REVIEW: We Try Out 6 Ways to Wear Prancing Leopard’s Cocoon Shawl

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It’s a shawl…it’s a cape…it’s the Super Cocoon! Okay, so it’s actually just called the Cocoon, but this uber versatile sweater/cardigan/scarf is sure to be the superhero of your wardrobe. Made from organic cotton, it’s a transforming staple that can be worn in so many ways that you could wear it differently every day of the week. Prancing Leopard recently sent us one to try out for ourselves and we came up with 6 smart ways to style it – and that was just within the first 20 minutes of playing around with it! Read on for our review of the Cocoon, and check out all of the ways we wore it.


As soon as we opened up the package from Prancing Leopard, we were delighted to start experimenting with the Cocoon. The one they sent us was basic black, which is great because you could literally wear it to the office every day and fool people into thinking it’s at least 3 or 4 different garments. If you’re feeling adventurous though, it also comes in Wine Red, Rust Red and Iron Stone.

According to the Prancing Leopard website, the Cocoon uses “fine 20-2 yarn made exclusively for this piece from 100% Organic Turkish Long-fiber Cotton.” To be fair, we wouldn’t say that the feel of the piece is luxuriously soft. It has more of a natural feel and a pretty loose weave that makes it very lightweight and breathable. At the time we tried it on, it was a balmy 75 or so degrees in the room (we’re trying to do the no AC thing), but it didn’t make us feel clammy. At the same time, I could see having the Cocoon on an airplane being a lifesaver. Not only is it big enough to literally make into a cocoon for your body (seeing as how many major airlines are getting cheap with their blankets), it would make a perfectly heavenly pillow rolled up.

While it looks totally different on the body, when folded up the Cocoon basically resembles a wide and long scarf with a sleeve on either end. This simple and clever shape allows it to be twisted, folded, tied and transformed into a myriad of styles. The ones we came up with (check out all of our photos to see each look) were an infinity scarf, a one-shoulder shirt, a long cardigan, a backwards shawl, a hood and even a halter top. But use your imagination to come up with your own – anything from a turban to a skirt! At $161, the Cocoon isn’t cheap. But if you divide that price by the number of different garments it actually replaces, we think you’ll see it’s well worth the price.

Cocoon II Shrug – $161 at Prancing Leopard >>

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