aw thanks! so to answer your questions - the back basically looks like the front, except the patterns are flipped. It is pretty much two loops that are connected. Think of it more like a sleeveless sweater or a cape than a shawl - it is meant to be worn over clothes, but doesn't have sleeves. I don't really know that you can wear it any other way - I suppose you can put it around your neck but it would have so much extra fabric hanging.