A stole is more of a formal shawl, made of more expensive fabric, used around the shoulders over a ball gown or formal dress. Stoles are typically narrower than a shawl. Stoles are wrapped and carried about the shoulders or arms like a cape. Stoles are made from lighter materials such as silk and chiffon.
Stoles are typically 20 to 30 inches wide to 68 to 74 inches long.