your outfit.
- On a work trip and the plane is freezing? Use it as a nicer and softer blanket/pillow than the ones from the airline.
- Cover your neck in the wintertime if you’re wearing a neck-baring winter coat and don’t have a scarf with you.
Now that you’ve realized all the great ways to use a wrap, check out a few of Kat’s favorites, most of which are currently on sale:
- Nordstrom Cashmere & Silk Wrap, 16 colors, $99
- Nordstrom Collection Oversize Cashmere Wrap, 5 colors, $223.50 (sale price)
- Brooks Brothers Ruana (pictured), several styles and colors, $126 (sale price) to $3,998
- Talbots Waterweave Wrap, 7 colors, $51 to $129 (sale prices) (reader favorite!)
You may have noticed that one of those is called a ruana and the rest are labeled wraps. What’s the difference, anyway? The terms are often used loosely, but here’s a guide to the technical definitions:
- Wrap: A general category that refers to a garment meant to loosely wrap around the upper body, like a shawl.
- Shawl: A square, rectangular, or triangular piece of fabric that’s designed to be draped over the shoulders and arms. A pashmina is a type of shawl.
- Pashmina: The technical definition refers to fine wool produced from a Cashmere goat. The most popular blend is 70% pashmina/30% silk, but 50/50 is common as well.
- Poncho: A piece of material with an opening in the center for the wearer’s head, with or without a hood.
- Ruana: A poncho-like item (but longer) with or without a hood; a sleeveless square or rectangle of fabric with a slit down the front and a hole in the center for the wearer’s head.
- Scarf: A garment that can either be square or thin and long that’s meant for wrapping or tying around the neck. An infinity scarf is a closed loop.
What are your favorite wraps? Do you leave one (or more) at work for one of its many potential uses? What are your favorite ways to use a wrap? Have you found any inexpensive wraps from, say, Amazon or Target that you like just as much as fancier wraps?
Pictured below: I love this tissue-thin silk/cashmere wrap, particularly in warmer months — and it comes in a ton of colors.