Not to Wal-Mart or while I'm out gardening. I don't know how our great-great-grandmothers managed to do so much in them, given what a pain in the butt a shawl can be. I've crocheted a few shawls for myself, and have a ridiculous number of patterns for them. Not sure I'll ever make them all, but I love having the patterns, love thinking of the fuzzy, slinky, or wooly yarn I'll crochet into them. (An even bigger fantasy: I will KNiT one and PuRL two!) But I wear them, and love them.
Here's why: they make me be still.
Aside from practical considerations--did you ever try to put a load of laundry on to wash while wearing one?--a shawl is for sitting still. Perfect for early weekend mornings...for evenings, when dark rolls in and the chores are done. A certain frame of mind is necessary to wear a shawl correctly, in my never-has-been-humble opinion. A willingness to sit, unencumbered by feelings of guilt FOR sitting, and doing whatever you want to do while you sit...whether it's hand-sewing, watching TV, watching birds from the porch with a mug of tea.
Perfect for doing nothing at all...for being still.
Do wear shawls? Why? When?