This shawl is very soft and pretty. I was hoping to use it as a beach cover-up, but the design isn't really condusive to a beach feel. However, it is a great shawl and is handy to keep in my car for going into restaurants during the summer. It is lightweight and fits easliy into most purses. It is always cold in restaurants during the summer and this is perfect to throw around my shoulders to keep me comfortable. Then, right back into the car for the next time I need a little something to keep off the chill.