So it's always sunny where I live, and this 'shawl' is just perfect. The fabric is so soft, it covers my whole back and arms and shoulders (i am petite however). I actually wanted it for my toddler as a stroller blanket to protect her legs for the Rays, but I know I will use this for me also. I lay on a lounger and this covered my whole body lengthwise, perfect when reading my book and my legs dangle out the parasol shade! Off to Legoland and this is coming too, it will be great when the chill at night creeps in too, so versatile and it looks great!! Highly recommend, if they had another color or pattern is buy more.